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)
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
Group Executive: Strategy Planning and Partnerships
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
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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.
It’s been a little over three months since Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia began her journey spearheading the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (NRF-SAASTA) as its Managing Director. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and an MCom in Leadership Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also spent more than a decade at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in various management and leadership roles, reinforcing her track record in providing strategic leadership to multi-disciplinary teams.
NRF-SAASTA is responsible for the advancement of public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) in South Africa. This involves forging partnerships with key players in the science engagement field in SA, such as science centres and universities, as well as research facilities both within and outside of the national Research Foundation (NRF).
“While most of our initiatives are geared towards future scientists and innovators, we also work with STEMI professionals to provide them with skills to communicate science in an effective manner, with the aim of making science more relatable to the gogo (grandmother) on the street” says Dr Mosia.
Science subjects are not usually popular in school. What made the young girl in you fall in love with science and what has kept your passion going to this day?
The science path chose me, with my aptitude for science and mathematics and as a top-performing learner throughout my school career, I was naturally directed towards this path.
I did not have a regular mathematics teacher in Grades 8 and 9, but I was fortunate enough to be part of a weekend programme where we did subjects such as maths and science. This is where my appreciation of initiatives lead by NRF-SAASTA stems from because I am a product and beneficiary of one.
This is also one of the things that got me interested in being part of NRF-SAASTA; the opportunity to inspire the likes of myself – someone who grew up in a township where there were no facilities or resources to help them make an informed decision about their future.
For me, it was a local pharmacist that helped me make that decision. It was in the way she explained to me, in simple terms, the difference between a chemist and a pharmacist (a term often misused as “chemist” in many townships). It is that ability to have a scientist explain things to you in a simplified and relatable manner that makes me value science engagement initiatives. Today, I hold a PhD in Chemistry.
Despite the progress made, a significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of STEM disciplines worldwide. Please share your views on what role, and programmes, NRF-SAASTA plays in increasing public awareness participation of women and girls in science, and the NRF’s national facilities’ role in the success of these?
As NRF-SAASTA, one of our core objectives is to visit areas where resources and information are not easily available. We do not just go there to talk about and encourage careers in science but we specifically go to these areas with scientists, engineers and technologists so that learners can see that the face of a scientist could easily be that of a black female in regular jeans and All-Star sneakers. That changes perceptions completely because then, when a girl child can see herself in a scientist, she can believe that following such a career is possible.
A scientist can look like Einstein, yes, but a scientist can also be a young, modern and even fashionable woman who is doing exceptionally great things in her field. Presentation matters, and through our coordination with NRF facilities as well as our external partners, we have been able to expand on what the face of STEMI people looks like.
We also facilitate teacher training to ensure that our educators are able to teach maths and science better. This not only ensures increase in the pass rates, but also in numbers of children taking the subject. When parents and learners see others doing well in the subjects, they too have the confidence that they can do it.
Some of our activities, such as after school science clubs, allow learners to be creative with the STEMI subjects, thus increasing their interest in them. All these are not only meant to increase the number of black learners in the STEMI, but also females in general.
Where would you like to see NRF-SAASTA in future? What kind of plans do you have for the business unit?
In terms of going out there and reaching the public, I don’t think NRF-SAASTA is doing enough because NRF-SAASTA is simply not big enough. It is therefore crucial that we expand our collaboration networks so that we are working hand-in-hand with organisations with similar values and goals. I believe this will help us get to that ideal reach. There is also a need for us to coordinate science engagement activities in the country for us to realise the return on investment. This is the role that NRF-SAASTA is tasked to play.
Dr Mosia is certainly excited to join NRF-SAASTA and her mission seems to have the perfect balance between personal and professional. Having been one of those young girls who once lacked knowledge and information, she understands all too well the urgent need to encourage a science-literate South Africa.
I would love for NRF-SAASTA to be at the forefront of topical science matters, engaging the public on subjects such as the COVID-19 vaccine, for instance. Yes, it is scientists and researchers that are at the core of science matters, but I believe we should be driving the engagement and encouraging those conversations on a national level.
I will know that I have done my job when the day I leave here there is at least one young girl who says, “If it wasn’t for NRF-SAASTA, I would not be where I am today,”. I believe this is the driving force for all of us at NRF-SAASTA.
The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences / TshwaneUniversity of Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme 2022
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