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)
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
Group Executive: Strategy Planning and Partnerships
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Collaborative Funding Call
NRF BRICS Call Guideline
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF general masters scholarships for 2022 academic year
Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarships for 2022 Academic Year
PHILA Awards 2022
2022 JWO Research Grant Applications Now Open
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 Clifford Nxomani is the National Research Foundation (NRF) Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
He is a driven leader and a strategic thinker who has a wealth of research management experience, having spent 24 years in the academic, research and scientific environment. Of the 24 years, 17 were spent at the NRF part of which were at the South African Astronomical Observatory, where he was manager responsible for the Southern African Large Telescope Collateral Benefits Programme. Dr Nxomani also spent two years at the South African Medical Research Council as an Executive Manager responsible for research administration and management.
Prior to his appointment in his current role, Dr. Nxomani was the Managing Director of the National Zoological Gardens (NZG), a position he held for nine years. As the Managing Director of the NZG he provided executive leadership to a complex and multi-faceted business unit with over 300 staff members. He led the transformation of the NZG from a classical zoo to a research-intensive entity and placed it on a trajectory to claim its place as a credible National Research Facility. A key strategy followed in the transformation of the NZG was the establishment of research and technology platforms to underpin the research programmes and activities of the organization. This entailed acquisition of state-of-the-art research equipment and recruitment of suitably skilled individuals.
In his current role as Deputy CEO: National Research Infrastructure Platforms, Dr Nxomani is responsible for leading the portfolio of National Research Facilities that currently operate in the following clusters: Astronomy and Geosciences; Biodiversity, Environment and Conservation sciences; and Nuclear sciences. In addition, Dr Nxomani is responsible for establishing and provisioning national research infrastructure located at universities and research institutions. In this function Dr. Nxomani plays an important role in defining the national strategy for securing appropriate national infrastructure for research and for their potential declaration as national facilities.
Dr. Nxomani holds a doctoral qualification in molecular genetics from Rhodes University which he obtained based on the research he conducted while working at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.
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