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)
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
Group Executive: Strategy Planning and Partnerships
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Collaborative Funding Call
NRF BRICS Call Guideline
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF general masters scholarships for 2022 academic year
Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarships for 2022 Academic Year
PHILA Awards 2022
2022 JWO Research Grant Applications Now Open
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 Reviews and Evaluations (RE) directorate enhances the contribution of the NRF as a strategic partner in knowledge production, human capital development and infrastructure provision.
The directorate ensures the operation of a world–class review and evaluation system that conforms to the principles of confidentiality, access to information, transparency, ethical considerations and commitment to excellence.
RE ensures that the NRF is able to carry out its mandate by:
The purpose of the funding reviews is:
One-stage and 2-stage reviews are used selectively. In the case of one stage reviews, the panel is constituted of specialists qualified to actually review the individual proposals. In the case of two-stage reviews, the proposals are reviewed remotely by specialists who submit review reports, which are the primary inputs for the panel to consider in assessing applications.
These reviews are conducted by national and international subject experts of high academic and professional credibility and who are recognised internationally for their research contributions. Remote reviewers review proposals and the candidate against set objectives, providing expert opinion on scientific merit, feasibility, capability, capacity, etc.
Review panel meetings include pre-meeting briefing sessions and success of the work of the panel is, among others, dependent on the integrity, expertise and experience of panel members for the assigned roles. Panels are generally constituted on directed and thematic areas. There is always effort to diversify a panel in terms race, gender and institutional representation. A panel is generally comprised of the reviewers, an external chairperson, an independent assessor, RE providing the secretariat and a scribe.
The NRF rating system is a key driver in its objective to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a voluntary tool for benchmarking the quality of researchers in South Africa against the best in the world. NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by national and international peer reviewers.
It encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals or through other vehicles. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers.
The NRF Rating System awards the following rating categories:
A – Researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.
B – Researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.
C – Established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field, who are recognised by their peers as having:
P – Young researchers (normally younger than 35 years of age), who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at the time of application and who, on the basis of exceptional potential demonstrated in their published doctoral work and/or their research outputs in their early post-doctoral careers, are considered likely to become future international leaders in their field.
Y – Young researchers (40 years or younger), who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at the time of application, and who are recognised as having the potential to establish themselves as researchers within a five-year period after evaluation, based on their performance and productivity of quality research outputs during their doctoral studies and/or early post-doctoral careers..
Programmes and institutions are evaluated through a comprehensive evaluation process. This is typically done on a cyclic basis, typically every 5 years. Generally, the objective of conducting such evaluations is to assess the performance of the instrument/institution, against its mandate, objectives and strategy, so as to decide its fate going forward. In practice, any evaluation (retrospective) includes a degree of review (prospective). The process will typically include the following, tailored for each case:
The process includes:
The entire project can take anything from 2 months to 8 months.
RISA has adopted project management as a method of managing its core activities. The processing of submissions for funding from the NRF, as well as various evaluations, are packaged into projects with clear delivery milestones scheduled through the year. The delivery of the projects, against these milestones is monitored, intervened as may be necessary and reported on, to the RISA Executive, on a monthly basis.
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