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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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: Additional Awards for the NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for NRF-SASOL Foundation Scholarship Programme 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.
The Global Research Council (GRC) launched a prominent report exploring Partnered Research Programmes.
The launch forms part of the 9th Annual Meeting of the GRC, which takes place virtually during 24-28 May, co-hosted by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The GRC is constituted by heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, dedicated
A significant action emanating from the 2017 Annual Meeting was the creation of the Working Group on Partnered Research Programmes. It is under the auspices of this Working Group that the report has been launched, co-led by NRF South Africa and the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
The contribution of partnered research programmes to drive research impact, uptake of knowledge, innovation and skills development is well recognised. A growing number of research funding agencies support ‘partnered research programmes’ to catalyse collaboration between academic (e.g., universities, public research organisations) and non-academic organisations (e.g., private companies, NGOs, municipal governments), with the aim to promote social and economic innovation.
While some funding agencies have well-developed programmes and experience to draw from, a number of GRC members have shown increasing interest in sharing lessons and experiences on design, implementation and measurement of such programmes, and in promoting peer-learning among funders.
This publication presents models, processes, indicators and best practices that should be considered when designing, monitoring and evaluating partnered research programmes. It further discusses factors that could be considered when designing these programmes including engaging partners when identifying priorities; supporting sustainability or scaling innovations; attracting the right applicants and ensuring the right applicants receive funding. The lessons and approaches shared in this publication will be particularly useful to funders developing partnered research programmes.
The publication is a useful resource enabling funding agencies to make well-informed choices based on shared learning when developing and implementing programmes.
The Global Research Council launches first of its kind Report on Gender-Disaggregated Data
Global Research Council Hosts a Successful Annual Meeting
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