Strategies & Plans

The South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) is a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF) with the mandate to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering, innovation and technology in South Africa.

Science, through research, has a crucial role to play in the growth of South Africa’s economy. Active dialogue and engagement between science and society ensures that scientific research findings are easily translated into relevant, appropriate and beneficial innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities. Research findings should also have an impact on policy and social conditions in a country. This can only be achieved when science becomes a daily dialogue and discourse.

Science Engagement Strategy

The Science Engagement Strategy (SES) was approved by the Minister of Science and Technology in January 2015. The SES formalises and provides...

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Science Engagement Strategy Implementation Plan

This document provides more detail on how the SES will be executed. The level of information provided in the Implementation Plan is adequate...

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Science Centre Accreditation

Science Centre Accreditation The White Paper on Science and Technology (1996) seeks to build a healthy National System of Innovation (NSI) that advances the ...

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White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation

This White Paper, which is based on extensive review of the National System of Innovation (NSI), sets the long-term policy direction...

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Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) leads the science engagement programme. This national programme, which is guided by...

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Engaged Research Framework

The NRF, within its revised mandate and vision, is committed to ensuring the clear articulation, positioning and development of Engaged Research...

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Engaged Research Booklet

The NRF’s support for embedding an engaged research approach is the result of national and international shifts in knowledge production...

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