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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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 National Research Foundation (NRF) is pleased to announce that Dr Edward Nkadimeng has been recognised as a Leading Innovator in Technology and Innovation by the Mail and Guardian in its 200 Young South Africans initiative for 2023. This highlights Dr Nkadimeng’s contributions and remarkable achievements in advancing technology and driving innovation in South Africa.
He is involved in the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS Tile Calorimeter Phase-II Upgrade Project through the SA-CERN programme which is funded by the Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) and hosted by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (NRF-iThemba LABS). He has been instrumental in the development and optimisation of the project’s Low Voltage Power Supply (LVPS) system. These are complex electronics systems that are required to operate under harsh radiation conditions for at least 15 years. Such technologies are not available off-the-shelf.
Dr Nkadimeng’s expertise has contributed to the design and delivery of prototypes for South African electronics for this critical upgrade at CERN, the largest particle physics research facility in the world. His work focuses on the development of test benches and the analysis of data to determine the properties and performance of the LVPS system. Dr Nkadimeng and his team collaborate and contribute to the advancement of particle physics research for the ATLAS experiment and has, through his collaboration with international teams, been able to leverage expertise and resources to enhance South Africa’s capabilities in cutting-edge technology and innovation.
The LVPS upgrade is crucial for converting high voltage to low voltage that enables the efficient operation of the on-detector electronics within the Tile Calorimeter. Through extensive irradiation test campaigns, Dr Nkadimeng and his team identified radiation-hard components to ensure the durability and reliability of the LVPS in the demanding experimental environment. Their efforts have resulted in the creation of a robust three-stage LVPS system that meets the stringent requirements of the project.
Dr Nkadimeng’s contributions extend beyond his technical expertise. He has also played a pivotal role in fostering technology transfer and building relationships with South African industries. By facilitating the transfer of emerging technologies and skills, he has contributed to the creation of modified products and services that benefit society at large. His dedication to bridging the gap between academia and industry highlights his commitment to drive innovation and societal progress.
His appointment to co-convene a working group on the ATLAS-experiment, as well as his coordination of South Africa’s contribution to the LVPS project, showcases his leadership capabilities and deep understanding of the field.
About Dr Edward Nkadimeng:
Dr Edward Nkadimeng is a young, accomplished researcher and innovator specialising in the field of particle physics and technology. He is currently employed as a researcher at NRF-iThemba LABS as part of the Technology Innovation Platform (TIP) after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of the Witwatersrand that was supported by the Carnegie CDTA programme. His work in the Tile Calorimeter (TileCal) Phase-II Upgrade Project forms part of the SA-CERN Programme hosted by the NRF and NRF-iThemba LABS. Dr Nkadimeng’s expertise has contributed to the delivery of prototype South African electronics for the upgrade at CERN. His commitment to technology transfer and innovation has fostered collaboration between academia, industry, and international partners, driving the development of practical solutions. Dr Nkadimeng’s selection for the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans initiative acknowledges his groundbreaking contributions and leadership in the field of technology and innovation.
Youth Month 2023: Nompumelelo Malatji
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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