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:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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
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
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications for NRF-SASOL Foundation Scholarship Programme in 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for General 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.
The 28th International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC2022) was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), South Africa from 11 to 16 September 2022. The event was hosted by Dr Faïҫal Azaïez (National Research Foundation’s iThemba LABS) and Prof Mathis Wiedeking (NRF-iThemba LABS and the University of the Witwatersrand). This was the first time that the conference was held on the African continent, and more specifically in South Africa’s multicultural, history-rich melting pot, Cape Town. The INPC, which is held every three years and overseen by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), coincided with three major scientific events, namely the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD), the centenary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Prof Niels Bohr, and the 100-year celebration of the establishment of the IUPAP.
Dr Michel Spiro, President of IUPAP, addressed the delegates via a recorded message before the conference was opened by Dr Clifford Nxomani, NRF Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Research Infrastructure and Platforms
This was also the first and largest in-person gathering of the nuclear physics research community following the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference was attended by 468 delegates from 35 countries and provided an excellent opportunity for delegates to explore the latest progress in the field, and to re-connect with colleagues. The scientific programme comprised of 30 plenary presentations on the most recent highlights and advances in the field, which included a presentation on neutrino-less double beta decay experiments by the 2015 Nobel Prize laureate, Dr Arthur McDonald.
Over the last decade, enormous progress has been made to unravel the fundamental nature of hadrons and nuclei and their applications. Delegates were able to share the latest research work, techniques, experiences, challenges, and innovative solutions with colleagues from around the world. As such, the conference programme spanned a wide range of topics across the breadth of Nuclear Physics – from hadrons to nuclei, and from fundamental science to applications. A total of 321 presentations and 69 posters were presented during various topical sessions. The local impact of the conference was evident as South Africa had the highest number of registered delegates, a total of 100, participating in the conference. Another impressive statistic was the diversity of the delegates with approximately one-third of the delegates and speakers being female and one-quarter students.
The conference provided for high-quality scientific presentations, robust discussions, and the opportunity to inspire and unlock young talent. Prof Ani Aprahamian, the Chair of the IUPAP C12 Committee, awarded three IUPAP Young Investigator Prizes for the best student presentations at the INPC2022. The awards were presented at the Gala Dinner and the recipients were Dr Carlo Bruno (University of Edinburgh), Dr Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Dr Volodymyr Vovchenko (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
Even though the conference created an opportunity for specialists to engage, a special effort was made by the organisers to ensure that the reach was beyond the delegates. A captivating public lecture on “The search for our cosmic origin: a 13.8 billion-year journey through collisions, collapses and stellar explosions” was presented by Prof Jordi Jose from UPC Barcelona. In addition, an outreach workshop, titled “Building the Universe one nucleus at a time”, was offered in partnership with Binding Blocks and facilitated by Dr Christian Diget from the University of York. The interactive workshop was attended by 24 natural and physical science educators from the Metropole South Education District.
The local organising committee would like to acknowledge the sponsorships received from the South African National Convention Bureau, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, Metrological and Applied Sciences University Research Unit, IUPAP, NuPECC, ACF Metals, XIA and IBA.
The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea was announced as the next host for the INPC in 2025.
Smith Memorial Lecture: Launch of the Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean
The NRF congratulates Dr Phethiwe Matutu
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