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.
A COVID-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant with an initial total funding of approximately USD4.75million, close to R90 million, has been launched to address research questions and implement science engagement activities associated with the pandemic.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) supported by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Newton Fund, and SGCI participating councils are collaborating in this initiative, which has been conceptualised under the auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI).
The Fund aims to support knowledge generation and translation to inform diagnostics, prevention and treatment of COVID-19, strengthen African regional and continental science engagement efforts in response to the pandemic, and leverage existing multilateral collaborations and attract new collaborations from international partners.
The COVID-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant Fund will support projects in three areas: 1) research; 2) science engagement – call to science and health journalists and communicators; and 3) science engagement – call to science advisers in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The CoE Mass sits across 16 Nodes located at Universities and Sciences Councils with its Admin Hub located at Wits University. During the current COVID-19 global pandemic, CoE-MaSS researchers are working on the following research:
Prof Cang Hui (Department of Mathematics at Stellenbosch University) is collaborating with Chinese collaborators to develop an ecological model that captures the transmission pattern of the COVID-19 outbreak and a preprint was submitted on medRχiv in February 2020. In addition, this team has also carried out research investigating the successful containment of COVID-19. A preprint of this research was uploaded to medRχiv in March 2020.
Prof Jacek Banasiak (Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Pretoria) is collaborating with colleagues (Prof Roumen Anguelov, Prof Jean Lubuma, and Prof Rachid Ouifki) on various research projects involving mathematical modelling of biological processes relating to COVID-19. The outputs of this research will be shared in the form of Technical Reports and journal publications.
Prof Francesco Petruccioneto (Pro-Vice Chancellor of Big Data Analysis at University of KwaZulu Natal) has partnered with KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP) to put together a team with more than 20 researchers, including computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, bioinformaticians, infectious diseases clinicians, theoretical physicists and quantum computing scientists to analyse the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa.
To date, graphs produced by the team showing that South Africa is flattening the curve were used in the presentation by the Minister of Health and Prof Salim Abdool Karim, Chair of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee to the nation on 13 April 2020.
SARAO MANDATED TO MANAGE THE NATIONAL RESPIRATORY VENTILATOR PROJECT
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), a NRF managed National Research Facility, has been mandated by the he Department of Trade, Industry and Competition to manage the national effort to locally design, develop, produce and procure respiratory ventilators to support the government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. SARAO has been chosen based on the experience it gained in the development of complex systems for the MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the world’s largest Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), another NRF managed National Research Facility is supporting the SARAO coordinated ventilator effort by producing parts for ventilator prototypes.
The study aims to determine COVID-19 transmission in an urban and rural setting; understanding the impact of HIV and/TB co-morbidity on severity of COVID-19 presentation and outcomes; and advancing understanding of immune responses to COVID-19.
The study is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) through South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).
Prof Salim Abdool Karim is the chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim is a member of the Public Health Group on the Ministerial Advisory Committee and is also a Member of the Executive Group of the International Steering Committee for the COVID-19 SOLIDARITY Trial.
The DSI- NRF CoE in epidemiological modelling and analysis (SACEMA) is a member of the national COVID modeling consortium and have mainly been working to provide short-term projections of case numbers.
The modelling work on COVID 19 is being coordinated through the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the National Department of Health (NDOH).
The NRF is coordinating a network of experts (Centres of Excellence and Research Chairs) across various universities to support the South African Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC). The NRF-GTAC initiative supports Government departments with rapid information, data and analysis through expert groups in Health, Immunology, Microbiological and related fields, including Sociology, Psychology, Data and Information, Economics, Systems Analysis and Food and Nutrition Science.
The NRF’s South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), is the lead agency and implementer of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA). As part of this initiative by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the SAEON team has been collecting, curating and analysing data relevant to understanding the risk and vulnerability of South Africa to a range of hazards. With the announcement of the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, the team started creating a list of indicator data sets relevant to COVID-19.
The added value components SAEON has produced include:
This data has been shared with COVID-19-focused teams such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Task Team as well as the Telkom/National Institute for Communicable Diseases team.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand and iThemba LABS, an NRF Research Facility that is the largest facility for particle and nuclear research in Africa, has collaborated with the data analytics team of Switzerland-based company, Data Convergence, to create a COVID-19 monitoring tool. The tool, called the COVID-19 South Africa dashboard, is being used to observe the development of the Coronavirus in South Africa. The tool uses data in conjunction with global inputs and local parameters to provide predictions for the spread and impact of the coronavirus in the country. Data is broken down into provincial, gender, age and transmission route, as well as an overview of Coronavirus in Africa and global trends.
The dashboard is aimed at informing government, scientists, the media and general public with quick, easy-to-understand information on the current situation.
Since the launch in 22 March 2020, the dashboard has grown with new data features, including snapshot views of how the pandemic is spreading in Africa, as well as statistics showing world trends, being added.
South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement(SAASTA) a business unit of the NRF, is currently working with the South Africa Science Journalists’ Association to support 26 science journalist interns in their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in various SouthAfrican languages. The aim is to make scientific information accessible to all South Africans. In addition, the SAASTA team has developed a comprehensive database of contact details for scientists working within the health and virology research areas so that interns can contact credible experts for interviews. They have also created a dedicated social media group as a platform to share scientific information about the COVID-19 virus and latest media releases from the South African Government to assist interns in their coverage. SAASTA is also engaging with past interns from the Youth Science and Technology Journalism Programme.
The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) donated 1 250 litres of ethnol to Rhodes University in support of the University’s hand sanitiser manufacturing initiative. The initiative comes in the wake of sanitiser shortages.
Drawing from the scientific expertise and experience in infectious diseases from a clinical and laboratory perspective, the DSI- NRF Centre of Excellence in Biomedical TB Research (CBTBR), is supporting Government’s interventions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.
The CBTBR is, among other things, providing the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) and other stakeholders with control material to ensure that all Covid-19 tests are carried out in a quality assured manner and to evaluate the performance of new kits. It has also played a key role in sourcing health and safety guidelines for enabling Biosafety Level 3 labs that are used primarily for TB research to be repurposed for work involving infectious materials from COVID-19 patients. These guidelines have been sourced by drawing on the CBTBR’s wide network of international collaborators.
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