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.
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August is Women’s Month, and this year the National Research Foundation (NRF) is celebrating the remarkable contributions that have been made by women researchers for the betterment of humanity. We thank all participants for sharing their stories with us.
Ms Zenande Pali is a PhD Candidate and researcher at the DSI-Mandela Nanomedicine Platform at Nelson Mandela University (NMU). Ms Pali has received funding from the NRF for her Honours and PhD studies and she was also an NRF intern.
What impact did the NRF have on your studies/career?
I am a BSc Medical Sciences and BSc Human Physiology (Honours) graduate from Walter Sisulu University (WSU). My Honours degree was funded by the NRF and shortly after completing my Honours degree, I was employed by the NRF as an academic and laboratory intern at NMU in the Physiology Department. As part of the NRF internship, I acquired basic laboratory skills and research techniques in Biomedical Sciences and Nanoscience. I also developed an interest in working with green gold nanoparticles for cancer therapeutics, which led me to pursue an MSc Nanoscience (Biomedical Sciences) degree which was awarded cum laude at NMU in 2022.
I am currently funded by the NRF for a PhD in Health Sciences (Pharmaceutics and Nanomedicine) based at the DSI-Mandela Nanomedicine Platform, NMU.
I truly appreciate the opportunities granted to me by the NRF as it afforded me the opportunity to enhance my skills and knowledge in my career and financially assisted me in furthering my studies.
What has been your study/career journey?
Initially, I was not well-informed about the options in science and research, and I applied for a BSc in Medical Sciences as my second choice at WSU. After being accepted into the programme, I believed that it was something that I was destined for. After my first graduation, I knew that I wanted to further my studies. NRF funding and the NRF internship opened many doors for me and I was able to achieve my goals and make my academic dreams come true.
What is your research focus on/what is your area of expertise?
My areas of expertise are cancer research, pharmaceutics and nanomedicine. My research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of plant-based gold nanoparticles for breast cancer therapeutics.
Why is your research/work important?
Breast cancer is currently the world’s most prevalent cancer and although current conventional therapy approaches have been utilised for years, breast cancer is still associated with higher mortality rates and is still the most occurring form of cancer in women.
Current breast cancer therapies are associated with several side-effects, it is expensive, and sometimes fail to successfully treat breast cancer. Therefore, my project aims to synthesise green gold nanoparticles using plants for treating breast cancer cells. Plant-based synthesis of gold nanoparticles is an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and less toxic method that is not harmful to healthy cells and selective to cancerous cells.
There is still a long way to go to truly achieve equity and a sense of belonging for women, be it within the research community or society in general. How do you envision yourself contributing to this space?
I am currently representing women in science and by that, I wish that young girls should see that it is possible to be within this space. My goal is to empower young girls interested in science at an early stage. Teach young women to stand up for themselves and always focus on achieving their dreams. Facing challenges and predicaments is not the end of the world, therefore, it is important to bounce back and to always be attached to your aspirations and future endeavours. We need to change the narrative of women taking the backseat in society and the research community.
What advice do you have for girls who are interested in STEM-related careers?
Science and research require one to stay focused, dedicated and understand the aim of what one is trying to achieve. Therefore, you should allow yourself to acquire all the necessary knowledge and skills. You should be very inquisitive and do research about your field of interest. You must always be confident and honest with your work and allow yourself to make mistakes because it is through the mistakes that you get to learn. Science requires you to be patient as it sometimes takes time to get the desired results. Face every challenge/pressure, understand it and embrace it so you may grow in your career. Always ask for help when you need it. Above all, make sure that you have a heart for science.
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