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NSF and NRF announce agreement and the Institute of Cognitive Networking (iCON) between South Africa and the USA launched

On 25 July 2016, the NRF and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the USA announced the finalisation of a formal agreement to support fundamental interdisciplinary research between the two agencies. The agreement, to be concluded within the next three months, will include cross-cutting areas of human capital development, diversity and, specifically, gender. Initial thematic areas will include ICT, biodiversity, astronomy and the oceans.

The announcement took place during the launch of the Institute of Cognitive Networking (iCON) between South Africa and USA. iCON is a virtual institute for promoting and sustaining cognitive wireless networking-related research and education collaborations between South Africa and the US. This project brings both the academic, private and government sectors together and aims to develop technology for low cost, reliable broadband access for underserved areas. The conceptualisation of iCON builds on a range of collaborative engagements between US and SA organisations, preceded by a first workshop during January 2016 in the US.

The events were hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Engineering, IT and the Built Environment, led by the Dean, Prof Sunil Maharaj. Financial support was provided by the NRF and the NSF.

For additional details on this partnership please contact Nombuso Madonda, International Relations and Cooperation, NRF: Nombuso.madonda@nrf.ac.za

Dr Thyaga Nandagopal (NSF), Dr Mangala Sharma (NSF),  Mr Laird Treiber (US Embassy) and Dr Aldo Stroebel (NRF)
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Functionaries of the Programme
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Cocktail group photo
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