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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Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
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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 National Research Foundation (NRF) is delighted to announce that the 2023 NRF Awards guest speaker will be Dr Kenda Knowles. The guest speaker delivers a science lecture at the prestigious awards ceremony held each year to celebrate South Africa’s academic research excellence. The NRF invites a guest speaker on the basis of their expertise in the discipline relating to the theme of the Awards, which this year is Celebrating 20 years of the SKA Project in South Africa. As per an invitation already extended to the media, the 2023 NRF Awards will take place on 31 August 2023 at The Capital Zimbali Resort in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Dr Kenda Knowles is a Senior Research Fellow at Rhodes University and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRF-SARAO). She is an astrophysicist, and focuses on the physics of galaxy clusters, with the aim of understanding the constituent galaxies, plasma, and magnetic fields, the physical processes that affect them, and how these processes may evolve over cosmic time or with cluster properties. She boasts extensive knowledge and expertise on the Square Kilometre Array, a pioneering project through which her PhD, which she received from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2016, was funded. Her PhD studied observational astrophysics and cosmology and produced evidence for a new radio halo in a low-mass galaxy cluster.
Dr Knowles has grown through the ranks in local astrophysics, having started as a student in the NRF-SARAO Human Capital Development programme. She uses NRF-SARAO’s MeerKAT telescope, located in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, for part of her research. Dr Knowles led team of South African and international experts whose research in 2021 released a huge trove of data critical for astronomers to better understand the many different components of the universe. The team’s seminal research paper, entitled The MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey I Survey Overview and Highlights, was published in the globally acclaimed Astronomy & Astrophysics journal.
She is currently the Primary Investigator of the MeerKAT Exploration of Relics, Giant Halos, and Extragalactic Radio Sources (MERGHERS), a project studying a large statistical sample of galaxy clusters with the MeerKAT observatory. A winner of a 2015 South African DSI Women in Science Awards Doctoral Fellowship and a prestigious 2017 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Postdoctoral Fellowship, she recently led the first data release of the MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey, a rich dataset of 115 cluster targets, for the global community.
Dr Knowles is passionate about student training and the development of South African talent by using her research programmes and local and international networks. Her strong local research connections, as well as those with Italy, Germany, the USA, the UK, and her recent NRF/Swiss National Science Foundation bilateral project, help to foster international mentorship of South African students, better preparing South Africans to contribute to and to lead international astronomy research.
As NRF Awards guest speaker, Dr Knowles joins the cohort of fellow esteemed academics previously invited to deliver the science lecture which includes Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, a leading infectious diseases epidemiologist, delivered the Science Lecture at the 2022 NRF Awards. Entitled Basic Science for Sustainable Development: HIV, TB and Covid-19, her lecture highlighted findings by South African research in HIV, TB and Covid-19.
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