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.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) hosted a symposium at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 25 – 26 January 2024. Supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI); the National Research Foundation (NRF); South African Space Agency (SANSA); and the NASSP node universities (UCT, North-West University the University of KZN), the symposium brought together NASSP students, alumni, supervisors, lecturers, and stakeholders to celebrate and reflect on the positive impact of NASSP. Attendees at the event included the DSI Deputy Director General Mr Imraan Patel; Mr Takalani Nemaungani, Chief Director of Astronomy at the DSI, Prof Daya Reddy, the UCT Vice Chancellor, and Prof Petri Vaisanen, MD of NRF-SAAO.
NASSP has been integral in the creation of the next generation of astronomers and space scientists. The programme has touched countless students through world-class education and research opportunities.
By the end of 2023, NASSP had produced 464 Honours graduates and 235 Master’s degrees in astrophysics and space science. Its graduate community across the African continent and around the world is diverse, vibrant and excellent, and includes more than 70 graduates from 17 African countries. Many from elsewhere in Africa have returned to their home countries where they are growing postgraduate programmes and research communities.
The symposium aimed to celebrate the success of NASSP through its graduates, with a programme of talks from alumni who shared personal accounts of their career paths and highlights of their current roles. A significant number of graduates now work in scientific fields, including many at the NRF, and contribute to South Africa through their work in education, finance and tech industries.
NASSP graduate, Pfesesani van Zyl, who works at NRF-SARAO’s HartRAO facility, visited SALT during a NASSP student tour. Looking back, she said, “My time in the NASSP programme proved to be a truly transformative experience that left an indelible mark on my perspective and aspirations. It afforded me the opportunity to witness a real telescope for the first time, which was nothing short of awe-inspiring; a pivotal moment that reshaped my understanding of what I could achieve. Now, as I live out my dreams, I owe a debt of gratitude to that extraordinary decision to join NASSP that expanded my horizons and showed me that I, too, could reach for the stars in the truest sense.”
Some of the other unique and impactful journeys shared by ‘NASSPies’ working in the scientific and tech fields came from Moses Mogotsi (from NASSP to the Southern African Large Telescope); Miriam Nyamai (from NASSP to MeerKAT); Wendy Williams (from NASSP to the Square Kilometre Array Observatory); and Xola Ndaliso (from NASSP to Operating SALT).
Stories of NASSP graduates who have branched into other fields included talks by Given Phaladi, entitle The world of PHYnance; Mellony Spark, entitled From NASSP to Impact Investing in Africa; and from Themba Gqaza, whose talk, entitled Data Science for Health, was inspired by a personal crisis which lead him him to an organisation which aims to build a world where personal, uninterrupted healthcare is available to everyone, not just a chance few.
The symposium highlighted how crucial it is to share stories like these to understand the real impact of human capital development programmes on people’s lives and our societies. Investments are amplified as the first generations become the teachers and supervisors of the next.
NASSP graduate Nondumiso Khumalo presented her journey into SANSA as a Space Weather Forecaster.
“I was thrilled by the enthusiasm of everyone that I met, loved catching up with many that I haven’t seen for a long time, and felt inspired by the wonderful stories that we heard,” said Dr Rosalind Skelton of the NRF-SAAO. “We look forward to what the future holds for the astronomy and space science communities in South Africa and the role NASSP will continue to play – thank you all.”
The inspirational talks over the two-day symposium can be viewed at: https://www.parkmedia.live/nasspat20/
NRF supports five young scholars for the 2024 GYSS event in Singapore
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