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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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND RATING – 2024
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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
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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.
Global Change Grand Challenge (GCGC) is one of five Grand Challenges identified by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in its Ten-Year Innovation Plan. The GCGC supports knowledge generation and technological innovation to enable South Africa, Africa and the world to respond to global environmental change, including climate change, in an informed and innovative way. This grand challenge has three main aspects namely: (i) enhancing scientific understanding of global change; (ii) developing innovations and technologies to respond to global change; and (iii) understanding the social context within which solutions will have to be implemented. The DSI has further developed a detailed Ten–Year (2008-2018) Global Change Research Plan (GCRP) for enhancing scientific understanding of global change, which is still providing the basis for the existing GCRP Programmes but will be replaced by the (currently under development) Decadal Plan from DSI.. The research plan comprises 18 research themes within four knowledge thrusts: (a) Understanding a Changing Planet, (b) Reducing the Human Footprint, (c) Adapting the Way We Live, and (d) Innovation for Sustainability.
The research plan embraces the wider sphere of global change although its main focus is on climate change. It includes changes in economics, politics, land use and atmospheric conditions, as well as loss of biodiversity. It also includes palaeo-analysis and the geosciences in so far as they illuminate global change issues. The research plan follows a three-pronged approach aimed at: (i) Studying and understanding the changes; (ii) Understanding the implications of these changes for decision making and (iii) Stimulating innovation in responding to the challenges posed by global change. The GCRP will be further refined and aligned to the imminent Decadal Plan from DSI during 2021/22, and will include existing and new areas of focus, in accordance with the priorities identified in the Decadal Plan.
The GCRP which is managed by the Programme Management Unit (PMU) is hosted by the NRF, which has as part of its vision 6 pillars (People, The research enterprise, Research infrastructure, The relationship between science and society, The organisation we want to be, Resourcing for impact) that underpin the NRF vision 2030, within the context of Global Change the 2 pillars: “The research enterprise: Impacting society” and “The relationship between science and society” are particularly relevant.
“The research enterprise: Impacting society” states that for South Africa to thrive, knowledge creation and sharing must be at the heart of our efforts to transform and respond to the challenges facing our society. We take responsibility for shaping the national research enterprise across all domains of science, and enabling knowledge generation that responds to areas of national priority or advantage. We are also committed to the democratisation of knowledge for the benefit of society.
The second pillar of particular importance, “The relationship between science and society” states: Imagine a society in which knowledge is created, used, challenged, valued and shared by all. The NRF’s Vision 2030 seeks to turn that imagining into everyday reality, in the interest of addressing the needs and demands of all South Africans. We see society participating in knowledge production by identifying challenges or policy needs, evaluating impact case studies, or gathering data for research projects.
For more details on the NRF’s 2030 Vision see here:
In terms of the strategic overview and focus, the PMU is not only guided by the mandates of both the NRF and the DSI, but also by the Global Change Science Committee (GCSC), made up of a range of top scientists and researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds and institutions in South Africa.
Director: Global Change
Directorate: Knowledge Advancement & Support (KAS)
National Research Foundation
Tel. +27 (0)12 481 4104
Cell. +27 (0)72 190 8702
Programme Officer: Global Change
Directorate: Knowledge Advancement & Support (KAS)
National Research Foundation
Tel. +27 (0)12 481 4358
Cell. +27 (0)83 556 4210
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