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
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.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Brian Warner, a distinguished astronomer whose contributions to South African research in the field of astronomy have been immeasurable.
Born in Crawley Down in England, Prof Warner obtained his BSc and PhD from the esteemed University College London. His early research focused on stellar spectroscopy and the abundances of late-type stars and Barium stars, establishing him as a respected authority in the field.
Prof Warner came to South Africa in 1972 where he established the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town. He also introduced high-speed photoelectric photometry in South Africa at the time of the creation of the Sutherland observing station of the South African Astronomical Observatory (NRF-SAAO). He became the very first observer on the newly established 20-inch reflector in Sutherland even before the formal opening of the site in 1973.
Indeed, the historical strength and global visibility of the South African astronomical community in the study of high-time domain astrophysics, which continues to date, links back to Prof Warner’s pioneering work in high speed photometry and cataclysmic variables over the years that followed. He trained and mentored generations of South African astronomers and his work propelled him to international recognition, becoming the foremost expert in his field and receiving numerous accolades and awards which are testament to his outstanding scholarship. Throughout his active research career, he maintained an NRF A-rating, symbolising his exceptional contributions to the advancement of knowledge.
Prof Warner made other significant contributions to South African astronomy over his long and remarkable academic career, representing the field at national and international levels. As Vice President of the International Astronomical Union from 2003 to 2009, he played a pivotal role in the rapid growth of South African astronomy, including the construction of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the successful bid for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Prof Warner’s influential presence extended to the Academy of Science of South Africa, where he was a founding member and recipient of the Science for Society Gold Medal in 2004. Additionally, he received the John F.W. Herschel Medal from the Royal Society of South Africa and the Gill Medal from the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa. Outside of astronomy, Prof Warner had an all-around academic interest in the natural world, including the history of science and classical music, and published two books of poems on natural history.
Let us cherish his memory and remain committed to his legacy in pursuit of excellence in astronomy and beyond.
The Integrated Regional Observation Carbon-Climate Constraints Workshop
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