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
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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.
In an era of increased demand for impact on knowledge and innovation systems, networks among universities and science council are becoming an integral mechanism for enabling and increasing research, education, and innovation impact.
As part of an overarching agenda to increase STI collaboration between South Africa and Canada, the NRF, in partnership with the Canadian High Commission in South Africa, the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Universities South Africa (USAf), and the South African Embassy and Consulate-General’s office in Canada, hosted the South Africa-Canada Councils and Universities’ Network Week in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada during the week of 24 –-27 April 2023.
This ambitious engagement draws on complementary strengths of both South Africa and Canada. Among others, the visit was aimed at leveraging efforts from diplomatic missions, civil society organisations, learned societies and research agencies and ministries in both countries participating alongside institutions of higher education to advance a range of co-designed and mutually collaborative academic ventures. Among others, the Canadian institutions shared effective innovation ecosystems and practical approaches to scale industry-academic programmes.
The South African delegation consisted of 48 senior delegates representing four councils (NRF, Agricultural Research Council – ARC, Human Sciences Research Council- HSRC, and the SA Medical Research Council – SAMRC), university representatives of Vice-Chancellors and senior delegations from 21 South African universities, and Universities South Africa (USAf).
The councils meeting in Ottawa during 24 and 25 April 2023 leveraged additionality between Science Councils in South Africa and Canada, and included the [Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), as well as the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and mitacs. A joint meeting was led by the SSHRC President and CRCC Chairperson, Prof Ted Hewitt.
The engagements in Toronto during 24 – 27 April 2023, held during the Universities Canada Annual General meeting and the Ontario Council on University Research (OCUR) meetings, included visits to innovation hubs and programmes at York and Toronto universities among others. Speaking during the event, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, CEO of the NRF highlighted the need for increased coordination among institutions, through inter alia developing mechanisms that promote and support joint funding and programming between Canada and South Africa.
University and Council networks are an integral and important mechanisms for enabling and increasing South Africa’s research, education, and innovation impact. The announcement of the SA-Canada University Network (SACUN) will provide a critical pathway for leveraging resources for additionality, research excellence, skills development, as well as institutional excellence between South Africa and Canada.
Announcement of Successful Applications for Scarce Skills Honours Scholarships 2023
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