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DST - NRF Centres of Excellence

The CoEs are physical or virtual centres of research that concentrate existing research excellence and capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity development. The DST-NRF CoE funding instrument was launched in 2004 with the establishment of seven CoEs. Since then, three additional CoEs were established between 2009 and 2013 with five new CoEs established in 2014. The five key performance areas of the CoEs are: Research/knowledge production; Education and training; Information brokerage; Networking; and Service rendering. Over the past decade the Advisory Boards for each of the CoEs have played an important steering and oversight role in ensuring the success of the CoEs.

DST-NRF CoE for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis

The Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) was launched on 24 April 2014 at the University of Johannesburg. The CoE focuses on the integration of leading academic research with strategic applications in wealth generation and human resource development in South Africa as well...

DST-NRF CoE in Human Development

The CoE-HUMAN is the only DST-NRF Centre of Excellence established in human and social studies. It takes human development to be the processes, on an individual and social level, towards fulfilment, not only of basic needs but of values including freedom, security, achievement and belonging. From this point of view,...

DST-NRF CoE in Food Security

Launched on 15 April 2014, the Centre of Excellence in Food Security is co-hosted by the University of the Western Cape and University of Pretoria. It was established in the context of changing food systems facing ecological, social, economic and physical challenges and its focus is on the generation of energy and...

DST-NRF CoE in Scientometrics and STI Policy

The DST-NRF CoE in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy, launched on 03 April 2014, is co-hosted by the University of Stellenbosch and the Tshwane University of Technology and housed in the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST). The work done by the CoE...

DST-NRF CoE in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

The Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences was launched at the University of the Witwatersrand on 01 April 2014. Its focus is centred on the main theme of 'Mathematics of the Earth and Environment’, which is split into two sub-themes reflecting the pure and applied nature of the mathematical...

Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences

The Centre of Excellence is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand. The research thrust for the CoE comprises of five themes that will address research questions relating to the South African palaeosciences heritage record. The themes are conceptually linked to serve the ambitions of four overarching key...

The National Institute for Theoretical Physics

The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) is jointly hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). They are located in the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) building. NITheP seeks to sustain a stimulating...

Centre of Excellence in Epidemiology Modelling and Analysis

The South African Centre of Excellence in Epidemiology Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) is hosted by the University of Stellenbosch. SACEMA uses mathematics to understand, predict and ultimately combat diseases.

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