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
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Invitation for Nominations for Professional Development Programme (PDP) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023
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DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
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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.
“The gathering of the African Science Granting Councils (SGCs) and our Partners on the occasion of the World Science Forum (WSF) 2022 highlighted the need for us as SGCs to continue strengthening efforts to enhance research and granting systems in support of excellent and inclusive science. The meetings have emphasised the importance of transdisciplinary approaches, and advanced insights and skills, as we strive to catalyse our science systems for impact.”
National Research Foundation (NRF) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo made these remarks about the recently concluded African Science Granting Councils and Partner Meetings, held on the sidelines of South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)-hosted World Science Forum. The NRF hosted these high-level meetings held annually under the auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Global Research Council (GRC).
Bringing together international, regional and local partners representing 50 countries, the meetings provided a platform for science funding agencies on the continent and beyond to share experiences; advance good practices in research management; and evaluate the progress in the implementation of capacity strengthening and collaborative activities.
The SGCI was launched in 2015 and strengthens the capacities of Science Granting Councils in 18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa so that they can contribute to economic and social development. The SGCI is supported through a partnership of the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the NRF, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The SGCI Annual Forum reflected on how the SGCI has enabled the SGCs of member countries to leverage additional research and innovation funding, promote partnerships with local and international science actors, and unlock research success in terms of new products and knowledge uptake. Delegates discussed the importance of engaging in STI foresight to inform research and innovation, especially priority setting and STI policy-making in general, shaped by a masterclass paper, authored by Prof John Mugabe (University of Pretoria) on the topic.
Since its establishment, the programme has facilitated the funding of research projects across the SGCI participating councils in the broad areas of industrialisation and manufacturing, sustainable economies and societies, emerging technologies and development, and social sciences and humanities. Over 70 projects have been funded. During the SGCI academic symposium, the SGCI brought together projects funded in the domains of agro-processing and insect physiology and ecology. At the same time, practical ways of using systems approaches and thinking in research were presented. The Sub-Saharan Africa region is gearing up to implement activities under the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Member Organization (SSARMO) with a focus on strengthening the understanding of systems approaches in research.
The Global Research Council (GRC) regional meeting gathered the perspectives, experiences and approaches of public research funding organisations in relation to the thematic topics of rewards and recognition and climate change. A seminal report titled “Politics and Policy in Knowledge Production for Development” was launched. Written by Professor Teboho Moja and Dr Samuel Kehinde Okunade and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the report recommends that the research community disseminates their research products through other non-academic platforms to benefit the broader community. It recommends that the research community communicate their findings to policymakers through policy briefs, and on the part of politicians and policymakers, they need to be aware of and champion the value of basic research for possible long-term impact.
Its recommendations support the call by Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia, Managing Director at the NRF-South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), at the forum on development of early-career researchers across Africa that science communication should be strengthened. “We are not as effective as we can be in communicating with everybody else, except scientists. Many universities are now offering science communication,” she said. Science communication will ensure “that you are able to read your audience and communicate at all levels”, Mosia added.
The Open Science Day (OSD) was hosted by UNESCO and the Africa Open Science Platform (AOSP) took stock of the progress made in supporting the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. Lessons were shared on approaches to open science from across the world, and newly developed tools and guidelines in different areas of science aimed at sensitising emerging researchers on Open Science practices were shared.
The NRF-Carnegie Corporation PERKA final conference on early career researcher development in the post-PhD phase facilitated conversations on designing, implementing, funding, and monitoring interventions that support early-career researchers. Case studies from programmes successfully implemented were featured. At the convening, a set of guidelines for designing impactful post-PhD support programmes in Africa were launched. They provide guidance for and share the experiences of African programmes in implementing such initiatives, describe partnership models for funding, and provide action points and recommendations for enhancing support across the continent.
Under the leadership of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (Cirad) and the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), the Transforming Food Systems and Agriculture through Partnership research with Africa (TSARA) initiative held its first General Assembly. Launched in March 2022, this initiative aims to strengthen science cooperation for sustainable agriculture and food systems, youth employment and gender equity between African and French organisations.
The NRF utilised the opportunity to advance several research funding relationships. Nuffic, the NRF, NWO and the Dutch mission in South Africa co-hosted meetings to strengthen synergies between the different collaborative initiatives in the field of knowledge, research, innovation, and education with the prospective to frame future cooperation.
A working meeting of the African-Japan Collaborative Research on Environmental Science (AJ-CORE) consortium was held. AJ-CORE is a partnership between the NRF, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and SGCI participating councils to support joint research and innovation projects in environmental science between researchers from Japan, South Africa and SGCI participating councils.
The Africa Regional Expert Scoping Workshop, hosted by the NRF and Belmont Forum engaged on the ways to deepen not only public-private partnerships for funding and collaboration, but also bringing the broader community on board for research advancement. “We want to bring the private sector into this discussion. We want to bring the community into this discussion,” commented Dr Nicole Arbour, Executive Director of the Belmont Forum.
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Invitation for Nominations for Professional Development Programme (PDP) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023
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