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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DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
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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.
In commemoration of Africa Day 2021, observed on the 25th of May every year, Associate Professor Dion Nkomo, interim leader of the DSI-NRF SARChI in Intellectualisation of African Languages Multilingualism and Education at Rhodes University tells us how their research is facilitating the creation of conducive conditions for Africa’s development.
In 1985, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), prepared the Language Action Plan for Africa, which was premised on four main principles:
The research programme of the DSI-NRF Chair in Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education advances the rationale of the Language Action Plan for Africa. The focus on the intellectualisation of African languages interrogates the challenges that continue to marginalise African languages from the powerful domains of social, political and economic activities and initiatives on the continent. The research relates to social cohesion and identity, and to social identity and social transformation with a particular emphasis on the role of African languages. In so doing, the research promotes multilingualism, a defining feature of the diversity of Africa as a continent.
Contrary to how colonialism and colonial scholarship construed multilingualism and diversity, leading to the imposition of a monolingual culture based on the hegemony of foreign languages, multilingualism is seen as a right that should be enjoyed by all Africans and as a resource that should be harnessed for socio-economic development of Africa.
The research of the Chair has pre-occupied itself with advancing such ideas through the publications of Prof. Kaschula, who occupied the Chair from its inception in 2013 until his departure from Rhodes University in 2020, as well as the research of collaborating colleagues at Rhodes and other universities nationally and globally.
“Literary research in African languages, especially the early writings in isiXhosa, has demonstrated that Africa is endowed with rich knowledge that the academy and the continent broadly needs to tap from in order to become a global player in knowledge production”
Language policies and problems have been examined, not only in South Africa and but also other African countries, particularly through the work of postgraduate students from countries such as Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Multilingual solutions have been developed and proposed through research in educational contexts, showing, for example, that African languages can effectively be used in teaching school subjects such as Maths and Science as demonstrated in the Cofimvaba Project in the Eastern Cape. Doctoral theses have been written in African languages such as isiXhosa and ChiShona of Zimbabwe. Research in other contexts, such as law, have also shown that English monolingualism remains an impediment in the realisation of justice and that social justice for the majority of Africans remains a pipedream without the use of African languages in the powerful domains of society.
The DSI-NRF Chair has affirmed that African languages are key to the real transformation that Africa strives to achieve. For example, literary research in African languages, especially the early writings in isiXhosa, has demonstrated that Africa is endowed with rich knowledge that the academy and the continent broadly needs to tap into in order to become a global player in knowledge production.
This work is set to continue during and beyond the transition from Prof. Kaschula’s leadership. For example, collaborations have been strengthened with the Eastern Cape Department of Education and other collaborators across and beyond the continent in order to enrich and deepen the work of the Chair. An interesting project on the translation of classic works written by great African intellectuals such as Steve Biko, Chinua Achebe and Ngugi into various African languages will be launched in June. In this way, the DSI-NRF Chair in Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education seeks to continue promoting African languages as key levers for Africa’s developmental agenda.
Profile Invitation for NRF Youth Month 2021
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