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.
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Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Collaborative Funding Call
NRF BRICS Call Guideline
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF general masters scholarships for 2022 academic year
Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarships for 2022 Academic Year
PHILA Awards 2022
2022 JWO Research Grant Applications Now Open
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 order to ensure the growth of globally competitive researchers and highly qualified postgraduate students, state of the art research infrastructure is an essential requirement. The NRF brokers agreements to enable Access to Global Infrastructure (AGI) through collaboration and knowledge generation between local and global researchers. Global Infrastructure refers to the internationalisation of large-scale research infrastructures that have evolved to meet the scientific demands that extend further than the capability of individual countries or institutions in terms of scope, cost and complexity.
Support for access to global infrastructure is an essential mechanism for South African researchers to achieve international competitiveness in knowledge generation, innovation and human capital development. Such access is provided through membership and/or collaboration agreements between South Africa and the particular institution managing a particular research infrastructure facility. These include the: the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.),
CERN is a European research organisation that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. The NRF, acting through its National Facility iThemba LABS, was appointed by the Department of Science and Innovation to host the SA-CERN programme. The SA-CERN Consortium was launched in December 2008 and since then, the SA-CERN collaboration has contributed to the formation of a South African research partnership, effectively creating a distributed research laboratory across SA, and to the establishment of a grid computational network linking all physics institutes. The SA-CERN consortium continues to strengthen the local research community by creating links between all research institutes and academia in South Africa and the rest of the world.
The SA-CERN programme gives South African researchers and postgraduate students access to the largest open research facility in the world. South African researchers and postgraduate students participate in a SA-CERN Theory Group and in three experiments in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, namely:
The JINR is an independent, multinational research agency located in Dubna, Russian Federation. The JINR conducts both theoretical and practical research, mainly in the fields of elementary particle physics, nuclear physics and condensed matter physics. South Africa holds associate membership status via a bilateral agreement signed between the Institute and the Department of Science and Innovation.
Through the JINR Agreement, the NRF organises the annual student practice, which is customarily held during September to October of each year. The goal of the Summer School is to build a critical mass of student cohorts that can later advance in research in the various nuclear research activities offered by JINR to the benefit of South Africa. Students doing science in any of the following disciplines: maths, physics, chemistry and biological sciences are encouraged to apply. The programme deliberately targets students from the previously disadvantaged backgrounds, and particularly those from the Historically Disadvantaged Institutions. Furthermore, travel grants are awarded to emerging and established researchers travelling to JINR labs or requesting funding to host JINR research experts for a short period in South Africa in order to enrich local expertise in their field.
The ESRF is a joint research facility situated in Grenoble, France, and supported by 22 countries. It is the world's brightest synchrotron and provides the international scientific community with unprecedented tools to study materials and living matter.The NRF established a contractual arrangement with ESRF for the use of the ESRF facility as a research platform that will provide essential synchrotron infrastructural capacity for the generation of internationally competitive science and technology outputs.
Among the strategic objectives of the arrangement between the NRF and the ESRF are to provide the South African research community with access to world-class research infrastructure facilities and to develop the capacity in South Africa for the use of hard X-ray synchrotron light sources such as the ones presently available at the ESRF. In terms of the agreement, users of the ESRF from South Africa have the same right of access to scheduled beam time and support services at the ESRF and the same obligations as users from other contracting party countries in line with the ESRF review processes. The agreement allows South African researchers access to a maximum of 0.33% of beam time at the ESRF.
H.E.S.S. is the world's leading ground-based very-high-energy gamma-ray observatory located south-west of Windhoek, Namibia. It is a system of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes (IACT) for the investigation of cosmic gamma rays in the photon energy range of 0.03 to 100 TeV. South Africa participates in the H.E.S.S. gamma ray telescope through the SA-GAMMA pogramme, and will continue to do so until the next generation instrument, the Cherenkov Array (CTA), is constructed in Chile. SA-GAMMA is a consortium of South African Universities and research institutions, which engage in research in the fields of gamma-ray astronomy and high-energy astrophysics.
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