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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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 Global Research Council (GRC) today launches a seminal report titled Gender-Disaggregated Data at the Participating Organisations of the Global Research Council: Results of a global survey.
This report marks the first such collection of trends, practices and experiences of Global Research Council (GRC) participating organisations regarding gender-disaggregated data, and presents findings regarding applications, review and funding; the gender dimension in research; and data at the intersection of equality, diversity and inclusion. The survey was administered between September and December 2019.
The launch forms part of the 9th Annual Meeting of the GRC, which takes place virtually from 24-28 May, co-hosted by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The GRC is constituted by heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, dedicated to promoting the sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration among agencies globally. It is committed to promoting the equality and status of women in research, and especially catalysing conversations and actions amongst its participating organisations, and endorsed the GRC Statement of Principles and Actions on promoting the equality and status of women in 2016.
A significant action to advocate for the implementation of this action plan was the creation of the Gender Working Group (GWG) in 2017. Since its inception, the GWG’s initiatives have included strategic discussions and advancement of actions on gender-disaggregated data; collating case studies of practices of funding agencies across actions of the Statement of Principles; advocacy and championing the implementation of the statement of principles across GRC participating organisations; focusing on sexual harassment and bullying; integrating gender and diversity dimensions in research design and content; and diversity.
It is under the auspices of the GRC GWG that this report has been launched, co-led by NRF South Africa and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).
The survey report underscores the importance of collecting, analysing and reporting gender-disaggregated data by GRC participating organisations. It provides the opportunity for benchmarking and a better understanding of the needs of different research systems.
The following are key findings from the survey:
In light of the above findings, the GWG recommends that:
The GWG will continue to champion and facilitate the sharing of good practices amongst the GRC participants, with the aim that all GRC-participating organisations and regions will undertake to use this report, its findings and recommendations to further catalyse change and catapult progress across the various intersections of gender.
Gender-Disaggregated Data at the Participating Organisations of the Global Research Council: Results of a global survey, can be accessed here.
In 2019, the GWG also produced a booklet entitled “Supporting Women in Research: Policies, programs and initiatives undertaken by public research funding agencies”, which can be accessed here.
About the NRF
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is an independent statutory body established in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. Its mandate is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all ﬁelds of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge; supporting and promoting public awareness of, and engagement with, science; and promoting the development and maintenance of the national science system and support of Government priorities, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.
Website: www.nrf.ac.za | Twitter: @NRF_News | Facebook: @NRFSouthAfrica
The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP, Portuguese: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) is a public foundation located in São Paulo, Brazil, with the aim of providing grants, funds and programs to support research, education and innovation of private and public institutions and companies in the state of São Paulo. It was founded in 1962 and is maintained by endowments by the State government which are guaranteed as a fixed percentage of the State’s tax, besides the income generated by the financial revenues of its own assets.
Website: https://fapesp.br/en | Twitter: @AgencyFAPESP
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the largest public funder of research and innovation in the UK, with a budget of over £8bn. It is composed of seven disciplinary research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. We operate across the whole country and work with our many partners in higher education, research organisations businesses, government, and charities.
Our vision is for an outstanding research and innovation system in the UK that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally.
Our mission is to convene, catalyse and invest in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system that connects discovery to prosperity and public good.
Website: https://www.ukri.org/ | Twitter: @UKRI_News
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