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…
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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-SAEON out to Improve Gender Equality in Environmental Sciences
The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), a long-term environmental observation and research facility of the National Research Foundation, is involved in a number of programmes tipped to contribute to gender equality in academia.
These programmes include the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR), and Women in Biodiesel – a project aiming to support the establishment of 10 women-owned or managed biodiesel enterprises in South Africa. Dr Mary-Jane Bopape, Managing Director of NRF-SAEON, explains that SARIR and Women in Biodiesel are programmes implemented in partnership with other institutions, including universities.
Launched by the Department of Science and Innovation in 2016, SARIR is a high-level strategic programme intended to ensure the availability of the necessary infrastructure for the country’s researchers.
“We are very excited to be hosting three of the 13 SARIR programmes within NRF-SAEON. These will indeed make it possible for NRF-SAEON to empower women researchers,” says Dr Bopape.The Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure (SMCRI) is the most mature of the three SAEON-SARIR infrastructure programmes at this stage.
There were already good numbers of women students using the SMCRI infrastructure.“Of the 173 students (Honours to postdoctoral) that used SMCRI platforms, 75% were from designated groups with more than 60% of the students being female,” Dr Bopape says.
“The figures for 2021/22 indicated that more than 92% of SMCRI students were from designated groups with 65% being female, showing that our trajectory of student diversity is on the right track to transform the marine science community. In terms of staff employed at SMCRI, 80% are from designated groups of which 53% are women.”
The Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON), NRF-SAEON’s second SARIR infrastructure programme, is in its initial stages of recruitment.
“Six landscapes have been identified following rigorous engagements, landscape proposals writing and workshops, and the review process. Each of the sites will have a landscape scientist, a field technician, a biodiversity technician and a social-ecological systems technician,” says Bopape.
The South African Polar Research Institute (SAPRI), a third programme, is in its beginning stages. “We now have a coordinator from the designated groups who joined the organisation in July. We will be recruiting more administrators and scientists,” Dr Bopape says.
NRF-SAEON has completed the functionality modelling for the Women in Biodiesel project, a task it undertook. The modelling will enable 10 women-owned or managed entry biodiesel groups to collect used oil from major restaurants.
Says Dr Bopape: “The Women in Biodiesel project aims to leverage the waste stream that results from the food industry and establish decentralised black women-owned biodiesel enterprises to increase (renewable) energy access and gender transformation in South Africa.
“The NRF-SAEON team developed a spatial logistical modelling platform that allows business owners to optimise their spatial logistics by selecting focal locations for collecting used cooking oil to convert into biodiesel.
“The spatial logistical information from the Women in BioDiesel case study has been disseminated to franchise owners, and now the next stage is for the franchise owners to use the spatial logistical information to develop partnerships and offtake agreements with used cooking oil producers within their target regions.”
NRF-SAEON has achieved gender equality in terms of postgraduate student funding. It is funding 63 environmental sciences students in the current financial year, and Dr Bopape adds that “57% of them are female and of the total females, 64 % are black”.
Dr Bopape points out that the environmental sciences faced transformation and gender equality challenges common across its sister science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Across the STEM institutions, it is common to find many females in the lower ranks, but they become fewer as one climbs the ladder, Dr Bopape says. “For example, of the established coastal scientists using our research platforms, only 53% are from designated groups and of these only 48% are female scientists,” she adds.
“The NRF is working hard at transforming the National System of Innovation as can be seen by the transformation in the student numbers. There is more that still needs to be done to increase the number of women in science and in leadership positions. Setting transformation targets in the Annual Performance Plans is therefore of paramount importance because it allows us to track change, and where there is no progress corrective measures need to be put in place.”
For its part, NRF-SAEON is prioritising transformation internally. More than 50% of its support staff are female. “In terms of where we are at with our current numbers, 46% of our scientists are women, which is right at the average level of South Africa according to the 2022 South Africa STI indicators report,” says Dr Bopape.
“This implies that we have a number of strong female role models within NRF-SAEON who are mentoring not only female but also male emerging researchers.”
NRF Women’s Month 2022: Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia
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