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)
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
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 General Honours Scholarships 2023_July
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Call for Proposals: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Japan International Cooperation Agency Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
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.
It gives the NRF immense pleasure to announce that Dr Mary-Jane Bopape has been appointed as the new Managing Director of NRF-SAEON, effective from 09 May 2022. Dr Bopape is a seasoned scientist with an impressive record of accolades, revealing the level of her expertise and passion for her work.
She holds a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Pretoria and has about two decades of experience in meteorology. She is an atmospheric modelling specialist and has worked across a range of timescales including short-range forecasting, seasonal prediction as well as climate change projections. She has extensive knowledge in running a number of weather and climate models; the use of high-performance computing; remote sensing data; as well as ground observations from manual and automatic stations. Furthermore, she has led several projects, including one that was a collaboration among six SADC countries.
Dr Bopape maintains a C2 NRF Rating and has contributed to various NRF-SAEON projects such as the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA) as well as the Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON).
Preceding this appointment, she was the Research Senior Manager at the South African Weather Service, leading a team of 40 scientists, where she also spent four years as the Chief Scientist of Weather Research. Her background further includes time at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as well as a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Reading in the UK.
In addition to numerous published papers, Dr Bopape has received many awards in recognition of her research work. These include a WMO Young Researcher Award for a paper that resulted from her MSc studies; Most Promising Young Researcher in a unit of CSIR for her PhD work; and she was named one of 2021’s Most Influential Africans by the New African magazine and one of the most distinguished change makers: Women in Africa of 2020-2021 by the Humanitarian Awards Global for her Climate Research for Development (CR4D) postdoctoral research. In his speech on 09 August 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged Dr Bopape as a pathfinder for leading work in the local development of numerical weather and climate models in South Africa.
We are excited to have such an extraordinary individual join the NRF talent and look forward to NRF-SAEON’s continued progress under her leadership.
NRF-DAAD Information Session
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
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