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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DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
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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.
In October 2021, Prof Olga Lompo and Prof Samira Ouédraogo officially started implementing research and training activities under the O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative (ORTARChI) at Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo (UJKZ) in Burkina Faso, the first ever research chair awarded to a Francophone country.
This research chair was awarded using a co-chair model. In addition, the NRF partnered directly with its sister agency in Burkina Faso, the Fonds National de la Recherche et de l’Innovation pour le Developpement (FONRID), to lead ORTARChI implementation in Burkina Faso.
One year later, an implementation plan has been finalised and research ethics approved. Scientific and technical officers to support the chair have been recruited. Office and laboratory space has been provisioned by the university.
In addition, five PhD and five masters students, as well as one postdoctoral fellow have been recruited. The cohort of students have benefitted from a series of preparatory courses offered through the chair in research methodology, literature review, scientific publishing, data management and the English language.
With a focus on the five most diagnosed cancers in Burkina Faso, cervical, breast, liver, prostate and child cancers, this research chair is contributing to improving the accuracy of data collected by the country’s cancer registries. This work has commenced with Yalgado Ouédraogo Teaching Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Burkina Faso as the pilot site.
The research programme is also designed to describe the therapeutic trajectory of cancer patients in Burkina Faso and develop evidence-based strategies aimed at improving the quality of care, patient survival, and quality of life.
In September 2022, the chair hosted a conference on cancer screening that was attended by researchers, policymakers, industry, and practitioners in Francophone Africa, with the aim of sharing experiences in cancer screening.
To ensure sustainability of the chair, the leadership of Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo have recently finalised a five-year strategic plan that outlines the university’s strategic and operational support to the chair. It also indicates the desire to leverage the chair to deepen the university’s internationalisation strategy, in both Anglophone and Francophone Africa.
The O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative (ORTARChI) combine political, development and higher education objectives. It aims to honour a leading figure in the development of African unity; have a catalytic impact on the development of research infrastructure in recipient countries; and contribute to knowledge production and high-end skills in alignment with AU Agenda 2063 and STISA 2024. Ten (10) O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs across seven countries namely, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia have been awarded. The NRF and South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) with core partners, the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have partnered with NRF sister agencies in the seven countries and the universities to implement the initiative.
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