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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 Centre of Excellence in HIV Prevention (CAPRISA)

Young women in South Africa have among the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. The Centre of Excellence in HIV Prevention aims to identify the risk factors responsible for these high rates and to develop new technologies and strategies to reduce the spread of HIV in women, especially young women, in South...

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB)

Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology at the Forestry and Agriculture Biotechnology Institute (FABI) is hosted by the University of Pretoria. The centre seeks to concentrate on understanding and combating diseases affecting South Africa’s indigenous trees.

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research (CBTBR)

Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis (TB) Research (co-hosted by the University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Witwatersrand).   This research centre contributes to local and global research efforts that are aimed at developing new tools for controlling tuberculosis and...

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis (C*change)

(hosted by the University of Cape Town) Research at this centre focuses on chemical catalysis mainly for the conversion of gas liquid fuels and for downstream processing that adds value to bulk chemicals.

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence Birds as Keys to Biodiversity Conservation

The Centre of Excellence in Birds as key to Biodiversity Conservation at the Percy Fitz Patrick Institute ishosted by the University of Cape Town. The centre is committed focusing on understanding and maintaining biodiversity using birds as indicators.

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Material (SM)

(Hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand). This centre studies hard materials, metal alloys, metal oxides, ceramics, diamond-like materials and composites including carbon nanotubes. Strong materials retain their distinctive scientific and applied properties under extreme conditions and have established or...

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB)

(hosted by the University of Stellenbosch) The centre is concerned with the biology of invasive species, with special emphasis on the impact that invasive species have on southern Africa’s biodiversity, agriculture and eco-tourism. 

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