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)
Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and (CFO)
Acting DCEO: National Research Infrastructure Platforms
Group Executive: Corporate Services
Group Executve: Digital Transformation Acting DCEO: Research, Innovation and Impact Support and Advancement
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND RATING – 2024
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Call for Applications: Globalink Research Award Thematic Call
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
1ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS FOR THE DSI-NRF FIRST-TIME GRANT HOLDER-LINKED MASTERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FUNDING IN 2024 ACADEMIC YEAR
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS FOR THE DSI-NRF FIRST-TIME GRANT HOLDER-LINKED DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FUNDING IN 2024 ACADEMIC YEAR
Call for applications: Summer schools 2024 in Germany for DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders
Open Calls for Scholarship Applications: Hungary, China, Russia, Mauritius, Sweden and Switzerland
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.
Extension of the Submission of 2022 Progress Reports. 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.
Extended Closing Date for Grantholders/Students/Fellows
Extended Closing Date for Designated Authorities
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.
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
Integrated Biodiversity Information Programme
International Conference Attendance/Travel not undertaken due to Covid-19 will not be carried forward into 2023 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).
All these progress reports should be completed on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.
Please note that the process of completing Progress Reports for this category of grants will be communicated in the near future when the templates will become available.
Note: All grantholders have to update/complete their CV on the NRF Connect system at https://nrfconnect.nrf.ac.za. When updated/completed, the CV Preview should be downloaded and then uploaded as an attachment under the Attachments section of the Progress Report.
This is very important as a PR without a complete CV will be considered as incomplete.
The following CV sections still appear on the NRF Online Submission progress report, but the sections have been made non-compulsory and therefore do not have to be completed in order for your report to be submitted. Only the compulsory sections (marked with a red asterisk) should be completed.
(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) 481-4163
Telephone: (012) 481-4114
Telephone: (012) 481-4311
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