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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Call for Applications: Globalink Research Award Thematic Call
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
Invitation for Nominations for Professional Development Programme (PDP) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023
2023 iThemba Labs Physics Summer School Call for Applications
Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
1ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS FOR THE DSI-NRF FIRST-TIME GRANT HOLDER-LINKED MASTERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FUNDING IN 2024 ACADEMIC YEAR
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Call for applications: Summer schools 2024 in Germany for DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders
Open Calls for Scholarship Applications: Hungary, China, Russia, Mauritius, Sweden and Switzerland
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.
Fast-tracking gender transformation and equity in academia is one of the grand mandates of the National Research Foundation (NRF). It is in this light that, as South Africa marks Women’s Month, the NRF shares some of the milestones it has achieved in providing support for women postgraduates and researchers.
Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, CEO of the NRF, says, “Not only have we made great strides in the NRF’s gender transformation agenda, but we have also put more mechanisms in place to improve access to funding for women in research.”
“From a milestone point of view, we are now sitting at an unprecedented level when it comes to the number of women that are being funded across a number of areas.”
According to Dr Nelwamondo, Black South African women constituted half of the postgraduate students that received NRF funding in the 2021 academic year; a growth from 40% in 2016. In real terms, 7 732 South African postgraduate students were funded by the NRF. Of these, 81% were Black South Africans and 59% were women (of all races). Of the 7 732 NRF-funded postgraduate students, 2 496 were studying for their Honours, 2 874 for their Master’s, and 2 363 for their Doctorates.
Says Dr Nelwamondo, “When you look at NRF-funded doctoral students, Black students accounted for 47% of the total funded in 2016. By 2021, this number had increased to 71%. The percentage of funded women doctoral students has increased from 44% in 2016 to 51% in 2021, and further interventions are underway to achieve our target of 55%.”
“In terms of researchers and postdoctoral fellows funded in the 2021 academic year, the proportion of South African women receiving NRF funding stood at 41%, an increase from 36% in 2016. These numbers may appear low,” explains Dr Nelwamondo, “but you have to look at the entire pipeline to realise that, at Honours, Master’s and Doctoral levels, the numbers are growing steadily.”
As part of our commitment to improve transformation and gender equity in academia, the NRF has partnered with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to ensure a seamless funding process for students progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. “Our objective with this collaboration is to streamline and simplify the funding process from undergraduate to doctoral level and beyond,” says Dr Nelwamondo. “The NRF pursues these types of partnerships in order to further our transformation agenda and they are critical to the sustainability of the research enterprise.”
“The NRF also pursues partnerships with the private sector to deepen equity,” says Dr Nelwamondo. “One should not underestimate the role that the private sector plays in research and development.”
The NRF has also put in place new policies designed to improve transformation and gender equity in the research environment. One such policy is the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding Policy. Says Dr Nelwamondo, “Its whole objective is to make transformation a critical part of postgraduate funding.” The policy considers citizenship, age, gender and disability as criteria for allocating postgraduate funding. Nelwamondo adds that the NRF is in the process of developing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion document that speaks to some of the challenges relating generally to the issues of transformation. This is another important milestone in terms of advancing gender transformation.
NRF Women’s Month 2022: Dr Nqobile Monate Mkolo
NRF Women’s Month 2022: Pontsho Maruping
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