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The NRF to host its Annual Awards for Research Excellence in Bloemfontein

The National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting its annual NRF Awards in Bloemfontein on Thursday, 14 September 2017. The individuals to be honoured at this year’s ceremony are South African researchers who have obtained A- and P- ratings during the recent NRF rating cycle, as well as recipients of various other awards that recognise individuals for exceptional contributions towards developing human capacity and knowledge generation in South Africa.

The NRF has played a critical role in enabling South Africa’s research environment, driving not only excellent scientific research output, but also the growth of the scientific workforce and its continued transformation. For the 2016/17 financial year the NRF has increased the support for female postgraduate students by 76%. Over the same period, support for black postgraduate students increased by 94%. Furthermore the NRF supported 14 173 postgraduate students through bursaries and scholarships, translating to 9.2% of all registered students for the 2016 academic year.

The event is also seen as a launching pad that opens up opportunities for more people to take up research as a career and setting the base for the next generation of scientists to move the country forward.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, be in attendance and will speak at the event.

All media are invited.

Details for the event
Date: Thursday, 14 September 2017
Time: 16:30 for 17:00
Venue: Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein
Dress: Business or Traditional Attire

For media enquiries, interviews and RSVP, please contact:
Palesa Mokoena
National Research Foundation
Tel: 012 481 4058
Email: palesa.mokoena@nrf.ac.za


ABOUT THE NRF: The National Research Foundation (NRF) is an independent statutory body setup in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. Its mandate is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge, and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.

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