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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 iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (NRF-iThemba LABS) is counting the days before it hosts its first workshop as an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Collaborating Centre. This workshop is organised to train member states of the IAEA in operating and maintaining particle accelerators which is a unique expertise of NRF-iThemba LABS in the country and across the continent –
Entitled “The Training Workshop on the Operation and Maintenance of Electrostatic Accelerators and Associated Instrumentation”, it will run from 05 to 09 December 2022 at the Tandem & AMS (TAMS) Laboratory at NRF-iThemba LABS’s facility in Johannesburg.
A total of 12 participants have been selected by the IAEA to attend the workshop. They are from Algeria, Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, and Argentina, some of the IAEA’s 175 member states. The participants will largely be young accelerator operators, engineers and scientists working at accelerator facilities. The workshop is intended to widen their specific knowledge and skills in the accelerator topics through lectures and hands-on activities.
“We are looking forward to interacting with our colleagues from Africa, Middle East, Asia and South America”, says Dr Morgan Madhuku, the head of TAMS Laboratory of NRF-iThemba LABS.
In its call for applications to attend the workshop, IAEA stated that it aimed to reach out to member states running small and medium size accelerator facilities with a wide spectrum of technical expertise. Said an IAEA spokesperson, “Many such facilities are facing difficulties in training new and improving the knowledge and skills of more senior accelerator technicians, engineers and scientists. The need for training in accelerator technologies is evident and the IAEA is responding to such needs using the unique expertise of NRF-iThemba LABS in the field.”
NRF-iThemba LABS will host the international workshop just over a year after it was designated an IAEA Collaborating Centre. This designation was conferred during a virtual signing ceremony on 09 November 2021. Signatories included the Deputy Director General for Nuclear Science and Applications at the IAEA, Ms Najat Mokhtar, and the Managing Director of NRF-iThemba LABS, Dr Faïҫal Azaïez. The event was attended by representatives from the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE).
There are currently 55 active Collaborating Centres worldwide, four of which are located on the African continent in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa. NRF-iThemba LABS is, however, the first and only Collaborating Centre dedicated to accelerator-based science.
Commenting on the IAEA’s decision to award the opportunity to NRF-iThemba LABS to host the workshop, Azaïez says: “This recognition and partnership with the IAEA, is not only seen as an expression of confidence by the International Research Community, but it also positions the NRF to support research infrastructure in smaller facilities in countries such as Egypt, Ghana, Algeria and Nigeria.”
NRF-iThemba LABS is the largest facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and is currently home to four cyclotrons (SPC1, SPC2, SSC and an 11-MeV) and two linear accelerators (3-MV Tandetron and a 6-MV Tandem). The flagship project of NRF-iThemba LABS, the South African Isotope Facility (SAIF) with its 70-MeV cyclotron, is only a few months from completion and commissioning. SAIF will be dedicated to the production of radiopharmaceuticals and the advancement of research related to targeted Alpha therapy (TAT) and theranostics. The linear accelerators of NRF-iThemba LABS are dedicated to materials research using Ion-Beam Analysis and multidisciplinary research utilising radioactive dating using the Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS).
NRF-iThemba LABS recently showcased its commitment to become the hub for research, training and expertise in accelerator-based science on the African continent when it hosted the 28th International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in September.
“There is a need to maintain our momentum as we advance knowledge and competence in accelerator-based science and technology on the African continent,” adds Azaïez.
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