Creating Synergies and Enabling Research for Sustainable Outcomes

Dr Ndanduleni Nthambeleni
Executive Director: Grants Management & Systems Administration: National Research Foundation

The funding of research is an enabling resource which is regarded as a critical component in the National System of Innovation (NSI) in South Africa. However, in isolation, and without a relevant context, funding may not have the desired impact. The National Research Foundation (NRF) has incubated the Innovation Fund, managed the implementation of industry-government-academia programmes such as the Technology & Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), and has a rich experience of the synergies and collaborative conditionality required to optimise the investment into research to secure public benefit research outputs. This presentation shares the vision of the NRF (Vision 2020) and practical recommendations for enabling research in South Africa.

Short Profile: 
Dr Ndanduleni B. Nthambeleni is the Executive Director at the National Research Foundation. He holds a DLitt et Phil degree from the University of Johannesburg. Previously, he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Vista University’s East Rand Campus. In 2012, he served as member of the Project team on Research Infrastructure of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). He is currently a member of the University of Venda Council and a member of the Executive Committee of Council since 2009. He is also a member of the following professional bodies: Institute of Directors in Southern Africa since 2014, the South African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) since 2009, the South African Sociological Association (SASA) since 2008 and the International Sociological Association (ISA) since 2007. He has written, published articles and supervised students.