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.
Women’s Month 2022 is celebrated under the theme of “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future” and links to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5) of Gender Equality by 2030. In celebrating Women’s Month 2022, the NRF reiterates its commitment to the support of women in the advancement of their careers, their establishment as researchers, as well as the support of research aimed at uplifting women.
NRF’s Participation in Global Group Tipped to Boost Transformation
The National Research Foundation’s (NRF) involvement in the Global Research Council (GRC), a virtual organisation of national science and engineering funding agencies, is paying dividends in terms of facilitating the identification of strategies to grow gender equality within in local academia. The GRC provides a platform for heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world to discuss cooperation and funding practices. Sharing and analysis of data pertaining to funding dynamics also tops the list of activities at the GRC.
Dorothy Ngila, Director: Strategy Planning and Partnerships at the NRF, has represented the organisation for some years at the GRC. She is a member of the GRC’s Gender Working Group (GWG), a structure created in 2017 to advance and coordinate initiatives in support of promoting the equality and status of women in research, serving as the Committee’s de facto representative of the sub-Saharan Africa region along with her colleagues from Tanzania, Senegal and Zambia.
Ngila predicts that the GRC’s work around gender equality will have a lasting impact on the NRF, “Our involvement in the GRC has given us the opportunity for introspection as an organisation on whether the transformation document that we have put in place adequately addresses the issue of women in research. We have even advanced that topic a little bit to ask whether it is addressing the questions of equality, diversity, and inclusivity?.”
“The answer, we have found, is it has not addressed these areas adequately, and therefore the conversation that we need to have internally regarding equality, diversity and inclusivity is a document that accompanies the NRF’s transformation framework to be able to specifically spell out the interventions that need to be put in place.”
Ngila identifies the GRC’s 2016 report, entitled The Gender-Disaggregated Data at the Participating Organisations of the Global Research Council, as one contribution poised to improve gender equality in funding. She states that the study’s focus topic, the equality and status of women in research, was sparked by the consistent recognition that funding agencies are funding fewer women. Says Ngila, “When they fund women, they are funding women at grant sizes that are lower than those of men. When they fund team research, the team research is likely to be led by males.”
“Furthermore, the principal investigators of the majority of projects that are funded across the world are led by men more than women.”
The discussion was that if you are a funding agency and you are responsible for catalysing your national system of innovation, how do you deal with this particular issue? According to Ngila, it emerged in the study that some funding agencies did not have policies relating gender funding parity.
“Some councils lack the mechanism to collect the data or to analyse the data in a way that puts them on path to prioritise gender equality,” says Ngila. “The issue around data is very different because some countries are actually not allowed by law to collect certain data that would be so critical to informing them on how they could change the narrative.”
This is an area in which the NRF differs. The organisation collects the data for its transformation objectives.
Says Ngila, “One thing that I am proud of in terms of the NRF is that, statutorily, we are required to collect not just gender disaggregated data but also data pertaining to race, disability, socio-economic status. Data collection is one of the instruments that places the NRF in a position to be unapologetic about advancing the transformation agenda.”
“Other countries often find it a difficult and sometimes contentious issue. It can be a politically charged statement if you have to say that we must focus on race and gender,” adds Ngila. “In fact, I find that when we state that say we have ministerial quotas about who we must fund, certain organisations question our justification for it in our system.”
“I am proud that we’re being unapologetic about gender and other important issues.” Ngila asserts that the GWG is an important structure of the GRC in its efforts to deepen gender equality within academic funding across the member countries.
Adds Ngila, “The key responsibility of the GWG is to champion and support funding agencies looking to deepen their work on equality and status of women in research. It walks that journey with them, whether it’s supporting them to write policies or considering interventions.”
The Appointment of a Conference Organiser for the 2022 Annual Gathering of Science Granting Councils
Procurement of an Occupational and Environmental Radiation Protection Dosimetry Service for NRF iThemba LABS, for a period of five years.
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