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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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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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.
The National Research Foundation bid awards and contracts. Below is the latest award.
As the world marks Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March, Professor Anneke C. Hesseling, who holds the DSI-NRF South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Paediatric Tuberculosis (TB), has shared insights into the strides being made to mitigate the burden of the disease among children in South Africa.
Professor Hesseling, also the director of the Stellenbosch University-based Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre and a renowned global expert on paediatric tuberculosis, points out that various research and other efforts are underway to root out existing barriers in detecting and treating TB among children in the country.
“South Africa is one of the high-burden countries for TB and HIV, but also for drug-resistant TB. The good news is that if you diagnose and treat someone, they can actually have a good outcome. The problem is that many infected children in South Africa are actually missed and not started on treatment,” says Professor Hesseling.
“We’re missing a lot of young children with TB. There are many missed opportunities to prevent and treat TB. One of the most important things, which is still not properly implemented, is contact tracing, contact management, and screening. We actually have a long way to go in South Africa. But I do think we have the political will and we’ve learnt many positive lessons from Covid-19 which could also be transferred to TB.”
Professor Hesseling is currently part of a national working group revising the South African TB guidelines, with specific emphasis on how to better diagnose the disease among children. “Once kids start treatment for most forms of TB, they do well. So, this case detection gap is something we’re really working on in South Africa,” she adds.
Another major research project in which Professor Hesseling is involved looked into the prevention of drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in children. Called TB-CHAMP, the study focused on almost 1000 children who shared the same home with a person with MDR-TB in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Matlosana. Says Professor Hesseling, “We will hopefully have the results to share with the world in quarter three of this year. That will be the first trial ever done to look at how to prevent drug-resistant TB. I think in terms of drug-resistant TB, prevention is always better than cure.”
An area that has seen strides is the type of drugs that can be used on TB-infected children. Professor Hesseling points out that research carried out locally “has really informed” World Health Organisation (WHO) policy on the use of TB drugs in children. “In March 2022, the WHO recommended that the dequaline (drug) can be used on children. The dequaline recommendation was actually based on the work we did in South Africa. Now children from baby to adolescent can access dequaline for the first time,” Professor Hesseling says.
“That’s good news because children can now access regimens that are better. But the question is, can we not do even better for children? Can we take four medicines and also treat children for only six months, just like adults? I think another area where progress has been made is medicines for children that are actually child friendly. We have a large project called Benefit Kids (a Unitaid-funded project aimed at contributing to reduced morbidity and mortality of children with MDR-TB through better access to improved prevention and treatment).”
The Covid-19 outbreak proved to be a worrying setback to South Africa’s efforts to reduce paediatric TB. Says Professor Hesseling, “What is quite sad is that Covid-19 had a very negative impact on TB care in general in South Africa. We haven’t fully recovered yet. Young children actually were the worst affected. We saw that only half the children were diagnosed during lockdown compared to when there was no lockdown. TB prevention in children really suffered due to Covid when a lot of resources were taken away from TB services. So, we are still seeing that one out of 10 people infected with TB are children, and we have a lot of TB transmission.”
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