The Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein proudly hosts The National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards on Thursday 14th September 2017, with Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor as speaker.

The individuals to be honoured at this year’s ceremony are South African researchers who have obtained A- and P- ratings during the recent NRF rating cycle, as well as recipients of various other awards that recognise individuals for exceptional contributions towards developing human capacity and knowledge generation in South Africa.

The NRF has played a critical role in developing South Africa’s research environment, recognising and driving excellent scientific research output and the growth of the scientific workforce and its continued transformation.

For the 2016/17 financial year the NRF has increased the support for female postgraduate students by 76%. Over the same period, support for black postgraduate students increased by 94%. Furthermore 14 173 postgraduate students have been supported through bursaries and scholarships, translating to 9.2% of all registered students for the 2016 academic year.

The Awards is also seen as a showcase of the Fund, opening up opportunities for more people to take up research as a career and setting the base for the next generation of scientists to develop South Africa.

The CUT wholeheartedly welcomes the NRF Awards.