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
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DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
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2023 iThemba Labs Physics Summer School Call for Applications
Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
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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.
South African Astronomer Dr Vanessa McBride has achieved a remarkable milestone by being appointed Science Director at the International Science Council (ISC), based in Paris. This prestigious position recognises her significant contributions to the scientific community, particularly her work with the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), a collaborative effort of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.
The OAD, supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), reflects a concerted effort to harness astronomy for sustainable global development. The project signifies the commitment of institutions like the NRF, a prominent contributor to the growth and support of science and research initiatives in South Africa. The collaboration has propelled vital programs under the OAD, enabling astronomical development initiatives that extend beyond geographical frontiers.
Hailing from the quaint town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape, Dr McBride will now be rubbing shoulders with the most distinguished scientists from around the world, as she works towards the ISC vision of science as a global public good. The ISC is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together over 220 international scientific unions and associations as well as national and regional scientific organizations including academies and research councils.
Following her early education in Cradock, Dr McBride pursued her passion for physics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her journey then led her to a stint at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation in Pelindaba. However, it was the stars that truly called her, guiding her to the United Kingdom, where she attained her PhD and engaged in postdoctoral research in Southampton. Driven by a desire to contribute to her nation’s scientific landscape, she returned to South Africa in 2013, along with her family. Upon her return, she embraced a dual appointment, contributing both to UCT and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), a research facility managed by the NRF.
Dr McBride’s journey to international recognition underscores the importance of solid support structures, such as those provided by the NRF, in nurturing scientific talent. Her career, adorned with academic and professional excellence, highlights the impact of foundational support from entities committed to elevating scientific pursuits.
In 2017, Dr McBride’s career ascended to new heights when she became part of the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU OAD), all while holding her position as an Adjunct Associate Professor at UCT. Stationed in South Africa, the IAU OAD operates with a vision to harness astronomy’s transformative power for societal good. “Vanessa fitted right in with the OAD from Day 1 with her special mix of seniority and humility. It was clear that the OAD was always going to be a stepping stone towards greater things for her – so we supported her growth and big ambitions, and we are so proud (although sad) to see her now transition to the next level of her career”, remarked IAU OAD Director Kevin Govender. Notably, the IAU is an integral member of the ISC, which has recently welcomed Dr McBride into its esteemed ranks.
Embracing her role at the IAU OAD, Dr McBride championed the expansion of astronomy across Africa. Her efforts culminated in a victorious bid, ensuring South Africa as the host for the upcoming International Astronomical Union’s General Assembly in August 2024. This landmark event, a first for the African continent, is anticipated to draw thousands of international astronomers. Central to this initiative was “Vision 2024”, a strategic plan spearheaded by Vanessa and her team to optimize the assembly’s positive impact across Africa.
True to her nature, Dr McBride never retreated from substantial challenges, juggling duties as the Head of Research at NRF-SAAO and board membership for the Southern African Large Telescope. Her leadership extended to supervising academic pursuits and unifying the South African astronomy scene through an inclusive national Astronomy Town Meeting. Dr Charles Takalana of the African Astronomical Society reflected, “The impact of Vanessa’s work on astronomy in Africa has been huge, and the way she achieved this, with her quiet diligence and abundant kindness, speaks volumes of her character. It will be a great loss for the continent to see her go, but we are excited that we will have a fellow African now sitting at the highest levels of science globally.”
Now, as the newly appointed Science Director at the ISC, Dr McBride is poised to influence science policy and innovation on a global scale. She will directly engage with the ISC’s CEO, leading pivotal science initiatives as outlined in the ISC Action Plan. Her role is critical, especially at a junction when science and society navigate complex challenges, demanding dynamic and inventive perspectives. Her responsibilities will extend to close collaboration with regional offices in diverse geographies, from Africa to Latin America.
Dr McBride’s transition to the ISC exemplifies the culmination of steadfast support from foundational bodies like the OAD and NRF. Her trajectory underscores the critical role of national mechanisms in nurturing scientific endeavours, contributing significantly to global discourses on innovation and excellence.
Consequently, her journey from the observatories of South Africa to the strategic corridors of the ISC in Paris resonates with possibility and serves as a beacon for aspiring scientists everywhere. Alongside her family, she prepares for relocation, embodying the promise of impactful science that bridges communities, nations, and the world.
Invitation to NRF Science for Society Lecture: Championing Research Excellence in Africa
NRF participates in the Food Systems and Climate (FOSC) General Assembly and Knowledge Hub Meetings, 24-26 October 2023
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