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.
PDP Postdoctoral Fellowship Nominations for 2022
Deadline for nominations: 31 January 2022
Opening Date: Monday, 13 December, 2021
Closing Date: Monday, 31 January, 2022
The National Research Foundation (NRF) invites Science Councils, National Facilities and Public research-performing institutions to nominate postdoctoral fellows for the PDP for the 2022 academic year. The objectives of the PDP are to:
The eligibility criteria for PDP Postdoctoral fellows is as follows:
The eligibility criteria for the PDP Postdoctoral mentors is as follows:
The PDP programme has showed underperformance in attaining the Ministerial Guidelines targets of 80% Black and 55% women for PDP postdoctoral fellows. Nominations that will be approved for the 2022 academic year will thus prioritise Black and females to align with the Ministerial Guidelines on equity and redress.
With the available budget, approximately thirty (30) new PDP postdoctoral awards will be made for the 2022 academic year. The value of the PDP postdoctoral fellowship for 2022 shall be a maximum of R350 000.00 per annum over a three year period and this amount will be taxable.
All successful Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to complete and submit to the NRF the following:
Host institutions and principal investigators will be expected to contribute towards training costs, travel costs and running expenses in addition to providing the necessary infrastructure and mentorship of the PDP fellow.
Nominations must be made on the attached nomination spreadsheet for consideration by the NRF. A maximum number of six (6) nominations may be submitted to the NRF per research institution and the proposed postdoctoral fellow must only be nominated once per research institution, including those institutions with multiple campuses.
The submission deadline for nominations is 31 January 2022 for funding in the 2022 academic year.
Deadline for take up of awards is within two (2) months from the date of receiving the award letter. No extensions will be granted, including for nominated candidates who fail to complete their doctoral degree by the deadline date.
Completed nomination spreadsheets must be submitted to Ms Sphumelele Duma via email on ST.Duma@risa.nrf.ac.za
Should you have any queries with regard to the invitation requirements, please contact:
Ms Sphumelele DumaProfessional Officer – Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD) Telephone: 012 481 4051; E-mail: ST.Duma@risa.nrf.ac.za ; or
Ms Queen MohohomaProfessional Officer – Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)Telephone: 012 481 4392 E-mail: PQ.Mohohoma@risa.nrf.ac.za
Award for Bid Ref: NRF/CORP RISD/13/2021-22
Call for Pre-proposals – Dutch Research Council (NWO) and National Research Foundation (NRF)
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