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 programme developed by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF), called the New Earth Observation Frontiers (NEOFrontiers), was launched at an event held at the NRF’s head office in Pretoria on 12 May 2022.
NEOFrontiers forms part of the South Africa’s Earth Observation Strategy which aims to address the country’s socioeconomic and environmental challenges. It will play a key role in SANSA’s multi-billion Rand mission to improve and enhance Earth observation and space science in sub-Saharan Africa through infrastructure development including the building of new satellites for Earth observation applications; the building of a new ground station; the development an expanded data segment and building of a new data visualisation centre; activation of the satellite-based augmentation system over Southern Africa; as well as to develop human capital. The new programme will help South Africa to advance collaboration, cooperation, and innovation in the among its Earth observation community, including academia and the public and private sectors and is envisaged as a collaborative yet competitive programme for developing capacities around new capabilities, products, services, and value-added components in the Earth observation sector.
Special guests at the launch event included CEO of the NRF, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, who made the keynote address; the Acting CEO for the SANSA, Ms Andiswa Mlisa; and the Acting Deputy Director-General for the Department of Science and Innovation, Dr Rebecca Maserumule.
Said Dr Nelwamondo, “I regard this partnership [between SANSA and the NRF] as highly strategic, and would like to acknowledge the close collaboration with SANSA as we strengthen our science system, and commit to long-standing and valuable engagement between South Africa’s system actors. We are pleased that the NRF can contribute to this partnership, and the support of the sector at large, through our recognised grants management systems and expertise, which are important enablers of a competitive and quality research system with local and international impact.”
Says Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Acting Deputy Director-General for the DSI, “Stimulating collaboration, cooperation and competitiveness among the key players in South Africa’s Earth observation sector is important if we are to continue to maintain our global footprint. Innovative and localised Earth observation upstream capabilities and downstream information services and industry are critical if we are to create new jobs and new opportunities that are sustainable into the future.”
The first Call for the NEOFrontiers programme was opened in 2021 and four projects were awarded with funding for a period of up to three years starting from January 2022. The awardees were announced during the launch event of NEOFrontiers. The first four funded projects are titled:
The Call for funding of new NEOFrontiers projects that will commence in 2023 is now opened and will close on 11 July 2022. The new Call is informed by the following themes:
For more information on the NEOFrontiers 2022 call, please visit https://www.nrf.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/NEOFrontiers-Call-Framework_2023.pdf
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