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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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
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
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications: Additional Awards for the NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for NRF-SASOL Foundation Scholarship Programme 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.
The NRF wishes to congratulate Dr Nishana Bhogal on her recent PhD graduation. Dr Bhogal was funded under the Fulbright South Africa Foreign Student program as a Visiting Student Researcher (VSR), in collaboration with the NRF, from 2021 to 2022.
The title of her thesis was: Towards a grounded theory of how and why founders vary in their scaling approaches: Alleviating period poverty. According to Dr Bhogal, all the founders who participated in the study alleviated period poverty, however, her investigation revealed that their responses were distinct, either person- or problem-oriented. “The former refers to founders’ broad endeavours to enhance beneficiaries’ lives, while the latter refers to founders focusing on alleviating period poverty.” These variations were rooted in the founders’ perception of the beneficiaries, which served as a powerful motivator for entrepreneurial action.”
Dr Bhogal was supervised by Professor Ralph Hamann (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Professor Ted Baker (Rutgers Business School, U.S.) and Professor Erin Powell (North Carolina State University, U.S.)
“The Fulbright scholarship was an exciting opportunity to fast-track my international academic exposure,” said Dr Bhogal. “My extended time in the United States of America enabled me to forge relationships with outstanding scholars from many cultures across multiple disciplines. These relationships will serve as a basis for future research collaborations. I also participated in post-graduate programmes and attended conferences, seminars, and lectures, thus deepening my insights about U.S.-based programmes. I may adapt some of these insights to enhance local programmes.”
The Fulbright South Africa Foreign Student program 2024-2025 is currently open for applications here. Dr Nishana Bhogal had these words of encouragement for aspiring applicants:
“The Fulbright scholarship is a life-changing adventure. You are almost guaranteed to meet people from around the world, with multiple perspectives and life experiences. Keep an open mind and heart, and be open to learning. While in the programme, you should work diligently but be sure to have fun and explore your new context.”
NRF/SAEON SAEN /53/2022-23
NRF/CORP HRM/48/2022-23: Questions and Answers
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