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.
The National Research Foundation bid awards and contracts. Below is the latest award.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, has been named Engineer of the Year by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) at its 2022 Annual Awards held at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg on Friday, 10 March 2023.
Dr Nelwamondo was one of few awardees at the prestigious ceremony. The SAIEE Engineer of the Year Award is conferred on a member of the SAIEE judged to have energetically and voluntarily worked towards promoting electrical science and its applications for the benefit of its members and the Southern African community. The SAIEE is a voluntary professional association representing about 6 000 electrical and electronic engineers, technologists and technicians across Southern Africa.
A Senior Member and a Council Member of the SAIEE, Dr Nelwamondo is a registered Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He holds a BSc and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in Computational Intelligence from the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Nelwamondo is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), a global technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
The SAIEE recognised Dr Nelwamondo’s extensive research and vast practical experience in software engineering, computational intelligence and optimisation in various applications. He has published over 140 academic articles in the disciplines. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg’s Institute of Intelligent Systems and prior to taking over the reins of CEO at the NRF in April 2021, he held executive positions at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and has served on several Boards, Councils, Ministerial Task Teams and Advisory Committees.
Dr Nelwamondo expressed his gratitude for this prestigious award and its significance in emphasising the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the progression of society at large. “It is indeed a huge honour for me to receive this award. For me, any award from the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers is a huge honour. I am deeply honoured for this recognition. I would like to acknowledge the immense hard work of many people in our National System of Innovation, in which electrical engineering sits at the core, who play a role that made this award possible. I would like to thank the team of employees and students working with me for their incredible effort. Without their excellent performance, I would not be receiving this award. Many thanks to my family for allowing me time off to work on some of the national challenges,” he said.
The Engineer of the Year Award is the latest addition to a string of accolades Dr Nelwamondo has received over the years for his contribution to Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). In 2017, he was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe Silver, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the President of the Republic of South Africa. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and was the youngest South African to receive the prestigious Harvard-South Africa Fellowship.
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