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
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
Announcement of Successful Applications for General Honours Scholarships 2023_July
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Call for Proposals: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Japan International Cooperation Agency Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
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.
The 9th Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council was held virtually during 24-28 May 2021, co-hosted by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The critical discussions by Heads of Research Councils emphasised the ever-evolving, urgent and astute approaches that are necessary to rapidly develop solutions to challenges, in whatever contextual environments agencies find themselves. This fundamental principle was emphasised during Prof Ismail Serageldin’s (Founding Director, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt) keynote address. In this context, strategic initiatives that can contribute towards this call to action include the Global Forum of Funders, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Pilot, and the Trans-Atlantic Platform for Humanities and Social Sciences, among others,. As a cross-cutting construct, and central to the work of funding councils, is an understanding and application of Science Diplomacy.
A number of critical actions and strategies to deliberate on funding councils’ responses to the global pandemic, was highlighted by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation.
Reaffirming the GRC approach of adopting Statements of Principles (this year’s topics were mission-orientated research and public engagement) is the knowledge products that are launched almost every recent year. These include the extraordinary work by the GRC Working Groups on Gender, and Partnered Research Programmes. Informed by an international conference during 2020, a new Working Group on Responsible Research Assessment was established. This year, an innovative approach of producing case studies on the Statements of Principles was followed, with the launch of the first book on mission-oriented research and public engagement.
Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, Chief Executive Officer of the NRF, called on participants to “use our strong positions of the various 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”.
A formal media statement will be released by the NRF and UKRI.
GRC publication launch: Exploring Partnered Research Programmes: a guide for funders
Youth Month 2021: Edward Nkadimeng
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