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:
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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.
Professor in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University
Brian van Wilgen is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University. His work over the extent of his career as a researcher has made considerable impact in the area of ecosystem conservation, management and sustainable use for the benefit of society. A large body of his work has focused on biological invasions and how to deal with conflict species as well as the ecology and management of vegetation fires.
His work has been instrumental in raising awareness among key policymakers about the ecological and social impacts of alien plant invasions, justifying the implementation of wideranging programmes designed to manage invasive plant species in South Africa. He led the team at the CSIR that developed the initial models of water use by alien trees in the early 1990s, and extrapolated this across the country.
This work provided the scientific basis for the formation of the Working for Water programme, a government initiative for the removal of alien trees from catchment areas, but, more importantly, providing employment opportunities to thousands of disadvantaged South Africans, particularly women, youth and the disabled. By 2020 the Working for Water programme, now administered by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, had invested an average of R355 million per year and created more than 8 300 full-time jobs annually.
His initial work on alien plants and water resources was followed by assessments of the impacts of invading alien plants on rangeland productivity, biodiversity and the risk of wildfires. He has produced studies detailing the monetary costs of invasions by species such as the black wattle (one of the first studies in the world to look at the nett value of a conflict species), pines, prosopis, and, more recently, the polyphagous shot hole borer. In addition he has quantified the substantial returns on investment achievable from biological control.
Overall, Professor van Wilgen’s work has helped to place South Africa at the forefront of managing biological invasions, and he has shared his knowledge internationally to regions such as East Africa, South America, Europe, Reunion, Australia and North America among others. Professor van Wilgen obtained his BSc in Forestry and Honours in Nature Conservation from Stellenbosch University, and his Master’s and PhD in Botany from the University of Cape Town. He completed a DSc in Botany at Stellenbosch University. He spent 16 years at the South African Forestry Research Institute as a Research Officer and Specialist Scientist before moving to the CSIR where he worked as a Chief Ecologist and a CSIR Fellow. In 2014 he joined SU as a Professor. He was appointed Emeritus Professor at the institution following his retirement in 2020.
Since 1985 Prof van Wilgen has published 175 articles in peer-reviewed journals with his papers being cited more than 21 000 times. His text book (with William Bond), Plants and Fire, has been cited more than 2 000 times while Biological Invasions in South Africa, published in 2020, has already been downloaded 372 000 times and cited 500 times. He maintains an h-index 77 on Google Scholar. Prof van Wilgen has co-authored and/or edited four books – Biological Invasions in South Africa (2020); Fire in Southern African Savannas: Ecological and atmospheric perspectives (1997); Plants and Fire (1996); and Fire in South African Mountain Fynbos: Species, community and ecosystem response in Swartboskloof (1996) and 40 book chapters.
He has regularly written articles for mainstream and science publications and has been interviewed on radio and television to raise concerns around invasive species. Over the course of his career he has supervised a number of Doctoral candidates to completion as well as Master’s students and Postdoctoral researchers. He regularly reviews papers for international academic journals and is an examiner for MSc and PhD dissertations both locally and internationally.
His work has garnered considerable recognition over the years. He won the CSIR’s Outstanding Achiever Award twice, in 1996 and 1997, and, in 2010, the National Science and Technology Foundation’s Award for outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation over a lifetime. He also received the Kudu Award from South African National Parks for corporate contributions to conservation, and the South African Academy of Science’s Gold medal. In 2011 he was elected a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and in 2014 a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.
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