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.
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), a symposium was hosted on 16 August 2022 to reflect and deliberate on past and future systems programmes on the continent. The symposium was attended by partners who have played a prominent role in driving systems analysis programmes in the region, including the National Research Foundation (NRF), the UK’s Newton Fund, the British Council, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), IIASA alumni and current scholars and consortium members of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Programme (SA-YSSP) and the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC).
In his welcoming remarks, Dr Sepo Hachigonta from the NRF, and the IIASA SSARMO Secretary, noted the prominent achievements of the programmes on system approaches. He further noted that as of June 2022, IIASA approved the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Member Organization (SSARMO) membership. SSARMO is targeted at countries participating in the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI), a multi-country initiative focused on strengthening the capacities of research councils to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Hachigonta noted that this regional membership brings new partnerships, opportunities, and ways to further use system approaches, tools, and thinking to collectively respond to regional challenges and opportunities.
In celebrating IIASA’s five decades of global excellence, Dr Amelia Marutle, the South African Newton Fund country manager, congratulated and thanked all partners for the remarkable achievements and success in developing the next generation of Systems Analysts on the continent. “At the heart of SASAC is Innovation as a driver for transformation. True innovation adds value to the quality of life of all people” she said. Dr Marutle noted that through robust systems approach training, and the networks, SASAC has developed leaders ready to address challenges head-on. “Through increased regional integration and strengthened North-South Cooperation accelerating the emergence of a new generation of innovative Systems Analysts as demonstrated by SASAC, we can all be excited about the future”. Professor Brian Fath of IIASA shared a keynote address on ‘Using systems analysis to respond to socio and environmental challenges, highlighting practical examples on using system analytics in city planning.
The next generation of system analysts, represented by SASAC alumni students (Dr Nanamhla Gwedla, Dr Sandile Ngcamphalala , Dr Trésor Mbungu, Dr Sandisiwe Thisani and Dr Gamuchirai Mutezo) shared their journeys and experiences in SASAC, emphasising the benefits from international exposure through mobility, training and mentorship programmes, research collaborations, and joint supervision from world class system analysis experts. Prof Ursula Scharler, the former Chairperson of the South African IIASA Committee noted the value of the programmes to the region and thanked all the stakeholders and students. Programme managers, coordinators, and supervisors who led the past programme provided insights on the impact of the SA-YSSP and SASAC especially aligned with capacity development. Participants highlighted the value of targeted training interventions such as SASAC, in building a well-rounded system analyst and impact orientated research while at the same time provided feedback on areas that might need to be improved.
As part of the discussions, Dr Amani Helmi El Rayes from Egypt presented the North Africa Applied Systems Analysis Centre (NAASAC), a dedicated approach aimed at spreading knowledge, awareness, capacity building, and developing cadres in analysing complex developmental and institutional problems through a holistic view. NAASAC will work closely with SSARMO through SASAC (rebranded as the Sub-Saharan African Systems Analysis Centre) to implement these programmes in Africa.
A further event, and the first meeting of Heads of African Funding Councils, under auspices of the newly formed SSARMO, will take place during the World Science Forum (WSF) in Cape Town on 6 December 2022.
NRF Women’s Month 2022: Lindiwe Nkwe
NRF Women’s Month 2022: Dr Nqobile Monate Mkolo
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