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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Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
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Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
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
Announcement of Successful Applications for General Honours Scholarships 2023_July
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Call for Proposals: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Japan International Cooperation Agency Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
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 BRICS partners in 2015, in Brasilia, under Brazil’s leadership, concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a formal BRICS Cooperation Framework in Science, Technology and Innovation, concluding a process initiated during South Africa’s first tenure as BRICS Chair in 2013.
The most important achievement of BRICS cooperation in “diplomacy for science” is undoubtedly the successful negotiation and implementation of the BRICS Framework Programme for Science, Technology and Innovation. This Programme brings together 13 national research and innovation funding agencies of the BRICS partners to jointly select and fund collaborative consortia projects across various scientific disciplines. The NRF is one of the 13 funders under this programme, and since its inception, and through five rounds of competitive calls for proposals, the programme has already funded more than 150 joint projects (and significantly, every project includes the participation of at least three different countries from the BRICS partnership).
At the 8th Young Scientists Forum held from 31 July to 02 August 2023 in Gqeberha, Dr Prudence Makhura, Director of International Grants at the NRF, elaborated on the BRICS funding mechanisms and the plans for the 2023 Call and shared the different ways in which young scientists from all the BRICS countries can be involved in shaping the future STI Framework Programme. Dr Makhura will also be participating at the BRICS STI Senior Officials’ Meeting and the Ministerial Meeting taking place on 03 and 04 August 2023 to table some of the proposals made by the young scientist for consideration by the Government senior officials.
Dr Mary-Jane Bopape, Managing Director of the South African Environmental Observation Network (NRF-SAEON), set the scene for the climate change and environmental sustainability thematic area. She spoke to a link between environmental challenges, global risks and the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals, the AU Agenda 2063, and the National Development Plan. She discussed challenges with environmental observation networks and highlighted interventions of the Department of Science and Innovation through NRF-SAEON and the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR). She also provided an overview of weather, climate and ocean modelling activities in South Africa, collaboration with SADC countries and associated training programmes. She concluded by encouraging collaboration amongst the BRICS countries to deal with environmental challenges and development of engineering, technical, scientific, modelling and data science skills needed in the environment sector.
Dr Nokuthula Mchunu, Deputy Director of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP), presented the UNESCO Open Science recommendations. The AOSP is hosted by the NRF, which aims to advance and implement the UNESCO Open Science recommendation. It aims to give the African research community more equitable access and contribution to global knowledge. The AOSP’s mission is to promote and put African scientists at the cutting edge of contemporary, data-intensive science as a fundamental resource for modern society and recognition as crucial for solving continental and global challenges. The BRICS partnership is an essential vehicle for science diplomacy, and Open Science advances this ideology with more focus on the democratisation of science. The discussion in the BRICS Young Scientist Forum on the impact of Open Science on Early Career Researchers is vital in the dialogue in shaping the future and scientific contribution to solving global challenges, thus achieving the SDGs targets.
For further information on the BRICS related matters, contact Ms Nombuso Madonda at NP.Madonda@risa.nrf.ac.za
NRF/ CORP EM37/2023
Women’s Month 2023: Dr Ayanda Pamella Deliwe
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