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:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and (CFO)
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Pilot Call for Full Proposals
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
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications: Additional Awards for the NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for NRF-SASOL Foundation Scholarship Programme in 2023
HFSP funding opportunity announcement
Risk and Uncertainty in Finance and Economics Conference
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.
Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships – 2024 Funding Framework
Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships – 2024 Application and Funding
South Africa (SA) - Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) Research and Innovation Grants - 2024 Framework
South Africa (SA) - Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) Research and Innovation Grants - 2024 Budget Spreadsheet.
SASUF-NRF Seed Grants for Collaborative Research – 2023 Framework
SA / Flanders (FWO) Joint Research Programme - 2024 Call Guideline
SA / France (PROTEA) - 2024 Call Guideline
DSI/NRF-SAIAB Research Chair in Biological control and Freshwater Alien Invasive Species Management – 2024 Framework and Funding Guide
DSI/NRF-UKZN SARChI Research Chair in Peace and Justice Education – 2024 Framework and Funding Guide
Co-funded DSI/NRF-UW-UP SARChI Research Chair in Water and Environment - 2024 Framework and Funding Guide
Co-funded DSI/NRF-UniZulu SARChI Research Chair in Hydrology - 2024 Framework and Funding Guide
Thuthuka – 2024 Funding Framework
Thuthuka - 2024 Institutional Support Form
Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) - 2024 Funding Framework
Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) - 2024 DVC Research Nomination Letter
Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR) - 2024 Funding Framework
Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers – 2024 Funding Framework
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - 2024 Framework and Funding Guide
Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) – 2024 Funding Framework
NRF/CNRS/IRD/Cirad Collaboration (Closed Call) – 2023 Call Guideline
African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) – National Marine Research Plan
African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) – 2024 Framework and Funding Guide
African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) - South African Marine and Antarctic Research Strategy
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Concept Notes for Large Integrated Team Projects – 2023 Application Instruction Guide
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Large Grant for Large Integrated Team Projects - 2023 Application Instruction Guide
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Small Grants - 2023 Application Instruction Guide
Global Change Social Sciences Research Programme (GCSSRP) – 2024 Framework and Funding Guide
Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) Period 1 – 2023 Funding Guide
NRF-DSI Conference Fund Guide
International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) – 2023 Funding Guide
NRF/ European Research Council (ERC) – 2023 Funding Guide
European Research Council (ERC) - SA Book of Abstracts
Equipment-Related Travel and Training Grants (ERTTG) - 2023 Framework
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