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
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.
On Tuesday, 09 November, NRF-iThemba LABS officially became an International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Collaborating Centres. This designation was conferred during a virtual signing ceremony with signatories 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 furthermore attended by representatives from the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the National Research Foundation (DSI) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). South Africa was represented at the signing in Vienna by His Excellence, Mr Rapulane Molekane, the Ambassador – South African Embassy and Permanent Mission in Vienna.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), consists of 173 member-states (as of 07 April 2021) across the world, and has as its motto “Atoms for Peace and Development”. The Agency collaborates with designated Member State Institutions through its Collaborating Centres Network to implement its programmatic activities that focus on research, development and training. There are currently 55 active Collaborating Centres worldwide, 3 of which are located on the African continent; and more specifically in Burkina Faso, Egypt and Morocco.
“We are excited about this recognition of not only our impact on the African continent, but also the role we will be able to play through the partnership with IAEA, to support smaller facilities in countries like Egypt, Ghana, Algeria and Nigeria,” says NRF-iThemba LABS Managing Director, Dr Faïҫal Azaïez. “We are looking forward to claim our rightful role on the African continent as the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) of Africa; or rather the CARN (African Organization for Nuclear Research).”
This sentiment was echoed by Dr Clifford Nxomani, Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms of the NRF, “I would like to thank the IAEA for the recognition and honour bestowed on NRF-iThemba LABS to join the myriad of International and African Scientific Institutions as a Collaborating Centre. I hope that this honour will not only advance the mandate of the IAEA, but that it will also facilitate Science and Technology capacity development in the field of accelerator-based science and technology on the African continent.”
NRF-iThemba LABS, a national research facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF), will be tasked to implement selected programmatic activities in the field of Accelerator-Based Scientific Research and Applications through the designation as a Collaborating Centre. The designation comes at a very opportune time as iThemba LABS prepares to add another particle accelerator to its infrastructure inventory. The new accelerator, which is expected to be fully commissioned towards the end of 2022, will signal the birth of the South African Isotope Facility (SAIF). This development will not only enable the facility to advance its research, training and development agenda, but it will also impact society through the enhanced provision of radiapharmaceuticals.
IAEA Appoints NRF-iThemba LABS as newest member of Collaborating Centre Network
Young Scientists Summer Program
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