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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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)
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.
Peer-Learning for Emerging Researchers’ Knowledge and Advancement (PERKA) was a joint participatory research project focusing on support provided to early-career researchers in the post-PhD phase in Africa. Funded jointly by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, the project was implemented in collaboration with the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (CAS) at the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa.
The purpose of PERKA was to identify, analyse, document, and share the key lessons learned from CCNY’s investment in post-PhD support programmes in Africa. PERKA adopted a collaborative, participatory peer-learning approach to document and investigate partnership models for post-PhD support in Africa.
As a close-out event for the PERKA project, a high-level convening on early-career researcher development in the post-PhD phase was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 06 to 07 December 2022. Its aim was to facilitate conversations about the development of early-career researchers across Africa in the post-PhD phase. The high-point of the convening was the launch of a key output from the PERKA project – a set of guidelines for designing impactful post-PhD support programmes in Africa.
The two-day event included a keynote presentation by Prof Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). Prof Aryeetey shared his insights on the status of early-career researcher development in Africa and the lessons learnt from the ARUA experience, highlighting not only the challenges, but also the opportunities for strengthening programmes to support these researchers.
The six convening sessions also included facilitated conversations focusing on topics such as challenges and opportunities associated with the early-career research phase; the design, planning, and implementation of high-impact programmes; funding these programmes; and understanding the impact of post-PhD programmes via effective monitoring and evaluation.
Alumni who participated in the various PERKA programmes presented comparative case studies detailing their experiences as early-career researchers who benefitted from post-PhD support. These case studies were followed by facilitated question-and-answer sessions.
The PERKA guidelines were officially launched during the final session of the event on 07 December. The launch was led by key figures in the PERKA project, Prof Frans Swanepoel, PERKA Principal Investigator based at the University of Pretoria, and Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships and Acting Group Executive for Strategy, Planning, and Partnerships at the NRF.
The guidelines are based on the lessons learned from 10 African post-PhD support programmes and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centres of Excellence that ran concurrently over the past decade. They intend to provide guidance for and share the experiences of African programmes in implementing such initiatives, describe partnership models for funding, and provide action points and recommendations for enhancing post-PhD support across the continent.
The guidelines aim to serve multiple audiences, including science funders, development partners, higher education institutions, and networks who wish to implement impactful early-career researcher support programmes focused on the post-PhD phase, as well as the project teams responsible for implementing these programmes.
NRF and JST co-host the funders meeting for Africa-Japan collaborative research programme (AJ-CORE)
Received: NRF/SAASTA EDU/44/2022-2023
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