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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Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
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Acting Group Executive: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships
Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
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Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Collaborative Funding Call
NRF BRICS Call Guideline
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
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful SARChI Masters Scholarships Applicants for 2023_Final
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Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa
Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2024-2025
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-SAASTA’s Dr Mosia on the Importance of Introducing Children to Basic Sciences From a Young Age
NRF-SAASTA Managing Director, Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia’s best 2022 National Science Week (NSW) highlight is of a speech that was delivered by 12-year old Nokwazi Mbele. Coming from Ngelosi Primary School in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, Nokwazi gave a brief overview of the Ministerial Programme on Coding and Robotics, of which her school is a part.
“Listening to her talk about what she had learned during the programme and how she is considering a science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related (STEM) career showed the importance of exposing learners to STEM at a young age. This allows them to focus and make informed decisions on careers earlier on”, says Dr Mosia.
The National Science Week is South Africa’s countrywide celebration of STEM that is led by the Department of Science and Innovation in collaboration with NRF-SAASTA. This year the event was launched at Mangosuthu University of Technology (Umlazi Campus) on the 30 July 2022.
A range of science shows, workshops, exhibitions, webinars and lectures were held countrywide under the theme “Celebrating the role of basic sciences in the modern world”. It included both face-to-face and virtual events, which gave an opportunity for more people to participate in the festivities.
NSW forms part of NRF-SAASTA’s mandate to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of STEM in South Africa. “While NRF-SAASTA’s primary focus remains in engaging all learners, a focus of our interventions is also geared towards ensuring that girl learners, like Nokwazi, have the same opportunities as boy learners. In doing this, we are playing a part in addressing the shortage of women in STEM. We expose learners to careers in STEM, simultaneously providing role models that show the girls that they too can pursue such careers.”
This weaves well into the current Women’s Month global campaign, which the NRF celebrates under the theme Generation Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future, inspired by the UN Women’s long-held objective to achieve equality where all people have equal rights and opportunities.
In line with this, Dr Mosia further points out that NRF-SAASTA’s partners have expressed the need to enrol more girl learners in the various funded NRF-SAASTA programmes in hopes that this will further contribute to the increase of females who choose to pursue STEM, especially in rural areas where most of the partners operate.
The NRF-SAASTA leader’s advocacy of STEM, especially amongst young girls, partly stems from her own upbringing as she was fortunate enough to be raised by parents who believed in gender equality. “My parents treated me the same way they treated my brothers. As the only girl in the family, I had the same opportunities as my brothers and shared the same household chores. Today I am the most educated in my family, which would have not been possible in the past, especially in Black communities where girl children were not encouraged to study”, says Dr Mosia.
Dr Mosia believes that women are just as capable as men and should be given equal opportunities. “Sadly, women are still not recognised, especially in the workplace. I find it interesting that women make up an equal number, if not more than male graduates in some fields, but we still struggle to find more women in leadership positions. Society needs to evolve from the old culture of men being seen as leaders in all things. We need to value our differences, celebrate our strengths and use them accordingly for the good of society.
“Women in higher positions also have a duty to mentor those who are coming behind them. We cannot always blame men for some of the injustices we experience, especially in the workplace. If each one of us were to mentor and give opportunities to younger women it would go a long way in ensuring that more and more women advance in their careers”, concludes Mosia.
NRF Women’s Month 2022: Dr Mary-Jane Bopape
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