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.
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Over 60 esteemed researchers from African and European countries have concluded a workshop in which they discussed ways to strengthen international collaboration. Themed “Strengthening scientific collaboration between Europe and Africa”, the workshop was held at the Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria, from 17 to 20 October 2022.
The workshop was hosted by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), in collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) of South Africa with the aim of strengthening dialogue and collaboration between European and African scientists to better respond to socio-economic challenges at local and global levels.
In his opening address, NRF CEO Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo said the workshop resulted from high level engagements that have been happening since October 2021. “I’m very excited to see the rapid progress in the implementation of the partnership programmes between France and South Africa, but most importantly between France and a number of African countries. This is a very clear indication of the urgency and seriousness that all parties and stakeholders have placed on the collective approaches in education and research activities within the two continents.”
Dr Nelwamondo added, “We are aware of the increasing demand of science to re-demonstrate relevance, and we can do this by showing the relevant outcomes and impact. This basically means that the better translation of research into outcomes that transform society is a key function of a research system across the globe, but perhaps not effective yet in developing countries. Part of the conversation that we need to have is around how we ensure that we can translate the fundamental science into something that makes an impact on society.”
Ludovic Cocogne, Counsellor for Cooperation at the French Embassy, pointed out that the workshop flows from the scientific cooperation agreement that exists between France and South Africa. First signed in 1995, it was renewed in May 2021 during France President Emmanuel Macron’s State visit to South Africa. “The scientific cooperation between South Africa and France is multipurpose and very active and CNRS, France’s research organisation which ranks among the world’s leading research institutions, is leading the country’s drive to improve international scientific collaboration”.
Professor Alain Schuhl, CNRS Deputy CEO for Science, told the researchers his organisation launched its strategy for developing scientific collaboration with Africa a year ago, after a two-year planning and preparation. Prof Schuhl said, “We are engaged in a long-term strategy. We want to support and encourage equitable and sustainable cooperation.” He also insisted on the importance of flexible cooperations such as the ones pushed by the CNRS and the NRF that are not only institutional but also give a large place to new developments in science, networking and the facilitation of joint applications for competitive research grants.
“The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated that the importance of cross-border scientific collaboration cannot be understated”, said Vinny Pillay, Chief Director at the DSI. “Scientific collaboration is more necessary now because the world faces various emerging problems”. Said Pillay: “We’ve seen during the Covid pandemic that no country alone has been able to have the resources, intellectual capital, vaccinations, technologies and innovations to address the problem. We’ve seen the role that science and technology and innovation has played. But of course, as we move forward, we have seen this multitude of challenges that we are facing. I don’t think more than any time in our lives than right now have we faced such pressing challenges, whether it is around energy, climate change, or health.”
The plenary sessions were dedicated to present and discuss of the recent development and trends in research in Africa, potential funding opportunities for collaborative research between Africa and Europe, and regional advances on Open Science.
Attendees were divided into five two-day thematic sessions, where they discussed topics such as Energies of the Future, Marine Sciences, Sustainable Engineering for Bio-based Products, Sustainability of Socio-Ecosystems, and Mathematics of Planet Earth. In addition to the definition of joint scientific priorities, their discussions focused in particular on various constraints to be overcome in order to develop effective international collaborations, provide them with a favourable environment and finance them. During the closing session, the 5 groups came up with ideas to improve collaboration in their scientific domains. A specific session was also devoted to early carrier scientists whose expectations towards international scientific cooperation were also presented during workshop closure day.
Closing the workshop, Prof Alain Schuhl expressed his interest in taking the work carried out during the two-day parallel sessions to the next level. He underlined the importance for the scientists present to communicate on their needs and make concrete suggestions on how to enhance their new collaborations.
NRF’s Acting Group Executive, Dr Aldo Stroebel, urged the scientists to take advantage of funding and research collaboration opportunities that exist. He said, “While it is not always smooth sailing for African researchers, there are many positive developments. Initiatives such as the workshop, funding growth in Africa and stronger research institutions are among these positives.” Added Stroebel: “There are many opportunities currently and we are aware of them – programmes that are running, that are co-funded between the partners (participating) here and many others on the continent. Please be aware of the opportunities. Do not hesitate to collaborate.”
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