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-University Research Support Forum took place on Friday, 13 October at the NRF’s Albert Luthuli Auditorium in Pretoria. Chief Executive Officer, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, led the NRF team that hosted Deputy Vice-Chancellors from the country’s 26 universities.
The parties discussed issues of mutual interest for the benefit of the country’s science and innovation system, delving into topics which included the leverage of resources to support human capital development, research and innovation for the system; the support of Historically Disadvantaged Institutions and Universities of Technology; showcasing the impact of the system in a coordinated way; mentorship of the next generation of researchers; and support for commercialisation and innovation.
Dr Nelwamondo delivered both the opening and closing addresses. He stressed that the country’s science system faced various constraints and, therefore had no choice but to do the most with the limited resources it had. He pointed out that local institutions were in a financially constrained environment compared to a number of their counterparts in Commonwealth countries, which spent up to 2% of their GDP on research.
The local science system has a greater challenge to ensure its output is generally impactful to society, said Dr Nelwamondo. “We have serious challenges in terms of how we ensure that, with these limited resources, we make a huge impact and manage to achieve much more. It’s a question of how we can achieve much more with the little that we have.”
The system also had to find sustainable means to attract investments. Added Dr Nelwamondo, “This (constrained environment) requires us to garner the support of those entities that are not funding research to bring funds into research. We need to work together to address the challenges that we have. I have set a very high and ambitious target for the NRF to double the money under its control, not for the NRF itself but for the system in which it operates. It’s a question of how we get more money into the science system.”
Commercialisation and innovation provided new opportunities for the system, said Dr Nelwamondo. It is a matter of turning the good science happening at institutions into products able to penetrate the market, he added. “It might not be now. It could be four years, or ten years – it matters not, but let’s have that mindset of creating sustainability.”
In conclusion, Dr Nelwamondo said he hoped that Friday’s meeting was just the beginning of the conversation within the system about impact and sustainability. “I don’t think it’s a choice now for us to have this conversation. I think we should find ways of getting more time for us to engage. There’s quite a number of good things that are happening in the NRF and in the system. We have to find ways to coordinate and make sure that we can get much more from the little that we have,” he added.
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