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)
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
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.
“We are a force”: One year of implementing the O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chair for Viral Epidemics
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) hosts one of two O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs in Tanzania awarded in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF), Canada’s IDRC, Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation and implemented through COSTECH. In March 2022, Prof Gerald Misinzo officially started implementing research and training activities under ORTARChI; the first ever such research chair awarded to the SUA.
The Research Chair is intended to contribute to community level One Health Security in the Eastern Africa region. The Chair is integrated into the SACIDS Foundation for One Health, a regional programme founded in 2008 by several universities and national research institutions in five SADC member states.
One year later, an implementation plan has been finalised and research activities have commenced with an impressive number of postgraduate students, and scientific and technical officers recruited to support the chair. Ten (10) PhDs and three (3) masters students, as well as one Postdoctoral Fellow are being mentored by the chair. Office and laboratory space has been provisioned by the university and a site has been identified for the building of new offices for the chair in the long-term.
There are clear synergies in being integrated into SACIDS. The chair is demonstrating impact in the region through training healthcare and community workers in Eastern Africa, having done so recently in Rwanda. This training involves the detection and testing of viral epidemics, such as Marburg. An online tool called Afyadata is being utilised to report disease outbreaks, informing response in real time.
In September 2022, Prof Misinzo addressed the 12th International Congress for Veterinary Virology (ESVV2022) in Belgium and participated in a panel on “Technical progress and One Health surveillance in agrifood systems” at FAO in Italy. In December the same year, the chair and his team presented the results of their research findings during the Tanzanian Veterinary Association’s (TVA) 40th Scientific Conference in Dodoma, Tanzania.
The research programme is designed to develop innovative One Health approaches through science and technology driven by genomics, molecular biology, and analytical epidemiology to improve the risk management of viral epidemics in Africa. To ensure sustainability of the chair, the leadership of SUA have embarked on a collaborative journey with other likeminded organisations and institutions within and beyond Africa.
The O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative (ORTARChI) combines political, development and higher education objectives. It aims to honour a leading figure in the development of African unity; have a catalytic impact on the development of research infrastructure in recipient countries; and contribute to knowledge production and high-end skills in alignment with AU Agenda 2063 and STISA 2024. Nine (9) O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs across six countries namely, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia have been awarded. The NRF and South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) with core partners, the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have partnered with NRF sister agencies in the six countries and the universities to implement the initiative.
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
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