South African Population Research
Infrastructure Network

population-based science

SAPRIN - DST/ MRC South African Population Research Infrastructure Network
A long term investment into a national research infrastructure funded by
the national Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)


Impact and Outcomes

Accessible, Dynamic and Timely Data

Up-to-date, longitudinal data representative of South Africa’s fast-changing poorer communities for research, interpretation and calibration of national datasets



Improved Research Output

Access to an extensive, interdisciplinary research platform for researchers from universities, science councils, other organisations, including regional and international collaborations

Reduced costs and making poorer South Africans healthier and better-off

An evidence-base for cost evaluation, policy making and targeting intervention programmes, thereby improving the accuracy and efficiency of pro-poor, health and wellbeing interventions



Elevated Capacity for conducting Science in the Country

An expanded human capacity for conducting advanced research that is effectively linked with national, regional and international networks

what SAPRIN says

"SAPRIN integrates public, private and academic sectors in a long-term partnership, to produce first-rate, highly-relevant research."


“Participating communities are helping to shape an all-inclusive socio-economic South Africa by providing valuable data that will inform and design life-altering interventions and strategies in response to the country’s biggest challenges”

Professor Mark Collinson

Public Engagement

Latest News - Events - Research Findings - Photos

Request for Application: Hosting a SAPRIN Node in Gauteng or City of Cape Town Metropolitan Area

12 December 2019 (Closing date: 28 February 2020)

This RFA aims to expand the current network of three rural nodes to incorporate one node in each of Gauteng and the City of Cape Town metropolitan areas.

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Press Release

18 April 2019

SAPRIN releases its first population dataset to track South Africans' health and wellbeing

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Press Release

7 December 2018

New population research centre to be launched at the University of Limpopo

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