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…
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.
The R150 million co-funding cooperation between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Sasol Ltd has a number of opportunities on the pipeline, all aimed at increasing South Africa’s capacity and capability in just energy transition.
Dr Theo Mudzunga, Vice President for Research and Technology at Sasol, made these remarks at a colloquium that the NRF hosted as part of Science Forum South Africa. The colloquium was aptly titled Approaches for innovative capacity building programmes to support South Africa’s just energy transition. Dr Mudzunga joined a session that brought together key stakeholders from the NRF and industry to discuss ways to better respond and contribute to the country’s energy transition efforts.
Through its Foundation and Research & Technology function, Sasol and the NRF have two significant cooperation agreements to jointly sponsor and support South Africa’s next generation of science and engineering researchers. The agreements were entered into in 2021 and aim to achieve set objectives within five years.
The first agreement resulted in the establishment of the NRF-Sasol Foundation Scholarship Programme. It aims to bolster the number of science researchers from historically disadvantaged universities as well as Black and/or female scientists and those living with disabilities. The programme’s target is to sponsor at least 102 candidates over the next three years from 2022, with nearly half of them being Master’s and Doctoral students.
The second agreement pertains to dedicated industry-academia research collaboration and aims to provide funding and strategic support, such as assistance with research focus and direction, for research in science and engineering areas that can enable South Africa’s energy transition as well as the development of its green economy. A bespoke Postdoctoral Innovation Fellowships Programme, as well as the South African Research Chairs in Power System Modelling and Green Hydrogen, were awarded through this agreement. Awards to a total of six postdoctoral Fellows and four Research Chairs were announced in February 2023.
Dr Mudzunga told the session that the Sasol, NRF joint funding cooperation ensures continued collaboration between Sasol and the country’s universities. He added that the cooperation is intended to address the national energy transition imperatives. “There are few programmes already happening and there are more coming,” he said.
Koena Motloi, the NRF’s Director: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, told the session that South Africa’s just energy transition agenda could get a boost from cooperation efforts in the national system of innovation. Such collaborations would see more initiatives similar to that of the NRF and Sasol.
Said Motloi, “It starts with establishing a common agenda. The issue that we see in the South African national system of innovation is the lack of coordination. To that effect we’re having multiple organisations, science councils, research funders, and technology development funders funding technically the same activities across the value chain of research and development. The first approach should be to get rid of the fragmentations in the system, work in joint programmes, and develop common programmes.”
Dr Zolani Dyosi, NRF’s Director: Knowledge Advancement and Support, added that the NRF is working hard to “get as many partners as possible locally and abroad, and to strengthen university links as well as industry links”. “In terms of the energy crisis that we’re facing in South Africa, it is high time that we innovate. We also need to increase (science) investment in order to achieve the skills that we require for just energy transition.”
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