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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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND RATING – 2024
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Call for Applications: Globalink Research Award Thematic Call
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.
Energy transition presents an opportunity for stakeholders in various sectors to respond to energy, socio-economic and environmental challenges in a sustainable and inclusive way. In response to the need to develop practical research programmes and partnerships to support South Africa’s energy transition, Sasol and the National Research Foundation (NRF) hosted the first Research Summit on Energy Transition on Tuesday, 11 October 2022. The summit, held at Sasol’s head office in Johannesburg, brought together experts, leaders and specialists from academia, research performing entities, Government, industry, and other stakeholders.
Among other things, the summit explored critical gaps and challenges that hinder the effective implementation of practical, scalable, and measurable national and/or sectoral research responses, strategies, and programmes. To better respond and contribute to the energy transition agenda, the summit focused on how best to effectively enable a focused national research effort.
Acknowledging the need for an energy transition, Sasol’s President and CEO, Fleetwood Grobler, said “Although green hydrogen is not yet cost competitive, Sasol is advancing efforts across multiple fronts to develop the skills and understanding necessary to exploit fully the opportunity green hydrogen could offer. Through research, collaboration, and the learning-through-doing that real projects provide, Sasol is rapidly advancing its capabilities in these new areas.”
Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the internationalHydrogen Council, presented a detailed overview of the hydrogen economy. “For South Africa to attain the goals of the energy transition,” he said, “there is a need to avoid duplication within system, not to waste time, not to focus on the wrong things and the need to make the biggest contribution in the best way, as quickly as possible.”
The NRF’s CEO Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo said, “The partnership between the NRF and Sasol and the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is not only playing a key role in accelerating the co-creation of knowledge for impact and skills development, addressing the critical energy challenges, but also showcasing the value of an effective partnership within the innovation ecosystem.”
“Research institutions, funders and industry actors all have a critical role to play in supporting the effort towards a sustainable and just energy transition. Research institutions such as universities are critical for training and for the development of innovative solutions, and also play a key role in providing evidence-based information and advice to decision-makers in both the private and public sectors.”
Speaking on behalf of the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC), Executive Director, Dr Crispian Olver, highlighted the importance of the Just Transition Framework in fulfilling South Africa’s green energy transition. He underlined the need for increased funding to support the just energy transition, which will require the joint efforts of the private sector, domestic savings, public funding, development partners and philanthropic capital. Mr Simon Baloyi, Executive Vice President for Sasol’s Energy Operations, added that South Africa’s energy transition needs to be systematic, accountable, paced and informed by good research and development policy strategies and frameworks.
The discussions concluded by identifying potential approaches for Sasol and the NRF to consider in response to just energy transition challenges and opportunities. This includes enabling effective knowledge-sharing across the broader research community, aligning research focus areas and key challenges, and finding ways to promote stronger multi-disciplinary and international collaboration.
To date, Sasol and the NRF have collectively invested more than R150 million in industry-linked research and innovation projects in the next five years. These include collaborative research and skills development projects; Research Chairs in Power System Modelling and Green Hydrogen; and a tailored, postdoctoral Fellowship programme. Working with key stakeholders, both organisations intend to expand the scope and investment of this initiative. In addition, through a partnership with Sasol Foundation Trust, the NRF and Sasol have supported almost 400 students in STEM fields over the last 10 years.
NRF participates in global review of sex, gender, and diversity analysis
The NRF and HSRC sign historic Memorandum of Agreement
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