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2 Technology Development and Innovation Human Capital – Centres of excellence, South African research chairs initiative, professional development programme, etc. Knowledge Infrastructure – Universities, Science Councils, state-owned enterprises, global projects Bio- Economy Space Science Energy Global Change Human & Social Science GRAND CHALLENGES ENABLERS CROSS-CUTTING ENABLERS DST 10-yr Innovation Plan: Grand Challenges

3 NRF Strategic Goals

4 Curiosity-driven researchNeeds/market-driven research Public appropriability Development Commercialisation Open researchDirected research Agency - Core Grant NRF THRIP TIA National Research Facilities Product development Technology development Applied research Basic research Commercialisation Public appropriability Wealth creation Innovation System Value Chain

5 NRF Board CEO Corporate Secretary ICT Finance Governance Human Resources Legal Services Corporate Communication Group Executive: Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations GMSA IRC RCCE HICD ARIC KFD Social Sciences Research and Evaluation, Peer- review, Rating Humanities Physical & Mathematical Sciences Life Sciences Engineering Sciences Deputy CEO: Research & Innovation Support & Advancement (RISA) iThemba LABS HartRAO/MeerKat SAIAB NZG Research Infrastructure & National Research Facilities SKA Project SAEON Group Executive: Communication and Stakeholder Relations SAAO Organisational Structure Science Education Science Awareness Science Communication SAASTA Group Executive: Finance & Business Systems RE Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence

6 RISA Directorate Matrix HICD Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development KFD Knowledge Fields Development RE Reviews and Evaluation (Quality assurance) ARIC Applied Research, Innovation and Collaboration (industry connectivity) GMSA Grants Management and Systems Administration (Efficiency) Internal service Science Advancement (Communication) RCCE Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence IRC International Relations and Cooperation (Internationalisation) IEPD Institutional Engagement and Partnership Development

7 NRF Investment (R&D Strategy & Innovation Plan)

8 Human Capacity Development Excellence Pipeline

9 Access to Global Infrastructure (AGI) AGI SYGR (Synchrotron and other Global Infrastructure) To support researchers and scientists to access global infrastructure and facilitate and/or promote collaborations MOBG (Equipment related mobility and training grants) To enable researchers to access research equipment, both locally and internationally, that is not available at their research institutions Global Infrastructure (Formal Agreements): Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland The European Synchrotron Radiation Facilities (ESRF) in Grenoble, France

10 International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) KIC calls for national and international network enhancement Student training and exchange eg JINR Winter School Workshops/Conferences ICSU National Commitees ICSU Board support Membership dues International conferences Adhoc requests Strategic Multilateral Engagements e.g. IKhure(Earth Sciences IIIASA (Applied Systems Analysis) Ikhabe Ye Africa (Earth Sciences/geo-physics) Negotiations Development of Agreements Call documents Workshops Joint Technical Commitees Reporting Management of Bi, Tri and Multilateral Agreements, including Focus on Africa Management of Strategic Multilateral Projects Promotion of researcher mobility/networks Participation in International Commitees and Professional Bodies Budgeting & Projections, Contracts, Expenditure Monitoring, Supply Chain Management, Programme Reporting Finance & Reporting Protocol, Strategic Communication, Diplomacy, Lobbying, Liaison & Publicity Relationship Management

11 Funded Thematic Areas of Focus for Bilateral Agreements Thematic Areas of Focus Agriculture Space Science & Remote Sensing Information Communication Technology Indigenous Knowledge System Biosciences and Biotechnology Health Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities Geosciences and Material Resources Energy Environment and Climate Change Mathematical Sciences Material Science and Nanotechnology Laser Technology Biodiversity Earth Sciences Astronomy

12 Algeria Benin Botswana Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Cape Verde Angola Congo Democratic Republic of Congo Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Guinea Bissau Ghana Chad Guinea Côte d 'Ivoire Kenya Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Mozambique Senegal Nigeria São Tomé & Principe Rwanda Niger Namibia Seychelles Sierra Leone Comoros Somalia South Africa Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Zambia Zanzibar Zimbabwe Western Sahara Morocco Countries – with bilateral S&T agreements Burkina Faso Countries where we have/had joint calls S&T Bilateral Agreements in Africa

13 Overseas Collaboration AsiaAmericasEuropeGulfAgency-to-Agency‘Special Projects’ ChinaArgentinaBelarusIranCNRS (France)!Khure (France) IndiaBrazilCzech Rep.OmanFAS (Finland)Inkaba Ye Africa (Germany) JapanCubaFinlandFWO (Flanders)SA-YSSP (IIASA, Austria) MalaysiaMexicoFlandersNSF (USA)JINR (Russia) South KoreaUSAFranceRFBR (Russia)KIC TaiwanGermanyASCR (Czech Rep.)SNSF (Switzerland) Hellenic (Greece)DFG (Germany)IBSA HungaryJSTA (Japan) ItalyJSPS (Japan) NetherlandNOW (Netherlands) NorwayNSFC (China) PolandDAAD (Germany) RomaniaFNRS (Wallonia) Russia Slovakia Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom Ukraine

14 Profile of Overseas grants: 2008-2012

15 Profile of African grants: 2008-2012

16 Collaborations between African Countries Nature, 2011

17 Challenges and Opportunities Competitiveness and Human Resource Development –PhD as key driver (1 700 – 6 000 by 2030) Understanding international research, and its implications Systematise partnerships with science councils and private sector Ensure adequate investment in Established Researchers across the system True co-investment Joint laboratories; Joint Chairs or CoEs Strategic programmes, incl. mobility, needs to be enhanced Africa focus –NRF-IDRC-DFID strengthening of African Science Granting Councils project – potential for investment and impact –NRF-Carnegie partnership on increasing the quantity and quality of PhD production on the continent Linking of scholarships to ongoing or new bilateral programmes Innovative partnership modalities

18 Strategic Policy Implications Misalignment/ coordination among NSI stakeholders Role of internationalisation: Fragmentation/ alignment Longevity of scholarship investment in non-nationals Leveraging of investments Differentiation debate/ quite discussion Return on investment/ Impact Equity and redress Regional/ continental approaches –CLEAR Africa strategy, engagements and alignment –GRC, Belmont Forum, Future Earth, ICSU ROA –Astronomy –Country studies, DST, insightful and directed New funding modalities –Cluster/ Theme/ joint funding –Joint reviews


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