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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Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
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 General Honours Scholarships 2023_July
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Call for Proposals: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Japan International Cooperation Agency Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
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.
Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria
Few have taken public engagement with research as seriously as Professor Ryan Blumenthal, Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Pretoria. From academic publisher and television documentarian to non-fiction author and prolific mainstream and social media communicator, he has become a leading voice in the pursuit of connecting science with society.
Over the course of his career as a forensic pathologist and researcher, Prof Blumenthal has established a formidable body of work in the fields of keraunomedicine (the medical study of lightning injuries and casualties), electropathology and suicide that has been recognised internationally. He has published 39 articles in peerreviewed journals, contributing the largest study of the pathology of suicide from a single institution in Africa as well as the largest series on lightning pathology to date. He has also contributed chapters to six international medical and forensic textbooks. He has performed more than10 000 autopsies, including assisting with the Marikana autopsies, the Life-Esidimeni autopsies and performing an autopsy on a State President.
For DSTV, he conceptualised, wrote and hosted an eight-part documentary on lightning and its effects that has been viewed by more than 2.2 million people and he published the best-selling non-fiction book, Autopsy: Life in the trenches with a forensic pathologist from Africa (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2020), which seeks to demystify forensic pathology and which made the list for the Sunday Times Book Awards and was short-listed for the SA Booksellers Awards. Autopsy was soon followed by another non-fiction book, Risking Life for Death (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2023). He also manages his own YouTube channel and website dedicated to communicating science in a way that makes it easy to understand and appreciate. His expertise in lightning pathology led to the creation of guidelines for safety awareness and safety campaigns which are used by South Africa’s sporting sector as well as by society. He holds an NRF C2-rating and sits on the editorial boards of American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology and Academic Forensic Pathology Journal.
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