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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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 National Research Foundation (NRF) with its partners, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI); the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation (OATF); and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada invite you to the latest in the NRF Science for Society Lecture series. This lecture will explore the contributions of research chairs to the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).
Professor Fiona Tregenna
Professor Fiona Tregenna holds the DSI-NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, heading up this centre of research, capacity-building, and public and policy engagement. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is an Economics Professor at the University of Johannesburg. Her research focuses on issues of structural change, industrialisation and deindustrialisation, innovation and technological upgrading. She has published widely in leading journals; received awards and grants for her research; led large research projects; co-edited several books; and serves on the editorial boards of various international journals and book series.
Prof Tregenna has been involved in economic policy debates for more than 25 years and serves on many panels, boards and councils, including the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Advisory Council, through which she advises on trade and industrial development across Africa. In addition, as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, she advises South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on economic policy. She also sits part-time on the Competition Tribunal (South Africa). Prof Tregenna has advised international organisations such as UNIDO, UNCTAD, the United Nations University and the ILO, and has contributed to a number of flagship United Nations reports. She is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and sits on several ASSAf bodies.
Professor Nathaniel Boso
Professor Nathaniel Boso is the O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chair and Prof of International Marketing and Strategy at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He has served as the Dean of KNUST School of Business from 2017 to 2023. Since 2021, he has served as an Extraordinary Professor of International Business at University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa) and a visiting Prof to Strathmore University Business School (Kenya). Prior to joining KNUST, he was an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He has won multiple international awards and His research focuses on the interface between international entrepreneurship, industrial marketing and supply chain strategy. Notably, in 2021 his article on “(How) Does Africa Matter for International Business Scholarship?” won the Academic International Business (AIB) Insight Outstanding Article Award.
He was also the winner of the 2019 S. Tamer Cavusgil Award from American Marketing Association Foundation, which recognises the Journal of International Marketing article published in the calendar year that has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of international marketing management. His research also won the 2017 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Best Conference paper; and the Best Empirical Paper Award at the 25th United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference. He has published in high-impact journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of International Marketing, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Logistics and Journal of Business Research. Nathaniel serves as the Associate Editor of International Marketing Review and Africa Journal of Management. He also serves as the Vice-President of Academy of International Business Africa Chapter.
In 2021, he was appointed to the prestigious O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chair Initiative (ORTARChI) with a budget of 14 Million South African Rand (USD 1.075 Million). He is also the principal investigator at KNUST on the USD 15 Million “Building Research and Innovation for Development: Generating Evidence and Training (BRIDGE-Train)” project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prof Nathaniel has been a keynote speaker at several international academic gatherings including the 6th International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (Zambia), Southern University Global MBA Leadership Forum (USA), and University of Pretoria (South Africa) Africa Leadership Forum. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana in 2002, Master of Science degree in Industrial Marketing from Umeå University (AACSB accredited) in Sweden in 2004 and PhD in International Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Loughborough University (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited) in the United Kingdom in 2011.
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