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)
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Pilot Call for Full Proposals
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
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications for NRF-SASOL Foundation Scholarship Programme in 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for General Honours Scholarships in 2023
HFSP funding opportunity announcement
Risk and Uncertainty in Finance and Economics Conference
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.
Motivations for the Carry Forward of unspent funds should be submitted in the financials section of the Progress Report and must be in accordance with the guidelines in the Guide for Carry Forwards.
The closing dates for submission of PRs are as follows:
Honours students must complete the manual report attached and send to the Designated Authority (DA) at the institutional research/postgraduate office. The DA must upload the completed form to the relevant grant on the NRF System.
In order to complete Progress Reports on the NRF Online Submission System, please follow the steps below:
Log on to the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za with your ID/Passport number and password, and complete or update your CV. This is very important as a PR without a complete CV will not be considered.
After logging in please follow the steps below to complete your CV:
Grantholders who should submit their 5-year Review Reports should use Grantholder Tools on the NRF Online Submission System to complete the reports.
Please refer to the attached document for instructions on how to complete PRs for the following funding instruments:
Professional Development Programme (PDP)
Integrated Biodiversity Information Masters Scholarships (SANBI)
Collaborative Postgraduate Research Training Programme (nominated students only)
Block Grants: Masters and Doctoral
Manus and MatSci Grants
Southern African Systems Analysis Centre Doctoral Scholarships (only for those awarded before 2019)
Integrated Biodiversity Information Programme
Ethical Clearance not submitted with the Conditions of Grant has to be submitted in the attachment section of the Progress Report. Failing which release of future funds will be affected.
International Conference Attendance/Travel not undertaken due to Covid-19 will not be carried forward into 2022 as other forms of Conference attendance were in place. This is specific to the Emerging Researcher Funding Opportunities e.g. Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP).
(For Asia, America and Africa Bi-laterals)
Telephone: (012) 481 4157
(For European Bi-laterals and the Gulf)
Telephone: (012) 481-4037
(For equipment-related grants)
Telephone: (012) 481-4078
Telephone: (012) 481 4067
(For CoE and SARChI Grants)
Telephone: (012) 481-4063
Telephone: (012) 481 4297
Telephone: (012) 481-4184
Telephone: (012) 481-4178
Telephone: (012) 481-4114
Telephone: (012) 481-4311
Telephone: (012) 481-4163
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