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 National Research Foundation (NRF) will host the African Science Granting Councils and Partner Meetings during 4-8 December 2022 in Cape Town in parallel to the World Science Forum (WSF) hosted by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).
Since 2015, Science Granting Councils (SGCs) from Africa have hosted an annual series of high-level dialogues and engagements to strengthen partnerships, share experiences and practices on a range of emerging topics, and network amongst themselves and with other science system actors within and outside the African continent.
Hosted under auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Global Research Council (GRC), this series of high-level meetings bring together international and local partners representing 50 countries. The engagements will catalyse discussions ranging from foresighting in science, technology and innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa, climate change, the role of funding agencies in advancing responsible research assessment, funding, and support in the post-PhD phase, transforming food and agricultural systems, and advancing Open Science.
This year’s series of meetings provide the opportunity for SGCs to engage with the global network of partners in academia, industry, civil society, government, and intergovernmental organisations. The meetings are organised to leverage and maximise participation of partners during the WSF.
“The African Science Granting Councils and Partners Meetings are an opportunity for science funding agencies on the continent to share experiences; advance good practices in granting; and evaluate the progress in the implementation of capacity strengthening and collaborative activities,” says Dr Aldo Stroebel, the NRF’s Acting Group Executive: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships. “It is an opportunity for the voices of granting councils on the continent, with prominent partners in both the global North and South, to continue contributing to key STI policy and practice debates. Through these meetings, we are bringing together more than 100 networks putting STI at the core in a Pan-African context.”
The SGCI is funded by the NRF, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad); and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Launched in March 2015, the SGCI has partnered with SGCs in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Nigeria to drive an institutional capacity strengthening agenda.
Since 2018, the SGCI has provided grants to councils to manage research calls that correspond to their national and regional research and development agendas. Further, the SGCI is supporting councils to develop policy frameworks and enabling structures for public private partnerships.
The series of meetings being hosted form an annual flagship of the SGCI. They include the SGCI Annual Forum; the SGCI academic symposium; the GRC Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Consultative Meeting; workshop on enhancing cooperation in education, research, and innovation between South Africa and the Netherlands; the NRF-Carnegie Corporation final conference on early career researcher development in the post-PhD phase; the Transforming Food and Agricultural Systems through Research in Partnership with Africa (TSARA) General Assembly meeting; and the NRF-UNESCO Open Science Day. In addition, various working and bilateral meetings to advance research partnerships with the Belmont Forum, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO) will be hosted.
The meetings will be hosted during 4-8 December. Media wishing to cover the meetings should contact the NRF Media Relations Officer, Bongani Nkosi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 61 477 3064.
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