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:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and (CFO)
Acting Group Executive: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships
Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
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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 National Research Foundation (NRF) was the co-organiser of a three-day conference on the Impact of Science that took place from 23 to 25 June 2021. The conference was hosted virtually from the University of Cape Town and was organised by the Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS Network). This year’s conference focused on the Transformative Power of Research and brought together experts on research impact to discuss how to advance and evaluate the impact of science and research across the globe.
Drawing together 350 participants from more than 30 countries, the conference was chaired by Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. It covered ground from the transformative nature and role of science in society, and strategies to implement impact at an institutional level, through to inclusive approaches for excellence and impact assessment. The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation in South Africa, Mr Buti Manamela and Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, opened the conference and welcomed participants.
Speaking during the opening session of the conference, the NRF’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, said “The NRF believes that the science system can play an important role in transforming society through the type of research that it focuses on and the changes that this brings about in society. For this reason, the NRF’s Transformation Framework emphasises not only demographic change, but also transforming both the knowledge enterprise and the relationship between science and society.”
The NRF has developed a conceptual research impact framework which outlines how the organisation can best advance the impact of research. In the session addressing the issues and lessons learnt in developing the regional or national impact agenda, and what models or approaches one can implement, Dr Genevieve Simpson, Acting Executive Director in Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, explained that, “The impact agenda provides the research system with an opportunity to rethink what it does, how, and why. If we want to see different outcomes, we need to evaluate our processes and thinking and introduce new measures to advance changing priorities.”
Dr Beverley Damonse, NRF Group Executive for Science Engagement and Corporate Relations, spoke about the transformation of science in the closing session of the conference, emphasising how “There is a need to make room for talent, which in South Africa translates to our transformation agenda. The transformative power of research, transformation of the equity profiles of our researchers, postgraduate students, of the knowledge agenda itself, as well as the transformation of the relationship between science and society remain crucial. These must all form part of the space being created”.
For more information on the AESIS Network, please visit: https://aesisnet.com/
FIAS Call for Applications 2022 – 2023
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