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.
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.
Johannesburg, South Africa – In the face of critical energy insecurities and environmental challenges, the South African government, private sector, civil society, and communities are joining forces to develop and implement comprehensive interventions and policies. These initiatives aim to address these energy challenges while prioritising sustainability.
To contribute to these efforts, Sasol and the National Research Foundation (NRF) granted funding in 2022, awarded grants to a group of Research Chairs and Postdoctoral Fellows. Their primary objective is to conduct research in clean and sustainable energy, to conduct research in clean and sustainable energy developing innovations, approaches, knowledge, practices, and tools to tackle energy-related issues and environmental concerns while also exploring opportunities.
The Research Chair programme is part of a larger endeavour to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities. As a collaborative effort, a kick-off event was recently held in Sasolburg, Free State from 27-28 June 2023, where participating researchers shared their learning and experiences on projects, fostered synergies, and exchanged insights and experiences with support from Sasol technical expertise.
These research activities are strategically aligned to national objectives, including the Department of Science and Innovation’s White Paper on Science, Technology, and Innovation, as well as the Hydrogen Society Roadmap. These outline national ambitions and sector prioritisation in advancing the hydrogen economy. Moreover, the partnership aims to foster industry knowledge, innovation, and skills development for postdoctoral fellows involved.
“The NRF and Sasol are excited to be playing a leading role in supporting and developing industry focused research and industry-ready professionals that will directly contribute to addressing energy challenges in South Africa and the region,” said Dr Sepo Hachigonta, Director: Strategic Partnerships at the NRF.
Highlighting the common goal of the Sasol-NRF collaboration, Dr Molise Mokhadinyana, Acting Vice President: Science Research at Sasol Research and Technology stated, “This collaboration between our organisation and the NRF exemplifies our common goal of pushing the country’s knowledge generation, innovation, and skill development to new heights. This partnership, in collaboration with you all, will cultivate an environment in which ideas and creativity can flourish, leading to breakthroughs that will benefit society as a whole.”
The Sasol-NRF Research Chairs focusing on Energy and Power Systems Modelling, and Green Hydrogen are designed to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity of public universities, and to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation within the energy sector. Concurrently, the Postdoctoral Innovation Programme Fellowships aim to develop relevant long-term capacity in energy transition and sustainability at Sasol’s research facilities in Sasolburg spanning a duration of up to two years. The programme encompasses research areas such as Green Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Waste Utilisation towards a Circular Economy, Air Quality Assessment, Fischer-Tropsch Catalysis for Power-to-Liquids Applications, and In-situ Characterisation of Catalysts.
Sasol and the NRF will continue to collaborate on tailored programmes to support outstanding research that provides a scientific solution to South Africa’s energy crisis. For more information about the Sasol-NRF Research Chairs and Postdoctoral Innovation Fellowships, please visit our website: here.
For enquiries, please send an email to Refilwe Mashigo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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