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)
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
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 General Honours Scholarships 2023_July
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Call for Proposals: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Japan International Cooperation Agency Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
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.
On 30 June 2022, the Minister in the Presidency, Mr Mondli Gungubele, officially launched the first edition of the South Africa Covid-19 Country Report during an event hosted at the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) offices in Pretoria. The study, aimed at measuring interventions adopted by Government in partnership with social partners to manage, respond to and combat the spread of Covid-19, was commissioned by the South African Government through the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), the Government Technical Advisory (GTAC) and the NRF.
During the event, the Minister noted that the immediate value of the research was derived during the research process, wherein a space was provided for interactions among the researchers and practitioners from various disciplines and capacities to build the South African narrative on the Covid-19. The Minister further acknowledged the contributions made by the researchers in partnership with GTAC, NRF and the DPME in producing the report. The Minister highlighted that “The South African Government will forever be grateful to all who have been on the frontline every single day fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.” Speaking during the event, Dr Beverley Damonse, Group Executive: Science Engagement at the NRF, stressed the need for increased partnerships between government and academics, noting that it is only through mutual collaboration across multiple sectors and regions, that we can effectively respond to the many challenges faced by society. The critical need for increased partnership between academia and government was further highlighted by Ms Ronette Engela, acting CEO of GTAC.
As part of the initiative, more than 80 experts from multiple disciplines participated in developing the report. The initiative brought together over 30 institutions, including universities, research councils, academies, private sector, and government entities from South Africa and beyond. A series of validation workshops were hosted for the experts to share early findings and solicit inputs from a wider audience comprising of stakeholders from relevant sectors. All the chapters were also peer reviewed by subject matter experts from academia and government. The report was further tabled to Governance, State Capacity, and Institutional Development (GSCID) DG Cluster International Cooperation, Trade and Security (ICTS) Cluster, the Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD), as part of the consultive process.
The First Edition of the Covid-19 Country Report covers the first and second waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, from March 2020 to March 2021.
Click here to view the report.
Youth Participation in the Adolescent and Youth Health Policy in South Africa
The Appointment of a Service Provider to provide cleaning services for a period of five years at the National Research Foundation premises in Brummeria, Pretoria
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