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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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
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Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
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Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Honours Scholarships In 2023
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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.
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 Brings Gender Parity in Astronomy Under the Spotlight
Gender transformation in the field of South African astronomy hinges on sustainable, innovative interventions, says Pontsho Maruping, Deputy Managing Director: Operations and Business Processes, at the National Research Foundation’s South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRF-SARAO).
“I firmly believe that there is a need to find innovative ways to support female astronomers and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) throughout the progression of their careers.”
“In terms of support programmes for women, it does not seem as though starting a career in astronomy and astrophysical research is difficult,” says Maruping. “However, it is the continued support along their career trajectories that is an issue.”
Maruping finds that this shortcoming in sustained support for female astronomers impedes their progression at both postgraduate and professional levels. “For instance, you’ll find almost equal representation at undergraduate level at universities but at some point along their career paths, women seem to disappear,” she says. “There are gaps where their career growth seems not to continue in the same way and with the same velocity as it does for their male counterparts. So, you generally find that in senior positions we end up with more males than females.
“I believe at junior levels we currently see growth. But I do see that, in general, the numbers get skewed when you take a closer look at the professional level,” she says.
NRF-SARAO is advancing gender transformation through its programme of Human Capital Development (HCD). Initiated in 2005, the programme awards scholarships, grants and Fellowships for science, engineering and technical studies. The HCD transformation policy dictates that 100% of the undergraduate scholarships must be awarded to South African students with 90% of the awardees being Black (African, Coloured and Indian) and 50% being women. The HCD scholarships, grants and Fellowships are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. A total of 1 357 have been awarded to date – numbers which are set to grow ahead of the 2023 academic year.
NRF-SARAO absorbs a number of the graduates supported through its HCD programme. “NRF-SARAO has been running a graduate internship programme for years now,” says Maruping. “We take new graduates and give them three-year contracts where they work at NRF-SARAO and mentored by professionals in their fields. They are also supported in their efforts to obtain their higher degrees, whether it be Master’s or PhD. They receive a bursary and a job that pays them while they study.”
The HCD, started after the awarding of the South African portion of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in 2012, is contributing to the racial and gender transformation unfolding in South Africa’s astronomy landscape. According to Maruping, more innovative, gender-specific support programmes would help improve transformation and gender equity in this area. “We’ve issued more than a thousand bursaries through the HCD programme over recent years. Some of them are in engineering, but a large proportion are in astronomy. Unfortunately, at this stage, there are still more men in astronomy than women.”
“It augurs well for astronomy and transformation of the field that the number of astronomy Doctoral graduates has grown over the last 15 years,” says Maruping. “There were about 60 astronomers in South Africa with Doctorates 15 years ago. Now, there are more than 200 in the country, many of which are women. Some of these have become lead researchers in astronomy studies and have published papers as lead researchers.”
“I think there’s movement, but as with everything else, when it comes to diversity and transformation, the progress is slower than it should be,” she adds.
NRF advancing women in science
2022 TUT POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP CALL
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