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.
A new agreement to strengthen the collaboration between South Africa and Italy in the field of nuclear physics and its applications was signed on Monday, 12 September 2022, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. The interests of the two countries were represented by the National Research Foundation (NRF) on behalf of its national facility, iThemba LABS and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN).
The collaboration agreement, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was signed by the NRF’s Deputy CEO for National Research Infrastructure Platforms, Dr Clifford Nxomani and the Vice-President of the INFN, Marco Pallavicini, on behalf of the President of the Institute, Antonio Zoccoli. The MoU consolidates the cooperation between NRF-iThemba LABS and the National Laboratories of Legnaro and the South, in the production and study of heavy ions. It is envisaged that the agreement will facilitate the mobility of researchers and the sharing of instruments and materials between the two institutes. In particular, the focus will be on research in the fields of nuclear physics and astrophysics; the study and development of accelerators for basic research; and the production of radioisotopes for medicine, such as SAIF at NRF-iThemba LABS, the SPES cyclotron at the Italian National Facility in Legnaro and the FRAISE and NUMEN projects at the Italian National Facility in Catania.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the Director General of the INFN, Nando Minnella, a representative of the Executive Board of the INFN, Diego Bettoni and the Director of NRF-iThemba LABS, Dr Faïҫal Azaïez. It positions NRF-iThemba LABS as the gateway for South African nuclear physicists to access global-scale nuclear physics research infrastructures, and strengthens the facility’s capacity to address socio-economic challenges such as scarce skills development and improved societal health through the provision of radioisotopes for cancer diagnosis and treatment, says Nxomani.
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