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)
Acting Group Executive: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships
Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
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Deputy CEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Collaborative Funding Call
NRF BRICS Call Guideline
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
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year
Announcement of Successful SARChI Masters Scholarships Applicants for 2023_Final
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Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa
Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2024-2025
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.
August is Women’s Month, and this year the NRF is celebrating the Women of the NRF who are Advancing Knowledge, Transforming Lives and Inspiring a Nation. We thank all participants for sharing their stories with us and we hope that you are inspired by the amazing women who are affiliated with the NRF through their work or studies.
Ms Daniëlle Seymour is currently an NRF-funded Master’s student in Geographic Information Systems at Stellenbosch University.
This is her story…
I’ve always been drawn to nature and want to know more about it. As a child, I always showed up at school career events saying, “When I grow up, I want to become a nature conservationist”. Once I reached high school, my interest in Geography really sparked and my Grade 10 – 12 Geography teacher ignited and reinforced that interest. She was very passionate about teaching the subject and exposed learners to the different aspects of both human and physical Geography. Furthermore, growing up in Knysna, Western Cape and seeing some of the things we were taught in Geography all around me, really made my passion for the subject grow each year.
I then decided to pursue a degree in Geography and attended the University of the Western Cape where I completed a Bachelors degree majoring in Geography, Environmental Studies and Tourism. It was then that I realised I was really drawn to studying wetlands and using GIS and remote sensing to map and monitor wetland ecosystems. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I then applied to continue with Honours, and in 2017 I completed a BA Honours degree in Geography, majoring in Environmental Management and GIS.
Not certain about what opportunities were out there for Bachelor of Arts graduates, I then decided to take a year to gain some practical experience in the work world. I was fortunate to volunteer and further be awarded an internship with South African National Parks’s Garden Route Scientific Services. Here I really got to live out my dream and expectations of a researcher in conservation and environmental studies. After about two years, I decided to continue and expand my academic training and knowledge as an environmental graduate specialising in GIS and remote sensing. I then found a home at Stellenbosch University’s Geography Department under the supervision of Associate Professor Helen de Klerk. I am now in the final stages of my Master’s in Geographic Information Systems.
What role has the NRF played in your studies/career?
I am currently funded under the NRF Innovation, Freestanding and Scarce Skills Scholarship. This funding has really been of great help in allowing me to pursue a Master’s degree and to grow as a woman in science and technology. I do believe that, had it not been for the scholarship, it may have taken me a few more years to be able to reach my goal of completing a Master’s.
What is your research focus on/what is your area of expertise?
My current thesis focuses on testing remote sensing techniques to efficiently identify, classify, and map ecotones within a valley-bottom, fynbos-embedded wetland in the Theewaterskloof catchment. I have a special interest in wetland ecology and find using GIS and remote sensing to map and monitor wetland ecosystems exceptionally interesting. As part of my undergraduate training in holistic Geography, I have sound knowledge of applied Geography and GIS which I have incorporated into my research throughout both Honours and Master’s.
How can your research/work advance knowledge, transform lives and inspire a nation?
With my research, I really hope to contribute to the knowledge within the broader wetland community and also to showcase the efficacy of GIS and remote sensing. The future is technology, and I do believe that GIS and remote sensing is one of the key ways to monitor, predict and make sound decisions on the conservation and management of the environment.
What is the most enjoyable part of your work/studies?
The most enjoyable part of my studies is going out in the field to collect data. I love being out in the field swimming in restios, fynbos and other vegetation. The aftermath of collecting data and then capturing it to create useful and innovative maps for analysis brings me so much joy.
What is the funniest or most memorable thing that has happened to you during your studies/career?
The most memorable thing that has happened during my career is when I was granted the opportunity to attend a short Women in Science course at the Kruger National Park as part of my internship with Garden Route Scientific Services. As a graduate fresh from sitting behind books all the time, this exposure was really the highlight of my career and made me realise that I had chosen the perfect path: to learn about, understand and share the knowledge and wonders of Nature with others.
I am an avid activist for environmental education and science communication. Here are links to an article in the SANParks Research Report 2018/2019 and a blog where I was involved with such activities with Garden Route Scientific Services.
How do you balance work and life responsibilities?
I am currently a full-time student away from home, so it is quite challenging, especially under the current circumstances of the pandemic, to balance focusing on your career and the success thereof, while also keeping in mind that life is really unpredictable at the moment. Being away from family and loved ones definitely affects your well-being as a postgraduate student.
Having a need for more women role models in STEM is something that is often talked about, as it could help young girls foster an interest in science-related careers. In your opinion, what makes someone a good role model?
I am surrounded by phenomenal women in Science, starting from high school through to university and also when I worked at SANParks. The footprint of women in science is really growing and leaving immense impressions on younger women like myself who are hoping to make valuable contributions in the STEM community. I think the crucial way to be a good role model is to constantly share your story and role as a woman in STEM, so as to encourage others that there is a place for us. You just need to work hard and continue to believe that whatever you put your mind to, you will achieve.
Breathing life into bone
Women’s Month 2021: Dr Desiree Petersen
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