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.
Dr Gansen Pillay, Deputy Chief Executive Officer RISA, has been recognised by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) with an appointment as IIASA Honorary Scholar. A highly significant title, Dr Pillay’s long-standing commitment and prominent leadership in establishing and expanding systems analysis in Africa has been recognised.
Dr Pillay served as the representative of the South African National Membership Organisation (NMO), and the NRF, on the Governing Council of IIASA for the past 14 years, and as Deputy Chairperson of Council for two terms (2018-2021). His wide-ranging and influential engagements with IIASA include, inter alia, as member of the Council Executive Committee, ExCo member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, the Membership Committee, the Research and Engagement Committee, Director Search Committees, IIASA Charter Revision Committee, and member of the ad hoc Working Group on Membership Dues. In addition, he was influential in advising on the review of IIASA during 2018, leading to a fundamental renewal in organisational, governance and scientific matters of the organisation.
The strategic partnership between the NRF and IIASA was established in 2007, with support of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). Prominent aspects of the development of the IIASA and South Africa engagement over the years was the launch of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Programme (SA-YSSP) (2012-2014) that has developed system analytical research skills of more than 80 doctoral students from 30 countries including 35 students from South Africa in partnership with over twenty South African research partners. The concomitant launch of the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) during 2016 provided enhanced opportunities for young, emerging doctoral candidates to advance their research under the supervision of senior IIASA and South African researchers/scientists, and at the same time contribute to the development of a globally competitive science system. In partnership with the British Council, 50 doctoral students working on systems analysis are being supported.
Programmes that have been initiated during 2020 include the Connect Platform of IIASA to further strengthen and formalise placements of South African students and researchers within the IIASA community, aligned with the NRF’s Global Knowledge Partnership programme.
The adherence to IIASA is coordinated by Strategic Partnerships, with Dr Sepo Hachigonta, Director Multilateral and Resource Partnerships leading the engagements. Dr Hachigonta was a Fellow at IIASA in 2007. Recently, IIASA awarded Ms Kekeletso Makau, a Corporate Communications Intern at the NRF, an External Relations Fellowship. During the Fellowship, Ms Makau has been working closely with IIASA’s Communications and External Relations (CER) Department and the NRF Corporate Communications, to increase South Africa’s participation in IIASA engagements.
In 2015, a DSI-NRF SARChI Chair in Systems Analysis was competitively awarded to the University of the Witwatersrand. Recognised South African scholars served on the Science Advisory Committee of IIASA, the apex science coordination and monitoring body, including Professors Mary Scholes and Colleen Vogel.
IIASA, established in 1972, is an independent international research institute located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, in Austria. Through its research programs and initiatives, the institute conducts policy-oriented interdisciplinary research into issues too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. This includes pressing concerns that affect the future of humanity, such as climate change, energy security, population aging, and sustainable development. The results of IIASA research and the expertise of its researchers are made available to policymakers in countries around the world to help them produce effective, science-based policies that will enable them to face these challenges. IIASA currently has 22 member countries representing 71% of the world’s economy and 63% of the world’s population.
South Africa’s coordination with IIASA is led by a National Member Organisation (NMO), comprised of representatives of the NRF and the Department of Science and Innovation, senior academics, and other stakeholders. The NMO Committee also contributes to the national strategy of developing systems analysis capacity and establishing systems analysis as a research approach in the country.
Young Scientists Summer Program
Announcement of Successful Applicants – Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) 2022
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