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 NRF, in partnership with the Research Council Norway (RCN), recently co-hosted a concluding conference for the South Africa-Norway Cooperation on Ocean Research, Blue Economy, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (SANOCEAN). The conference was hosted in Oslo, Norway, on 28 September 2023 and included all of the South African and Norwegian researchers (and postgraduate students) currently funded through SANOCEAN.
Participating at the SANOCEAN conference, from left to right, Ms Kegomoditswe Mokgoro (Programme Officer, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria), Ms Zlata Turkanovic (Senior Adviser, Research Council Norway), Dr Prudence Makhura (Acting Executive Director, National Research Foundation), Ms Hildegunn Tobiassen (Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy Pretoria), Dr Eva Fallath (Executive Director: Research Council Norway), Dr Marianne Jensen (Department Director, Research Council Norway), Ms Eudy Mabuza (Senior Science and Innovation Representative in Brussels, Department of Science and Innovation)
The long-term scientific and technological partnership between South Africa and Norway, co-funded by the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and implemented by both the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Research Council Norway (RCN), began in 2002 with the launch of the SANCOOP initiative for research cooperation on climate change, the environment, and sustainable energy. The SANCOOP program ended in 2017 and was followed by the SANOCEAN initiative which ran from 2018 to 2023. Improved knowledge-based policies and decisions for sustainable development in the fields of oceans and ocean space, climate change, and sustainable energy were the overall goals of the SANOCEAN programme which contributed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); increased opportunities to improve research cooperation within the selected thematic areas; and strengthened the quality of research and capacity building at both institutional and individual levels.
During her opening remarks, Ms Eudy Mabuza, Senior Science and Innovation Representative in Brussels, Department of Science and Innovation, located the relevance of SANOCEAN at a national level and highlighted the different ways in which the programme has contributed to advancing the South African National Development Plan.
The funded research projects have been built around the principles of equal partnership and have significantly contributed to national priorities of both countries. Said Dr Prudence Makhura, Acting Executive Director, National Research Foundation, “From South Africa’s side with the history of socio-economic inequalities finding expression within higher education through different levels of development of the universities, the SANOCEAN Programme has purposefully prioritised the Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDIs). Projects by researchers from these institutions have been given a priority without necessarily neglecting the well-resourced universities. This has ensured a balance between equity considerations and scientific excellence which is the core principle of this partnership”.
The speakers agreed that, with SANOCEAN, cultural differences and geographical distance are no barriers for meaningful collaboration and exchange as long as the involved partners share common values of respect, integrity and commitment to research excellence. These have been the core values and defining principles of South Africa’s partnership with Norway and have sustained the partnerships throughout the last 21 years.
“A clear testament to this great collaboration,” said Ms Hildegunn Tobiassen, Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy Pretoria, “is the fact that consultations on the new programme are progressing as planned-even with both the National Research Foundation and the Research Council of Norway going through big changes and with people central to the programme leaving. This proves to us that the program’s conception was based on sound principles”.
For further information on SANOCEAN please see the link: 978-82-12-03971-1-ck-sanocean.pdf (forskningsradet.no).
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