The National Research Foundation was established as an independant government agency, through the National Research Foundation Act [Act No.23 of 1998].
The NRF receives its mandate from the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998, as amended). According to Section 3 of the Act, the object of the NRF is to contribute to national development by:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and (CFO)
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Pilot Call for Full Proposals
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
Invitation for Nominations for Professional Development Programme (PDP) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023
2023 iThemba Labs Physics Summer School Call for Applications
Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
Announcement of Successful Applications for Scarce Skills Honours Scholarships 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Honours Scholarships In 2023
HFSP funding opportunity announcement
Risk and Uncertainty in Finance and Economics Conference
Africa’s leading research facility for accelerator based science. Probing fundamental structure and the origins of matter; Advancing the understanding of condensed matter; Impacting the Societal need through provision for the health and environmental sector
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences is the continents' biggest facility for particle and nuclear research.
The SAAO is a national facility of the NRF and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.
SAEON is a national platform for detecting, translating and predicting environmental change.
SAIAB provides unique skills and infrastructure support in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems research, molecular research, collections and bioinformatics.
SARAO is a national facility of the NRF and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, (HartRAO) in Gauteng...
South Africa’s innovation revolution must assist in solving our society’s deep and pressing socio-economic challenges. Global competitiveness, shrinking resource availability, and the requirements of a skilled labour force mean that, increasingly, an awareness and understanding of why science and research are critical to our lives is essential for developing an innovation culture.
Within the next five years, the aim is to begin to more fully embed engagement in and with science in the core NRF missions of supporting and promoting new knowledge and growing new knowledge workers. This is led by the formulation of an acceptable NRF position on engaged research which will guide the NRF approach…
NRF | SAASTA is the NRF business division tasked with leading and coordinating the science engagement programme across the NRF and beyond. The NRF is equally committed to ensuring that the science engagement leadership and national coordination role…
The NRF provides leading-edge research infrastructure platforms that ensure that the national research enterprise has the requisite infrastructure to undertake globally competitive discovery science, train the next generation of researchers, support engagement with science by and with the public and promote innovation that positively impacts society, the environment, the economy.
The annual NRF Awards recognize and celebrate South African research excellence. The awards presented to researchers are in two categories, the ratings linked awards and special recognition awards.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) conducts its procurement of goods, services, and works in accordance with its Supply Chain Management Policy in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is guided by its Supply Chain Management Policy in its procurement of goods and services. The Policy sets out the prescripts issued by National Treasury with the exact note referenced in the footnotes. The Supply Chain Management policy adheres to the National Treasury’s prescribed supply chain system framework.
The NRF’s Supply Chain Management Policy and the conduct of supply chain management at the NRF seeks to give effect to section 217 of the South African Constitution which requires that all procurement of goods and services must be done in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.
The National Research Foundation bid awards and contracts. Below is the latest award.
Dr Aldo Stroebel is the Acting Group Executive Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, and Executive Director Strategic Partnerships. He serves as South Africa’s National Contact Point for the European Research Council, as Board Member of the Water Research Commission, as the co-chairperson of the Executive Support Group of the Global Research Council, and as Council Member of IIASA. He is a Foreign Fellow of the Ugandan National Academy of Science, a Senior Fellow of the Pan-African Scientific Council, and a founding member of the SA Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Education credentials: University of Pretoria (BSc- and Hons-degrees); University of Ghent, Belgium (Masters in International Agricultural Development); University of the Free State and Cornell University, USA (PhD); Postdoctoral research at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Prior to his role at the NRF, he was an Associate Professor in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of the Free State (UFS), Founding Director of International Affairs, and subsequently seconded to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor as Advisor and Director Strategic Programmes. At UFS and at the University of Pretoria (UP), he was involved in the designing and implementation of numerous policy, organisational and development systems and strategies for the management and mentoring of multicultural teams, and establishing and guiding multi-sectoral partnerships and networks in support of research and innovation. At UP, he coordinated the multi-country regional Integrated Rural Development Programme, funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation.
He is a former Board Member of the Agricultural Research Council, and has recently led its Institutional Review. Specialist engagements include consultations for the IUCN, World Bank, and LuxAid; expert input to the German BMBF; and he has served as the President of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) as President and Vice-President.
He has been a participant and often key driver of very prominent initiatives, confirming his commitment to the transformative power of higher education, reflected for example in his involvement with the African Union Commission (AUC) in its Committee of Ten (Co10) Heads of State appointed to champion the role of science, technology and innovation in Africa.
He is currently leading and directing significant initiatives including the African Open Science Platform (AOSP), the recent award of the Future Earth Global Africa Hub to the NRF, and the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has established extensive international professional networks which span the global higher education research, policy and funding spheres.
He is the 2022 recipient of the SARIMA Research Management Excellence Award.
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