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.
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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.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) renewed their science and technology cooperation agreement at a signing ceremony at the NRF in Pretoria on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.
The two countries originally signed the cooperative agreement in 1996, and have, over the years, supported research and development projects in agricultural sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, physical sciences and health sciences. The top 10 areas of joint research output between the two countries are Physics and Astronomy, Medicine, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Agricultural and Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, Immunology and Microbiology and Multidisciplinary Research.
The partnership with DAAD promotes academic, scientific and technological cooperation to jointly supports and implements the “NRF-DAAD Joint Scholarship Programme” for South African postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral students registered at South African public universities. The NRF-DAAD Joint Scholarship Programme is part of the overall DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme. The NRF and DAAD concluded an agreement for postgraduate student support in 2014 to fund a new intake of 50 Master’s and 50 Doctoral students per annum for two years, i.e. the 2015 and 2016 academic years. A renewal agreement was signed in 2016 for a further intake of 60 Master’s and 60 Doctoral students for two years during 2017 and 2018. This agreement was amended in February 2021 to align funding for the 2021 cohort to the new scholarship values as per the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Funding Policy.
Over the years this support has significantly increased the quantity and quality of Master’s and Doctorate production in the country. The NRF and DAAD award 80% of the scholarships to students in STEM disciplines and 20% in Social Studies and Humanities.
Says Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, CEO of the NRF, “There is need to develop effective funding opportunities that promote international mobility. For instance, the NRF Global Knowledge Partnership Programme aims to support early career researchers funded by the NRF to spend 3-18 months at international universities or research institutions. It is anticipated that this in turn will result in, accelerated career pathways through improved academic rigour and competitiveness; enhanced international partnerships for emerging researchers, including secondary networks introduced by the international partner; and increased mentorship/supervision capacity for emerging researchers.”
“A combination of global and regional networks such as those supported by DAAD, provide an enabling opportunity framework for the programme. I am delighted that this discussion between the NRF and DAAD is ongoing.”
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NRF Science Matters Magazine Vol4 Issue2
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