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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Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
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Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
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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.
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The National Research Foundation (NRF) is delighted to announce the celebration of the South African Environmental Observation Network’s (NRF-SAEON) 21st anniversary. A prestigious celebration event will be held at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront, Cape Town on 07 September 2023. Journalists are invited to the event which will feature an address by NRF CEO, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo; NRF-SAEON Managing Director, Dr Mary-Jane Bopape; and representatives from the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) and environmental science researchers.
The event will also kick off a series of 21 impactful projects that NRF-SAEON has planned in celebration of its 21st anniversary milestone. The projects will be implemented through NRF-SAEON nodes and the science engagement programme.
Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium in Waterfront, Cape TownDate: 07 September 2023Time: 09:00 – 14:00Parking: Portswood Parking (Near the Two Oceans Aquarium)
For enquiries, please contact:
Kogie GovenderNRF-SAEON Science Engagement Coordinatork.firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 84 901 5027; orBongani NkosiNRFMedia Relations Officerb.email@example.com or +27 61 477 3064.
Over the past two decades, NRF-SAEON has advanced knowledge, transformed lives and inspired the nation through its world-class environmental research platforms. NRF-SAEON was established in 2002 after a process of deliberation within the research community about the need for an institution that would perform long-term ecological research for the benefit of Southern Africa’s indigenous biodiversity, landscapes and oceans. Following extensive consultation with its sister departments, the then Department of Science and Technology (DST) took the lead by mandating and funding the NRF to develop SAEON as an institutionalised network of departments, universities, science institutions and industrial partners.
The facility hosts nodes through which it performs environmental monitoring and research. These are four terrestrial nodes, two marine nodes, one data node and three environmental research infrastructures of the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR).
Research platforms, innovative tools and data dashboards which aim to improve our understanding of the current state of the environment have been developed. Cutting-edge solutions such as catchment monitors were developed to assess the impact of invasive alien trees on water resources and the use of remote sensing products to detect changes in critically endangered habitats. These products assist local and provincial governments to develop plans to maintain the state of the environment for the delivery of essential ecosystem services.
Supported by the DFFE, NRF-SAEON implemented the South African National Climate Change Information System (NCCIS); a web-based platform for tracking, analysing and enhancing South Africa’s progress towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. The NCCIS offers a series of decision-support tools to inform policy and decision-making, including a database of adaptation and mitigation actions undertaken by stakeholders nationwide.
“NRF-SAEON has provided hundreds of users, both nationally and internationally, with data to advance knowledge generation in addressing the global change grand challenge. These platforms also provide a rich training ground for the hands-on technical and academic development of young scientists, empowering them to address societally relevant challenges,” says Dr Bopape. “Notably, NRF-SAEON is currently participating in an EU-funded project led by Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) called the Knowledge and climate services from an African Observation and Data Research Infrastructure (KADI), which aims at identifying the observation requirements to support climate services across the African Continent.”
NRF-SAEON has also made great strides towards supporting postgraduate students studying biological and environmental sciences through funding, supervision, use of research platforms, field schools and training workshops. NRF-SAEON research infrastructures and research scientists have supported well over 500 postgraduate students throughout the 21 years of operation. The training of postgraduate students forms part of the NRF’s Vision 2030 mission to promote the availability of an excellent, transformed and sustainable South African cohort of researchers. Certain skills continue to be limited in South Africa’s environmental science job market.
Says Dr Bopape, “Programmes offered by SAEON have enabled close interaction and nurturing of students who have progressed to undertake MSc and PhD training or full-time employment within the earth and environmental sciences space.”
She adds that, “At local levels, NRF-SAEON works with communities adjacent to or within their long-term sites to generate context-relevant research and stimulate co-learning towards more sustainable land and water resources management. The hosting of the Maputaland Coastal Plain Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON) landscape by Mabasa TC. and the Northern Drakensberg Collaborative Forum are some examples of societal impact programmes. EFTEON is one of the SARIR programmes hosted by NRF-SAEON which is implementing six landscapes across the country. We engage in and promote citizen science to build a more democratised science landscape where people are empowered to observe their water resources and become better stewards of these resources.”
NRF-SAEON also hosts the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA), which offers an array of interactive, digital decision support tools such as indicator dashboards, infographics and a searchable atlas.
Data from an array of shallow subtidal and deeper moorings of underwater temperature recorders along the coast of South Africa deployed as part of the Shallow Marine Coastal Research Infrastructure (SMCRI), a SARIR programme, assisted the government and scientists in better understanding the drivers of the large-scale fish kills that took place along the eastern and southern cape coasts in March 2021 (and smaller events more recently). Implementation of
South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI) is also ramping up and will assist with the collection of long-term data in the deep oceans, Antarctica and the Islands, as well as the establishment of a polar lab at the University of Cape Town.
Distinguished Professor Jill Adler receives the Lifetime Achiever Award at the NRF Awards
NRF /SAEON/COLBYN /BUILDING /EVALUATOR /01/2023
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