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.
In commemoration of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on the 24th of March each year, to raise awareness about the devastating health, social and economic effects of TB, and to intensify efforts to end the global TB epidemic, we highlight research on respiratory viruses in children with pulmonary TB. The article below, which details this research, is part of the upcoming NRF Science Matters Magazine which will focus on the developments of TB research in South Africa, and highlight the collective efforts of local TB researchers in various aspect of TB, including paediatric TB, diagnostics, TB transmissions, treatment, vaccine and animal TB
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health concern, with pulmonary TB (PTB) contributing to approximately 75% of the overall TB disease burden in children. It is estimated that every year one million children under 15 years of age develop the disease. Diagnosing PTB in children is complicated as the illness is difficult to distinguish from other common respiratory infections. Moreover, little is known about the role of respiratory viruses in children with suspected PTB.
In an effort to understand the interaction between respiratory viruses and PTB in children, a team of researchers from a number of local and international universities and research institutions including the DSI-NRF SARChI Chair in Paediatric Tuberculosis investigated the widespread presence of respiratory viruses in children with suspected PTB.
The study formed part of a larger hospital-based observation cohort. A total of 73 symptomatic children between 0 and 13 years of age who routinely presented at two public hospitals with suspected PTB, were enrolled for the observational study which ran from December 2015 to September 2017. The journal article is available here
The children were routinely checked for PTB at enrolment and follow-up visits were done four, eight and 24 weeks afterwards.
The researchers also found that respiratory viruses in all children were still present during follow up visits. This showed that the children in this setting have a continuous high viral burden.
A clear association between viruses and TB categories was not established, however HRV and multiple virus detections were more frequently found in children with TB compared to children without PTB.
Although there is little data on what a protective immune response after exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis entails, the researchers speculate that simultaneous or consecutive infections of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and respiratory viruses may lead to an altered immune response for the host, which may result in a poor ability to keep the TB infection under control.
Even though the study was limited by the small sample size and a lack of healthy controls, these findings highlight the high burden of respiratory virus infections in children with suspected PTB. Unravelling the role of respiratory viruses in the control of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and disease is important for possible therapeutic intervention strategies.
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NRF Science Matters Magazine Vol3 Issue4
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