Research Entities | Research Support

Research Centres of Excellence

Entity Director

Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (CEN) Prof Marius Smuts
Centre for Space Research Prof Stefan Ferreira
Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharMaCen) Prof Lesetja Legoabe (acting)
Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) Prof Hugo Huisman
Centre of Excellence in Carbon-Based Fuels  Prof Frans Waanders


Research Units

Entity Director

Unit for Language and Literature in the South African Context Prof Phil van Schalkwyk (acting)
Unit for Business Mathematics and Informatics (BMI) Prof Magda Huisman
Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management (UESM) Prof Nico Smit
Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society Prof Ferdi Kruger
Research Unit for Law, Justice and Sustainability Prof Willemien du Plessis
Unit for Energy and Technology Systems Prof Frans Waanders
Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) Prof Petra Bester
WorkWell: Research Unit for Economic & Management Sciences Prof Pieter Buys
Education and Human Rights in Diversity (Edu-HRight)  Prof JP Rossouw
Tourism Research in Economic, Environs and Society (TREES) Prof Melville Saayman


Research Focus Areas

Entity Director

Ancient Texts: Text, Context and Reception Prof Hans van Deventer
Chemical Resource Benefication CRB) Prof Manie Vosloo
Community Psychosocial Research (Compres) Prof Herman Grobler
Enabling Optimal Expression of Individual, Social and Institutional Potential (OPTENTIA) Prof Ian Rothmann
Human Metabolomics Prof du Toit Loots
Material Science Innovation an Modelling (MaSIM) Prof Eno Ebenso
Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec) Prof Hanlie Moss
Population and Health Prof Yaw Amoateng (acting)
Quality in Nursing and Midwifery (INSINQ) Prof Karin Minnie
Self Directed Learning (SDL) Prof Josef de Beer (acting)
Social Transformation Prof André Duvenhage
Trade and Development (TRADE) Prof Wilma Viviers
Understanding & Processing Language in Complex Settings (UPSET) Prof Bertus v Rooy


Research Niche Areas

Entity Director

Community-Based Educational Research (COMBER) Prof Lesley Wood
Edu-Lead Prof Jan Heystek
Food Security and Safety Prof Olubukola Babalola
Global Innovative Focussed Talent (GIFT) Prof Nicolene Barkhuizen
Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA) Prof Abiodun Salawu
Lifestyle Diseases Prof Ushotanefe Useh
Medicine Usage in South Africa (MUSA) Prof Martie Lubbe
Multilingual Speech Technologies (MuST) Prof Marelie Davel
Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications (MASARA) Dr Albi Odendaal
Occupational Hygiene and Health Research Initiative (OHHRI) Prof Johan du Plessis (JL)
Technology-Enhanced Learning and Innovative Education and Training, South Africa (TELIT-SA) Prof Seugnet Blignaut
Visual Narratives and Creative Outputs through Interdisciplinary and Practice-led Research (VINCO) Mr Willem Venter (Acting)


Hosted Research Entities (Centre, Platform, Institute)

Entity Director

DST HySA Infrastructure Centre of Competence in Hydrogen production, storage, reticulation and safety codes and standards Dr Dmitri Bessarabov
DST/NWU  Pre-Clinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP) Prof Anne Grobler
dti Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Prof LJ Grobler
DST Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems Prof Simeon Materechera
Centre for Human Metabonomics Prof Chris Vorster

South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLar)

Prof Attie de Lange
Medical Research Council Extra Mural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Prof Alta Schutte


Commercial Research Entities

Entity Director

Centre for Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Services

Prof Banie Boneschans


Research Chairs


DST/NRF Research Chair in Astrophysics and Space Physics (SARChI)  Prof Markus Bottcher
DST/NRF Research Chair in Coal Research (SARChI) Prof John Bunt
DST/NRF Research Chair in Biofuels and Other Clean Alternative Fuels Prof Sanette Marx
DST/NRF Research Chair in Nuclear Engineering (SARChI)     Prof Jat du Toit
DST/NRF Research Chair in Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa (SARChI)  Prof Alta Schutte
DST/NRF SA-NAM Bilateral Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics (SARChI) Prof S Wagner (Namibia)
DST/NRF Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability Prof Anel du Plessis
EDTP SETA research chair in early childhood education Prof Rosemarie Wildsmith-Cromarty
ESKOM EPPEI Specialisation Centre for Emission Control Prof Hein Neomagus & Stuart Piketh
World Trade Organisation chair (WTO) Prof Wilma Viviers