UJ scientists receive top honours at the 2020/2021 NRF Awards

​Six academics from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) were among the recipients of the 2020/21 National Research Foundation (NRF) top awards in the science and research field.

The NRF hosted its annual awards ceremony in Pretoria on Tuesday 02 November 2021, during which South African academic and research excellence was celebrated.

The NRF Awards recognise and celebrate research excellence and achievements by scientists and researchers in our country and the strides being made in building a fully inclusive scientific society.

2020/2021 winners in various categories:

Research Excellence Award for Early Career / Emerging Researchers:

Research Excellence Award for Next Generation Researchers

Dr Nkositetile Raphael Biata – from the Department of Chemical Sciences

Said Dr Ndivhuwo Luruli, UJ’s Acting Executive Director: Research & Innovation: “UJ received the highest number of awards at this year’s event compared to other institutions, and this bears testament to the very high quality of submissions from our university. Most importantly, this outcome is confirmation of the calibre of emerging/early career academics that we have at UJ, and the contribution that they continue to make through their research”.

The mandate of the NRF is to promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge, and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.


From left to right: Prof Shanade Barnabas; Prof Oluwafemi Adebo; Dr Tebogo Mashifana; Prof Nnamdi Nwulu



From left to right: Dr Nkositetile Biata; Prof Nnamdi Nwulu; Prof Shanade Barnabas; Dr Tebogo Mashifana; Prof Oluwafemi Adebo (not in the photo is Prof Retselisitsoe Phooko)

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