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…
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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.
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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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June is Youth Month, and this year the NRF is celebrating the Youth of the NRF who are advancing knowledge, transforming lives, and inspiring a nation. We thank all participants for sharing their stories with us.
Ms Folasade Banji-Onisile is a PhD candidate in Microbiology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She received NRF-TWAS (World Academy of Sciences) funding for her PhD studies.
How did your journey start?
I grew up in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. I was raised by my parents who are both educationists. My dad, before his demise, was an education officer and my mum is a retired teacher. I have three siblings and we grew up spending time and navigating challenges together. The love and support I receive from my family have shaped my aspirations and influenced my personal growth.
From an early age, I harboured a deep fascination with the world of medicine. As a child, I dreamt of donning a white coat and making a difference in the healthcare field. However, life has a way of leading us down unexpected paths. I could not meet up with the points required for medical school, so I had a second choice which was microbiology. I wrote an entrance exam and was admitted to study microbiology at Nasarawa State University.
Having completed my four-year Bachelor’s degree in 2010, I registered for a Master’s in Microbiology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria which I obtained in 2014. My research focused on the antimicrobial activity of antibiotic-producing Streptomyces I isolated from soil. The ability of the microorganism to produce metabolites having high potency of preventing the growth of disease-causing organisms, especially drug-resistant microorganisms, intensified my fascination with microbiology. Then I sought opportunities to explore the field further. This motivated me to apply for PhD in Microbiology in 2020 with a focus on novel drug discovery from natural sources.
How has your affiliation with the NRF impacted your studies/career?
My affiliation with the NRF has contributed a lot to achieving my goal. The funding opportunity made my research much easier and stress-free. I also had the opportunity of attending an international conference where I met with experts in my field. The exceptional opportunity for the exchange of experience and familiarisation with good practices was a channel for my personal development.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles to be where you are today, and what did you learn from it?
I have learnt that whatever you put your mind to do, you will achieve if you do not give up. I received my funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. I almost lost the award because the registration process in my host institution during that time was challenging, and I had a deadline to meet with NRF. I almost gave up, but I was encouraged and kept sending several emails. I eventually registered successfully on the day of the deadline. A special thanks to my supervisor for the role he played in communicating with those involved and ensuring I was able to register.
What is your research focus on/what is your area of expertise?
Currently, my research centres around exploring the microbiological and medicinal potential of a South African medicinal plant against specific pathogens. This encompasses several key processes, including the extraction of secondary metabolites from various plant components, the isolation, and purification of secondary metabolites produced by endophytic microorganisms derived from the plant, as well as nanoparticle synthesis using both the plant and the endophytic microorganisms. To evaluate the efficacy, the research involves conducting comprehensive microbiological tests encompassing antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-cancer (specifically breast cancer and liver cancer) assessments. The interdisciplinary nature of the research has made me explore the intersections of chemistry and biochemistry.
How can your work/studies advance knowledge, transform lives, and inspire a nation?
The world is currently facing a daunting challenge posed by the emergence of multi-drug-resistant pathogenic microorganisms. With each passing year, the mortality rate steadily rises because of the escalating number of multidrug-resistant pathogens. Given the urgency of this situation, a pivotal step towards mitigating this pervasive issue lies in the exploration and development of innovative drugs that can effectively combat multidrug resistance. This research will not only ignite inspiration and drive transformative advancements in the field but will also make a significant breakthrough in effectively addressing the potential health implications of future global pandemics.
What are some of your proudest achievements?
The opportunity to present my research at the ASM conference held in Washington DC, USA in 2022 was one of the happiest achievements in my career
What are your career aspirations for the future?
I see myself contributing to scientific discoveries and making strides in the development of novel antimicrobial therapies. I see myself collaborating with experts across disciplines to improve human health and the world we live in. I also aspire to be an NRF-rated researcher.
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