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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Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and (CFO)
Group Executive: Human Resources and Legal Services
Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Pilot Call for Full Proposals
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
Invitation for Nominations for Professional Development Programme (PDP) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023
2023 iThemba Labs Physics Summer School Call for Applications
Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
Announcement of Successful Applications for Scarce Skills Honours Scholarships 2023
Announcement of Successful Applications for the DSI-NRF Honours Scholarships In 2023
HFSP funding opportunity announcement
Risk and Uncertainty in Finance and Economics Conference
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 passing of a close colleague, friend or family member seems always to be untimely, unexpected, tragic even, and hearing about the passing of Dr Danny Adams is a combination of all of these. At the NRF we consider the staff of the Department of Science & Innovation with whom we work regularly as colleagues. We considered Danny as more than a colleague and almost as a member of our family. That is how closely tied and associated he was with critical projects, programmes and initiatives implemented by the NRF. This was especially so for those of us working in research infrastructure, facilities and associated human capacity development programmes. We were beginning to make peace with his retirement, but his passing caught us by tragic surprise.
In innumerable ways, Danny was a colleague and friend of many in the NRF. He spent a number of years as a student at iThemba LABS, one of the NRF’s National Research Facilities. He was a seminal contributor to the research infrastructure space as well as the related scientific space. Most major research infrastructure projects, equipment, and related strategic initiatives, many hosted by the NRF, bear what a colleague referred to as “his blessed fingerprints”. Danny was an inspiration to many and a leader respected by all who worked with him. Even when he disagreed with you (and, yes, we did get many “Nos” from Danny), he did so respectfully and with gentleness. A salt of the earth guy.
He spearheaded and led many initiatives that are pivotal to the National System of Innovation including national programmes such as SA-CERN, SA-JINR, NTembi, NumeRI, and the flagship research infrastructure initiative, the SA Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR). This also includes several global research bilateral, trilaterals and multilaterals between SA and other countries and international research organisations. To illustrate this more pointedly, we share below words of tribute from one of the many SARIR projects hosted by the NRF, the South African Polar Research Infrastructure (or SAPRI).
Danny Adams has left a legacy with the research infrastructure programmes. This is evident in all of the successful research infrastructures that are up and running and the far-reaching impact they are having. His vision for the RI’s never faltered and he persisted and supported them until their potentials were reached. Danny had incredible insight and the ability to bring out the best in people and projects, whilst maintaining a sense of humour and humility. Danny’s wisdom, support, and approachable manner touched the lives of all of us working with him. This is the quote we wrote in the book that we gave him for SAPRI: “Give me Scott for scientific method, Amundsen for speed and efficiency, when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton, but to fund all of their required infrastructure, give me Adams”
The NRF sends its sincerest and deepest, heartfelt condolences to Danny’s family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Be sure to know that God is closer to the broken-hearted and He will provide you with comfort and hope and soothe the deep pain you are experiencing as a family. Thank you and God bless.
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