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:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and (CFO)
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
Group Executive: Strategy Planning and Partnerships
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Collaborative Funding Call
NRF BRICS Call Guideline
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF general masters scholarships for 2022 academic year
Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarships for 2022 Academic Year
PHILA Awards 2022
2022 JWO Research Grant Applications Now Open
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.
Calls to apply for the 2023 academic year in France:
April to October 2022
Every year the Embassy of France in South Africa awards scholarships to South African students completing their Master’s or PhD degree in France. The French Embassy is proud to continue and to expand this initiative in order to support even more South African students in their endeavours to study in France!
The French Embassy is working together with South African partners (DHET, DSI, NRF and USAf), as well as French businesses present in South Africa. They constitute the Advisory Board whose role is to serve as a forum to reinforce the mobility of students between the two countries, to provide an informed opinion on each scholarship candidate and to explore collectively the funding opportunities from public agencies and private organisations in order to fund all deserving applicants.
Furthermore, the French Embassy has transformed the scholarship into a programme that truly benefits the applicants. All students who are shortlisted after the interview process and the Advisory Board review, are provided with a specific track before their departure to France. This track includes French lessons to assist in their preparations for their time in France and, where available, relevant internships offered within French businesses in South Africa. In this way, the French Embassy is able to help cultivate soft skills amongst the candidates, which will be highly beneficial as they enter their professional careers after having completed their studies in France. This is also a productive use of the months that are otherwise lost due to the difference between the academic calendars in the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
As a means to facilitate access to information for potential candidates, and to streamline the application process, the French Embassy has created a dedicated website:
Here, students can find all the information that they need about the programme, all-year-round, and they can also create and submit their online scholarship application during the relevant period.
Campus France South Africa is providing weekly webinars in order to provide all the necessary information to applicants and to connect students with higher education institutions from France. The application results are announced in December each year. This leaves more time for French lessons and for the internships which will take place during February and July, with departure to France in time for the start of the new academic year in September.
The French Embassy, with its public and private partners from France and South Africa, is excited at the prospect of continuing to support students holistically in their plans to study in France.
To get further information on studying and living in France please contact Campus France South Africa or follow their website and social networks (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram).
Appointment of AHI-carrier South Africa as the preferred service provider for maintenance and servicing of the 4x carrier chillers for a period of fifteen (15) years
Founder & CEO of Black Women in Science (BWIS), Climate Scientist and Academic Researcher, Ms Ndoni Mcunu, Passes Away
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