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The National Research Foundation (NRF)
The NRF is an independent government agency that promotes and supports research in all fields of knowledge.
The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act, 1998 (Act No. 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the former Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely, the former Centre for Science Development of the Human Sciences Research Council and the former Foundation for Research Development, which included several national research facilities.
As an independent government agency, the NRF promotes and supports research in all fields of knowledge. It also conducts research and provides access to national research facilities. The NRF provides services to the research community, especially at higher education institutions and science councils, with a view to promoting high-level human capital development. The NRF aims to uphold excellence in all its investments in knowledge, people and infrastructure.