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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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND RATING – 2024
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Call for Applications: Globalink Research Award Thematic Call
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.
Professor Refilwe Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya (PhD, PGD (Epi), MSc (Epi), is an Epidemiologist and Public health scientist; she studied at the University of Limpopo and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is the Director of the first and newly established South African Medical Research Council/University of Johannesburg Pan African Centre for Epidemics Research (PACER) Extramural Unit and a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg. She is also a MSc Reproductive Biology and Reproductive Health MSc Lecturer (Epidemiology) at the Pan African University of Life and Earth Sciences Institute, African Union. Further, she serves as a mentor for the DHET Future Professors Programme, Phase II. Professor Phaswana-Mafuya was coronated as the Queen Mother of Research and Development by the Abeadze Traditional Council of the Abeadze State, Ghana in August 2022.
Preceding this, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the North West University, acting Executive Director, Research Director and Chief Research Manager at the HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Research Programme of Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) for nearly 13 years, as well as Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor of the SAHARA Journal.
Prof Phaswana-Mafuya has worked to better understand the epidemiology of HIV SA and Sub-Saharan Africa for almost 20 years and in the last 10 years she paid particular attention to marginalized populations that are at higher risk for HIV acquisition and transmission. When COVID-19 hit, she played a leading role in conducting ground-breaking COVID-19 studies together with her collaborators. She chaired the 9th SA AIDS Conference in 2019, the second largest medical meeting in the world. She is also a member of Dira Sengwe AIDS Conferences; Higher Health Board; Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) Council, and the NRF Board as well as a Scientific Advisory Committee member of the African Health Research Institute; expert panelist at the International Expert Panel on Infectiology of the German Research Foundation; African-German Research Networks for Health Innovations in SSA; and member of the World Congress of Epidemiology 2024 Local Organizing Committee.
She is an NRF-rated scientist and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa; the African Academy of Sciences (AAS); and the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OSWD). She recently authored an inspirational empowerment book on her career journey entitled Vision Never Dies #1, learning curves from my non-linear career journey from village girl to award-winning fighter of pandemics. In 2017, she was awarded the NSTF TW Nkambule Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Science, Technology and Engineering, 15 years after completion of her PhD. She and was featured in Fair Lady Magazine (2022) and Dialogue Magazine (2022) as one of the world-class women scientists.
Prof Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya serves as a member of the Research Development Committee.
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