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.
Every year, the large LHC collaborations such as the ATLAS Experiment organise an internal overview session that is attended by the entire collaboration spanning 243 institutes from 41 countries, including South Africa.
Ryan Mckenzie has been chosen to undertake the roles of deputy run-coordinator and then run-coordinator of the ATLAS Hadronic Tile calorimeter. The roles span 8 months from 1 September 2022 up until the 30th of April 2023 and encompass the control and management of the entire sub-detector including the co-ordination of over one hundred physicists, engineers and technicians. The importance of this role cannot be underestimated as ATLAS will be undertaking RUN-III data taking during Ryan’s tenure.
Edward Nkadimeng was appointed by the management of the Tile Calorimeter of the ATLAS experiment at CERN to lead the team for the LVPS project. Edward leads a community of physicists and engineers from the US and Europe. This international team will be delivering on critical electronics for the upgrade of the TIle Calorimeter of the ATLAS detector.
The two Wits University researchers were also invited to chair sessions in the 2021 and 2022 cycles of the ATLAS collaboration Week themed “Getting Ready for Run 3”. The collider has started up its proton beams again at unprecedented energy levels after going through a three-year shutdown for maintenance and upgrades.
Ryan Mckenzie, a postgraduate student at the High-throughput Electronics Laboratory within the Institute for Collider Particle Physics (ICPP), chaired a session in 2021 focusing on the latest physics developments of the ATLAS collaboration as well as ongoing detector research amongst numerous other topics. The session which Ryan successfully chaired covered the ATLAS Phase-II upgrade which is to commence in the year 2025 and is focused on preparing the ATLAS detector for the next energy frontier being ushered in by the High Luminosity-LHC.
“This event forms a key aspect of what allows the collaboration to span the entire globe and was truly a joy to behold. It was an honour to be selected to fulfil this role, I eagerly look forward towards further contributions made by South Africa.”- Says Ryan Mckenzie
Edward Nkadimeng, an ICPP researcher, who also convenes the Low Voltage Power Supply working group that is expected to provide critical electronics for the Tile Calorimeter will on Tuesday (21 June 2022) chair the collaboration meeting to review specific tasks. These tasks include: detector operations, online data selection and processing, data monitoring, calibration and reconstruction, physics analysis, and the upgrade of the detector to the next stages of the experiment. All these tasks are linked, and their results, including any concerns, are reported in dedicated ATLAS Week sessions.
“I am humbled by the recognition given the significance of being invited to chair a session at the ATLAS experiment’s overview week at CERN. This is, of course, a result of the world-class contribution and the international leadership of Wits University in the field of particle physics. “ – Says Edward Nkadimeng
The SA-CERN programme contribution to the Phase-II upgrade takes the form of high-tech power supplies which provide power to the Tile Calorimeter of the ATLAS detector. These electronic components will be produced locally thereby illustrating the world class ability of the South African electronics industry. The SA-CERN program is also supported by the Department of Science and Innovation and it is hosted by iThemba LABS of the National Research Foundation.
“We are really proud that young South African scientists have grown to become leaders of our global community,” says Bruce Mellado, Director of the ICPP and senior researcher at iThemba LABS.
Youth Month 2022: Maria Makwela
Youth Month 2022: Sarah Kandolo
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