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…
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.
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In Africa, while Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science applications in research are rapidly advancing, significant gaps and challenges still exist. Limited access to high-quality data, inadequate infrastructure, policy ecosystem and the need for capacity building are some of the hurdles that the continent needs to overcome.
The Science for Africa Foundation (SFA Foundation), in collaboration with the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) hosted by the National Research Foundation (NRF), held an AI & Data Science policy convening aiming to address the critical policy gaps in AI and Data Science within the context of global health. The convening, titled “Bridging Policy Gaps for AI and Data Science in Global Health: A Pan-African Perspective,” took place in Pretoria, South Africa, bringing together leading experts, policymakers, researchers, civil society, public entities, and stakeholders from the 16 SADC countries. The Pretoria event was the first in a series of five workshops being held across the regions of Africa to map the country and regional policy gaps in AI and data science and to identify the R&D goals of AI and opportunities for global health from an African perspective.
Dr Uzma Alam, Senior Programme Officer and lead of Science Policy Engagement for Africa at the SFA Foundation, said: “The convening aims to advance policy discussions ensuring that Africa sets its own standards for how it wants AI and data science governed. This includes ensuring the responsible and ethical use of AI and data science technologies for positive impact in Africa. It will serve as a catalyst for transformative research collaborations and generate knowledge that addresses Africa’s most pressing health challenges.”
Africa faces numerous health challenges thus, leveraging AI and data sciences has the potential to revolutionise healthcare delivery including point-of-care, diagnosis and advancing research based on real-time data to improve patient outcomes and inform evidence-based decision-making. However, the development and implementation of effective policies in these areas remain critical.
The objectives of the convenings are to:
Dr Nokuthula Mchunu, Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships at the African Open Science Platform, emphasised the significance of AI and data sciences in genomics research, stating, “The integration of AI and data science in genomics has the potential to unlock valuable insights into the genetic basis of diseases prevalent in Africa. By leveraging these technologies, we can accelerate the discovery of novel treatments and interventions, paving the way for more personalised and effective healthcare.”
Dr Uzma Alam added by highlighting the role of AI and data science in pandemics and clinical trials, saying, “In the face of global health emergencies like pandemics, AI and data science have game-changing potential in predicting outbreaks, tracking the spread of diseases, and supporting the response by harnessing these tools and fostering collaborative research efforts, we can enhance Africa’s preparedness and response to future health crises. “
The AI and data sciences convenings also aim to foster collaborations and to inform the development of robust policies that will propel Africa to the forefront of AI and data-driven research in global health.
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