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.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), consisting of 173 member-states collaborates with designated Member State Institutions through its Collaborating Centres Network to implement its programmatic activities that focus on research, development and training in the field of nuclear science.
There are currently 55 active Collaborating Centres worldwide, three of which are located on the African continent; and more specifically in Burkina Faso, Egypt and Morocco. These Africa centres contribute respectively to tsetse fly management, cancer control, and radiation and water resource assessment and management. The NRF iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (NRF-iThemba LABS), a national research facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF), now joins the three other African centres as the IAEA has designated it a new Collaborating Centre to implement selected programmatic activities in the field of accelerator-based scientific research and applications.
NRF- iThemba LABS offers unique capabilities in the field of accelerator-based science and technology on the African continent, and in the Southern Hemisphere, to advance knowledge, transform lives and inspire a nation, through research, training, and expertise. It is envisaged that this designation will strengthen and expand the role played by the NRF in facilitating access to research infrastructure to conduct experiments with particle accelerators and to build human capacity through intentional training interventions on the African continent.
“NRF-iThemba LABS is looking forward to claim its rightful role on the African continent as the CERN of Africa; or rather the CARN,” says Managing Director, Dr Faïҫal Azaïez. “iThemba LABS has shown over many years that it has the competence and expertise to transfer knowledge and technical skills linked to accelerator-based techniques that are applicable to a range of multidisciplinary research activities. These include, amongst others, the use of accelerated particle beams to study and probe the origins and interactions of the material world; to provide a niche neutron facility for metrology and detector hardness testing; incorporating accelerator mass spectrometry in radioactive dating of water, soil and biological samples; the use of ion beam analysis techniques to study material surfaces; the production of radioactive isotopes for medicinal use; and the study of the interaction of radiation with biological systems for the detection and treatment of cancer as well as radiation safety.”
To mark the designation of iThemba LABS as an IAEA Collaborating Centre, a formal signing ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, 09 November 2021, after which NRF-iThemba LABS will receive its official designation through the presentation of a plaque. The designation comes at a very opportune time as iThemba LABS is in the process of adding another particle accelerator to its infrastructure inventory. The new accelerator, which is expected to be fully commissioned towards the end of 2022, will signal the birth of the South African Isotope Facility (SAIF).
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NRF-iThemba LABS joins the IAEA’s Collaborating Centre Network
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