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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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.
Participants at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) agreed on a broad range of strategies and actions, including:
The meeting was co-hosted by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) during 24 to 28 May 2021.
The GRC participants endorsed statements of principles on the 2021 GRC topics of mission-orientated research and public engagement, which outline common sets of guiding principles and approaches to these topics. This year, an innovative approach of producing case studies on the Statements of Principles has been used in the launch of the first book on mission-oriented research and public engagement.
UKRI Chief Executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser said:
“Research and innovation enrich lives, inspire respect for our world and offer powerful tools for addressing the many challenges we are facing, from COVID19 to climate change. “Research and innovation thrive by bringing together new combinations of diverse people, ideas and infrastructures in a culture of openness and mutual respect. The principles formally agreed at this year’s GRC annual meeting show us how we, as funding agencies, can embody diversity, creativity, openness and connectivity in all that we do.”
Speaking at the meeting, NRF CEO Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo added that:
“We should use our strong positions in science systems to strengthen collective efforts to re-centre science as a key pillar for modern civilisation, anchored on the core values of openness and accountability. Let us continuously be led by the belief that science is a public good, and from which we can derive disruptive solutions to the multifaceted challenges we face. Let us embolden our collective commitment to supporting and enhancing the borderless nature of scientific enquiry and its impact.”
Towards solution-oriented funding approaches
The discussions by Heads of Research Councils (HORCs) emphasised funding approaches necessary to rapidly develop solutions to challenges, in what-ever contextual environments agencies find themselves. In this regard, the Global Forum of Funders was recognised as a strategic initiative that can contribute to these solution-oriented approaches.
Missions to address today’s global grand challenges
The GRC’s mission-oriented research Statement of Principles outlined some of the considerations that funding agencies can use to collaborate to support and help drive scientific missions that address the global grand challenges faced by society.
The Statement also called for GRC participants to work together on these challenges, whilst recognising the need for national and local priorities, contexts, capabilities and strategies to be integrated into the response.
Science with and for Society
The GRC’s Statement of Principles on public engagement set out a number of principles to ensure that public engagement is a purposeful and meaningful activity, and an effective mechanism for breaking down the barriers between science and society in an increasingly integrated and complex global system.
It recognised that funding agencies are essential actors in their respective knowledge eco-systems. The Statement also emphasised that funding agencies are expected to mediate between science and its many publics.
Fairness and diplomacy
HORCs endorsed a call to action on Responsible Research Assessment to promote a fairer and more diverse global research ecosystem, following the launch of the conference proceedings report on this topic.
This sought to build on the range of discussions and declarations made in recent years by embedding these existing principles and identifying and developing concrete actions to incentivise and fulfill responsible research assessment ambitions. A GRC Working Group was also established to help drive these aims forward.
The GRC Working Groups on Gender, and Partnered Research Programmes launched two seminal products focused on gender disaggregated data and a funder’s guide on implementing partnered research programmes.
More than 200 delegates participated in the Annual Meeting, led by Heads of Research Councils, and with guests from science and research organisations around the world in attendance, to share best practice and discuss research funding policy issues.
The 10th Annual Meeting will be hosted by Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT), Panama and the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA in Panama City in 2022.
About the GRC
The Global Research Council is a virtual organisation, comprised of the heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, dedicated to promoting the sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration among funding agencies worldwide. The worldwide growth of public support for research has presented an opportunity for countries large and small to work in concert across national borders. Cooperation and collaboration can enhance the quality of science, avoid unnecessary duplication, provide economies of scale, and address issues that can only be solved by working together. Research funding agencies have a responsibility to meet these objectives on behalf of the research communities. Website: https://www.globalresearchcouncil.org / Twitter: @GRC_Research
About UK Research and Innovation
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the largest public funder of research and innovation in the UK, with a budget of over £8bn. It is composed of seven disciplinary research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.
We operate across the whole country and work with our many partners in higher education, research organisations businesses, government, and charities.
Our vision is for an outstanding research and innovation system in the UK that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally.
Our mission is to convene, catalyse and invest in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system that connects discovery to prosperity and public good.
Website: https://www.ukri.org/ / Twitter: @UKRI_News
About the NRF
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is an independent statutory body established in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. Its mandate is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all ﬁelds of science and technology, including humanities, social sciences and indigenous knowledge; supporting and promoting public awareness of, and engagement with, science; and promoting the development and maintenance of the national science system and support of Government priorities, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.
Website: www.nrf.ac.za | Twitter: @NRF_News | Facebook: @NRFSouthAfrica | LinkedIn: The National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)
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