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…
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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.
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The National Research Foundation (NRF) has partnered with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), to collaborate on initiatives that will increase access to funding opportunities for postgraduate students. This initial five-year partnership commences from April 2022, with the annual call for postgraduate funding applications opening in the same period.
Funds administered by NSFAS targets students at the undergraduate levels of study while the NRF provides funding for postgraduate students studying towards a research-based postgraduate degree. The NSFAS-supported students are thus an important feeder group into the human capital development excellence pipeline. This partnership will enable a seamless transition for funding of students progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate studies, based on financial need and academic performance.
The two organisations’ common objective of supporting students will also contribute to establishing a transformed and diverse research and development workforce by advancing transformation initiatives for South African citizens who are Black, female or people living with disabilities.
The NRF CEO, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, says, “Over the past 21 years, the NRF has invested in supporting and advancing research, human capacity development, research infrastructure development and science engagement across the National System of Innovation (NSI). These investments are expected to generate impacts within the research enterprise, and ultimately for the benefit of society. This agreement will advance the NRF’s strategic objective of creating a globally competitive and transformed research system, through supporting the development of human capital in prioritised areas and enhancing the equity of postgraduate student access, success, and throughput.”
NSFAS CEO, Mr Andile Nongogo, says, “NSFAS has a mandate to provide funding for poor students who would otherwise not be able to access higher education had it not been for Government’s intervention. While the scheme in terms of the policy can only fund first qualifications (undergraduates), it is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for its beneficiaries. This partnership with the NRF is the first of many partnerships and collaborations the scheme will enter into for the benefit of its beneficiaries”.
The agreement is facilitated within the NRF business unit Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA) managed by the Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD) Directorate. “We are extremely excited about this partnership which stems from the mutual interests of NSFAS and the NRF in funding different segments of students in higher education and tracking the destinations of graduates into the economically active workforce, in particular in the research and development sectors” added Dr Romilla Maharaj, Executive Director of the NRF’s HICD Directorate.
About the NRF:
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is an independent statutory body established in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. Its mandate is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all ﬁelds of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge; supporting and promoting public awareness of, and engagement with, science; and promoting the development and maintenance of the national science system and support of Government priorities, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.
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