National Research Foundation Information Sources

National Research Foundation Information Sources

PAIA Information
The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), Act No. 2 of 2000, seeks to, inter alia, give effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by the state or by any other person where such information is required for the exercise or protection of any right.
The Act also requires public and private bodies to compile manuals that provide information on both the types and categories of records held by such public and private bodies. The National Research Foundation (“NRF”) is a public body under paragraph (b)(ii) of the definition of “public body” in Section 1 of the Act.
In compliance with the Act, the NRF PAIA Manual is intended to outline the procedures to be followed in accessing information held by the NRF. The manual also contains contact information for the Accounting Officer (also referred to as the Information Officer) and designated Deputy Information Officers at the National Research Facilities (“NFs”) and other Business Units (BUs) of the NRF. The Manual, Form and Fee Structure can be downloaded from this webpage.

South African Data Archive (SADA)

The South African Data Archive promotes and facilitates the sharing of research data and related documentation of computerised raw quantitative data of large scale regional, national and international research projects mainly in the humanities and social sciences. It makes datasets available to the research community for further analysis, comparative studies, longitudinal studies, teaching and decision-making purposes. 

Research Support and Knowledge Networking Databases

Databases which contribute to knowledge generation for the support and promotion of research development. The databases facilitate access to ensure the utilisation of research results, technology and innovation. The databases include:

  • Current and Completed Research Projects (Masters & Doctoral)
  • Current and Completed Research Projects Database
  • National Electronic Theses and Dissertations Portal 
  • NRF Funded Projects Database
  • Forthcoming Conferences Database
  • South African Professional Associations Database
  • Research Information Management Systems (RIMS)
  • Data Resources in Africa
  • Digital Initiatives Register and Heritage Repository

SANAP Bibliographic Database

The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) Bibliographic database is intended as a useful resource and platform for researchers embarking on sub-Antarctic and Antarctic research. This database is a central repository of 2492 records, including books, scientific and popular publications, as well as theses. The current records span from 1847 to the present; and will be updated on an annual basis to capture the annual research outputs as listed by active grantholders. Comments on or additions to the database can be sent to

NRF Institutional Repository

An institutional repository for open access publications and other digitised materials created by staff of the NRF such as power point presentations, print materials, photographs, audio materials, videos, manuscripts and other original works. It is also an authoritative source for the research outputs of the staff of the NRF Business Units and National Research Facilities. The  NRF IR raises the visibility and accessibility of NRF publications to the wider world.

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