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 as the rest of Africa. This centre generates knowledge that helps in ensuring that a proper alignment of activities within the South African government’s strategic focus on mineral and fossil fuel resources.
The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (CoE-HUMAN) was established in 2014 and is the only Centre of Excellence established in the human and social sciences. 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.
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 knowledge to improve access to sustainable and sufficient amounts of nutritious food for poor, vulnerable and marginal populations.
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 focuses on the sociology of science, science policy issues and knowledge production in higher education. Its work will lead to improved decision making in STI policy and consolidate the national information systems in science and technology in South Africa.
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 sciences - mathematics paradigms for the Earth and the environment; and mathematical, statistical and computational modelling of the Earth and the environment.