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.
Extreme weather is listed as the second most severe risk on a global scale over the next 10 years in the Global Risk Report 2022 of the World Economic Forum. The use of early warning systems can assist with mitigating the severity of disasters associated with these extreme events.
The Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models that use high performance computing (HPC) systems are critical to produce such forecasts with high resolution in a timely manner. However, many African countries are still without HPC systems and, therefore, it is necessary that partnerships are forged with national, regional and continental programmes to make the systems available on the continent.
There is a need for the development and improvement of skills in the usage of HPC systems, available open-source software and running of NWP models. A number of national and international organizations have partnered to organise a training workshop for delegates from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
These delegates are scientists from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services; Higher Education Institutions; hosts of High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems; and other custodians of environmental datasets.
The organising partners are the South African Environmental Observation Network (NRF-SAEON), the South African National Integrated Cyber-Infrastructure Systems’ Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC); the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); the South African Weather Service (SAWS); the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – Regional Office for Africa; the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); and the Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa in Eastern and Southern Africa (AICCRA-ESA).
“We are continuing to see extreme weather events, resulting in adverse impacts on our societies on the continent,” says Dr Mary-Jane Bopape, Managing Director of NRF-SAEON. “It is important that scientists understand how to run NWP models as these inform weather forecasts shared with the public. By implication, an understanding of HPC is needed because weather models run on HPC systems to produce forecasts with high resolution.”
Adds Dr Bopape, “The use of Geographic Information System will help scientists map possible vulnerabilities to extreme weather. Beyond the training that will be provided, the workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants coming from different countries on the continent to build collaborative links that will hopefully benefit their careers beyond the week of the workshop.”
The training workshop will be held from 21 to 25 November 2022 at the National Research Foundation in Pretoria. Members of the media are invited to cover the opening session of the workshop. Interviews with experts will also be facilitated.
To cover the workshop, please contact NRF Media Relations Officer, Bongani Nkosi, on firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 61 477 3064.
NRF/SAIAB/43/2022-23 – Installation of Mobile Shelving on 1st Floor of the SAIAB Collection Building
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