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.
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
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 Scarce Skills Honours Scholarships 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Honours Scholarships 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.
Professor Mark New and his team at the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) has been awarded the prestigious Frontiers Planet Prize for a paper entitled Nature-based solutions in mountain catchments reduce impact of anthropogenic climate change on drought streamflow, published in Communications Earth & Environment. The other members of the winning team include researchers Petra Holden, Piotr Wolski, Romaric C Odoulami, Joyce Kimutai, Tiro Nkemelang, Kamoru A Lawal and collaborating researcher, Alanna Rebelo, from the Agricultural Research Council.
Prof New is the Pro-VC for Climate Change and Director of the African Climate & Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on climate change detection, processes, scenarios, impacts and adaptation. Prof New is a longstanding member of South Africa’s Change Science Committee, managed by the Knowledge Advancement and Support directorate of the National Research Foundation (NRF), and holds a B1 rating from the NRF. In addition, he holds a joint appointment as Professor of International Development at the University of East Anglia in the UK; is a member of the Africa Future Earth Science Committee; and serves on the editorial board of Environmental Research Letters.
Prof New served on the GCSC for around seven years (ending at the end of 2022) and was instrumental in many of its initiatives over that period including the planning and contextual focus of three Global Change Conferences; in giving invaluable input into numerous Global Change programme development processes; and, more recently, his comments and suggestions related to the DSI Decadal Plan were formative in relation to the Global Change (Sustainability, Climate Change, Transdisciplinarity etc.) aspects of the Plan. His involvement in and contributions to the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment Reports has been vital in improving the exposure of both context and content related to the Global South on the international stage.
Through his research, he has worked on the development of global and regional climate datasets which have underpinned climate impact assessments and integrated modelling; the detection of climate extremes; and issues around uncertainty and accuracy of climate data.
His research on impacts and adaptation has addressed broader adaptation policy issues around high-end climate change and dangerous climate impacts, approaches to adaptation decision making under uncertainty. Much of this work has been applied through the lens of water resource planning, such as in the EPSRC project he leads, ARCC-Water – Adaptive and Resilient Water Systems.
The Frontiers Planet Prize is a global competition where three prizes of 1 million Swiss Francs are awarded to scientists whose research contributes to helping humanity stay within the safe operating space of our Earth’s system. The prize aims to recognise, encourage, and reward exceptional scientists whose work contributes toward a sustainable planet.
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is the National Representative Body for the Frontiers Planet Prize.
NRF/CORP COMMS 09/2023
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