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:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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)
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
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.
Following 12 years of exceptional service to the NRF, we bid a fond farewell to the National Research Foundation’s Deputy CEO of Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA), Dr Gansen Pillay, as he retires on the 31st of January 2022.
I have worked closely with Dr Pillay since April 2021 and recognise that his consistent dedication to the NRF has played a significant role in where the organisation is today. Testament to this is, amongst others, the benefits realised through his leadership of the transformation of the RISA investment portfolio and grant-making system in response to ongoing changes and challenges in our environment; a focus on transformation of the NRF-funded research workforce; enhanced internationalisation of research; and the building of positive stakeholder relationships, especially with our university communities. We thank Gansen for his immensely valuable contribution to the NRF, and the tremendous difference he has made in the Science System over these past 12 years. He has shown by example that excellence is something to aim for and achieve.
Dr Pillay is succeeded by Dr Eugene Lottering and both colleagues have worked closely in the last month to ensure a smooth handover.
Dr Lottering is a seasoned business executive, having previously served as Managing Director of Specpharm Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He also serves as a Scientific Advisor on Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has served on the Boards of several organisations including being the Chairperson of the HealthiChoices (Pty) Ltd.
Prior to this, he was an Executive Director of the NRF and the CEO of the National Innovation Fund, a precursor to what is today known as the Technology Innovation Agency.
We are confident that, with his experience, Dr Lottering will advance NRF research and innovation support, and we look forward to working with him as a valued member of our team.
Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, PhDChief Executive Officer, NRF
Minister Nzimande welcomes South Africa’s hosting of NASA-funded Hazardous Asteroid Tracking Telescope
The Belmont Forum, Future Earth and Future Africa have launched their call for session proposals for the SRICongress 2022!
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