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 inaugural Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) academic symposium took place on 6 December as part of the ongoing African Science Granting Councils and Partner Meetings in Cape Town.
The SGCI has facilitated the funding of over 70 research projects across all scientific fields. Working together with the 17 science granting councils that participate in the SGCI, the projects are funded to support national, regional, and continental strategic research priorities.
The African Science Granting Councils and Partner Meetings are a series of high-level dialogues and engagements being held in parallel to the World Science Forum (WSF) hosted by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in Cape Town on 6-9 December.
Principal investigators of seven research projects representing SGCI participating countries Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda with a focus on agro-processing and insect physiology and ecology presented their projects, including achievements to date and stories of impact. The projects included:
Professor Frederick Cassian Kahimba, from the Tanzania Engineering and Manufacturing Design Organisation explained that SunfloSol is intended to ensure that village communities in Tanzania stop buying unrefined cooking oil. This unrefined cooking oil is produced and sold by small scale sunflower farmers across Tanzania.
“My research team identified that the farmers sell their unrefined product because they have no access to and cannot afford to use refineries. We have sensitised them to the fact that what they are doing is not scientifically correct” said Prof Kahimba,
SunfloSol aims to develop and commercialise sunflower oil mini-refinery technology to enhance productivity and income of small-scale edible oil processors. The double refined oil purified through these mini refineries is fit for selling in supermarkets and for exports.
“The project offers SME oil processors an appropriate and affordable technology for refining sunflower oil to make products more acceptable and suitable for human consumption, while creating employment and raising income,” said Prof Kahimba.
Similarly, the DECOSAOMEP project aims to develop and commercialise suitable avocado oil mini-extraction plants to enhance productivity and quality of avocado oil in Tanzania. Dr Sigisbert Mathias, based at the Tanzania Engineering and Manufacturing Design Organisation, said, “the project was inspired by the recurring losses of farmers growing avocado for export. Up to 40% of their avocados were often rejected during the export process for not meeting standards. This can discourage the farmers.”
“In Tanzania, avocados are present in excess. There is seasonal abundance of avocados, which, in addition to their short shelf life, leads to little demand on the market. over half of avocado crops are rotting on the ground or being fed to livestock, not using avocado to their full potential,” added Mathias. “Since avocado fruit contains up to 35% oil, the development of technology for extracting this oil will significantly reduce the spoilage and consequently encourage farmers to increase production.”
The SGCI meetings are hosted during 4-8 December. Media wishing to cover the meetings should contact the NRF Media Relations Officer, Bongani Nkosi, at email@example.com or +27 61 477 3064.
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