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.
Concept Notes for FBIP Large Integrated Team Projects - 2021 Application Instruction Guide
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - 2021/2022 Funding Framework
Infrastructure Bridging Finance - 2021 Funding Framework and Funding Guide
Replacement Chairs - Review Period 1 - A Guide for Replacement of Vacated Research Chairs
South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) - 2022 Framework and Funding Guide - DSI/NRF/WRC/Water RDI Roadmap
SA/Switzerland (NRF-SNSF) Lead Agency Application Guide 2021
NRF/NSF (USA) Joint Research Programme on Dimensions of Biodiversity - 2022 Funding Framework
SA/China Joint Research Programme - 2022 Funding Framework
South Africa/France (PROTEA) Call for Joint Project Proposals - 2022 Funding Framework
Rating Call 2021 - Benchmarking Document
Rating Call 2021 - Application Eligibility Types
Rating Call 2021 - Definitions of Rating Categories
Rating Call 2021 - Guidelines for Applicants
Rating Call 2021 - Guidelines for Selection of Reviewers
Rating Call 2021 - Key Research Areas and Types of Research Outputs
Rating Call 2021 - Reviewer Response Template
African Origins Platform (AOP) - 2022 Funding Framework
Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) - 2022 Application Guide
Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) - 2022 Funding Framework
Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) - 2022 Funding Framework
Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR) - 2022 Funding Framework
Earth Systems Science Research Programme (ESSRP) - 2022 Funding Framework
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - 2022 Funding Framework
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Small Grants - 2022 Application Instruction Guide
Human and Social Dynamics - 2022 Funding Framework
Marine and Coastal Research - 2022 Funding Framework
New Earth Observation Frontiers (NEOFrontiers) - 2022 Funding Framework
Support for Y-rated Researchers - 2022 Funding Framework
Thuthuka - 2022 Application Guide
Thuthuka - 2022 Funding Framework
Thuthuka - 2022 Institutional Support Form
New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) - 2021 Application and Funding Guide
New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) - 2022 Funding Framework
DSI - NRF Conference Fund - 2022 Funding Framework
Equipment-Related Travel and Training Grants (ERTTG) - 2021 Funding Framework
European Research Council (ERC) - 2021 Funding Framework
European Research Council (ERC) Book of Abstracts
International Science Council (ISC)/South Africa Scientific Events/Travel Grants - 2021 Funding
Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 1st Call – 2021 Funding Guide
NRF/DFG Partnership on International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) Preparatory Workshops - 2021 Call Guideline
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