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 2023 National Science Week (NSW) had a successful launch at the University of Venda, Limpopo, over the weekend. Not only did the dreary weather do little to deter the exposure of about a thousand school learners to the latest scientific developments on exhibition, but the launch event also proceeded smoothly.
Themed “Building a culture of evidence-based practice”, this year’s NSW will run from 31 July to 05 August with activities intended to expose learners to science and encourage them to take up science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) held across South Africa. The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (NRF-SAASTA) is the main coordinator of this initiative which has been a hallmark of science communication since 2000.
In his key address, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, said the NSW is held “as part of our efforts to contribute to the development of a society that is knowledgeable about science and which engages critically on science, technology and innovation”. Added Minister Nzimande, “This year, NRF-SAASTA, a unit of the National Research Foundation, will continue to award grants to various organisations – public, private and non-governmental –that will carry out activities to popularise science across South Africa, and promote science literacy. I, therefore, want to make a call to all our learners that no one should be left out of the solution-driven national discourse that speaks to the value of science in our lives and for our future.”
Further, the Minister urged principals and teachers to ensure that more learners take part in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) olympiads and exhibitions that will be held as part of the NSW. “The NSW should serve as a reminder to schools to encourage learners to take up mathematics and science,” he added. “Research indicates that STEMI olympiads and fairs are useful in developing problem-solving, creative, computational, communication, and innovation skills, which are among the those that are important for the future of work.”
“It is also counter-productive to discourage learners from choosing mathematics, as some school principals are doing, thinking that it is the best way for their schools to produce better results by avoiding the purported difficult mathematics altogether. Let the National Science Week be a turning point. Make sure that on each day from 31 July to 05 August 2023, there is at least one fun science experiment that every classroom in your school engages. There are many such experiments available on the internet.”
Stakeholders lauded the NSW. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni, hailed the NSW initiative and concept as important to raising awareness about science and all that it has to offer. “The University of Venda is cognisant that the primary goal of the National Science Week campaign is, among others, to make science accessible and exciting, engaging and encouraging to learners to embrace science and its application in our daily lives and foster the culture of scientific curiosity and discovery for our nation,” he said.
Vhembe District Municipality Executive Mayor, Dowelani Nenguda, said: “We now all know that technology is a driving force of our economy and as a country we’re aligning accordingly to ensure that our children are [conscious of] the current innovations. We’ve always preached about the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) that is coming to expedite and change how we do things. It is no longer a far-fetched phenomenon. It is a reality that has dawned and needs all of us to embrace. We appreciate that our children, who in the majority are from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds, will get an opportunity to celebrate this very special week. They will celebrate it with an understanding of what science is about and how they can contribute to change the world.”
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