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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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND RATING – 2024
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Call for Applications: Globalink Research Award Thematic Call
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 General Honours Scholarships 2023_July
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Call for Proposals: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Japan International Cooperation Agency Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
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) is pleased to announce its selection to host the Africa Future Earth Global Secretariat Hub. The Africa Hub will join eight global hubs namely: Canada (Montreal), China (Beijing), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), South Asia (Bengaluru), Sweden (Stockholm), Taipei (Taipei), and the United States (Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, and Fairfax, Virginia).
The CEO of the NRF, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, stated that: “The NRF is honored, on behalf of the African continent, to play a leading role in the coordination of sustainability science in the Global South“.
The NRF’s bid was recently approved by the Future Earth (FE) Governing Council following an external review process that commenced during November 2021. The FE Governing Council is the elected decision-making structure working on behalf of the FE Assembly. The submission was supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Future Earth Regional Office of Southern Africa (FEROSA).
Launched in 2015, Future Earth is the primary global body that advances international collaboration between researchers and stakeholders to identify and generate the integrated knowledge needed for successful transformations in global sustainability science. It uses a rigorous transdisciplinary research and systems thinking approach to generate actionable, solution-oriented knowledge to inform and guide decisions by policy makers and practitioners at all levels of governance. Major organisations affiliated with Future Earth includes the International Science Council (ISC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The NRF serves as the adherence body to the ISC, and is a founding member of the Belmont Forum. The African Open Science Platform (AOSP), hosted by the NRF, will be a prominent stakeholder in this global initiative.
“The advancement and strengthening of strategic south-south collaboration is a key tenet of the African Hub, and it will invest significantly in the expansion of existing networks as well as the establishment or enhancement of new programmes, including Global Change research”, said Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnership at the NRF.
A phased implementation process during the next two years will establish the Africa Hub to operate as a truly global initiative with a strong African presence and voice, integrating Africa’s thriving and expanding sustainability science, policy, and funding communities into the global sustainability science arena. The approach articulates a clear framework for Future Earth Africa, which includes an ‘African Hub Leadership Centre’ based in South Africa (financially supported by the NRF) and four ‘African Hub Focal Points’ strategically located throughout the continent (to be supported by other partner academic institutions and/or funders).
“Without leadership and engagement from African researchers, scholars and stakeholders, it would be impossible for Future Earth to help create a sustainable and equitable world for all. The research and knowledge from this continent are critical to transformations to global sustainability. The Governing Council greatly appreciates the work and dedication of our African colleagues and we are extremely pleased to welcome the Africa Hub to the Future Earth Global Secretariat”, said Dr Maria Uhle, Co-Chair, Future Earth Governing Council and Co-Chair of the Belmont Forum.
African bodies that operate scientific infrastructures or research programmes, such as H3ABioNet, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), and the African Group on Earth Observations, are examples aligned with the mission of the African Hub.
The interim contact person at the NRF is Michael Nxumalo, Director Africa Collaborative Grants and Initiatives, Knowledge Advancement and Support (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Phase 1 Launch of NRF Connect
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