Research Entities | Research Support

Research Centres of Excellence

Entity Director

Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (CEN)

Centre for Space Research

Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacen)

Prof Marius Smuts

Prof Stefan Ferreira

Prof Jeanetta du Plessis


Research Units

Entity Director

Unit for Language and Literature in the South African Context

Unit for Business Mathematics and Informatics

Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the SA Society

Research Unit for Law, Justice and Sustainability

Unit for Energy and Technology Systems

Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR)

WorkWell: Research Unit for Economic & Management Sciences

Education and Human Rights in diversity (Edu-HRight) 

Hypertension is Africa Research Team (HART)

Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (TREES)

Prof Johann van der Walt (acting)

Prof Magda Huisman

Prof Nico Smit

Prof Ferdi Kruger (acting)

Prof Willemien du Plessis

Prof Liezl van Dyk

Prof Petra Bester

Prof Pieter Buys

Prof JP Rossouw

Prof Hugo Huisman

Prof Melville Saayman


Research Focus Areas

Entity Director

Ancient Texts

Chemical Resource Benefication

Community Psychosocial Research (Compres)

Enabling Optimal Expression of Individual, Social and Institutional Potential (OPTENTIA)

Human Metabolomics

Materia Science Innovation an Modeling (MaSIM)

Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec)

Population and Health

Quality in Nursing and Midwifery (INSINQ)

Self Directed Learning (SDL)

Social Transformation

Trade and Development (TRADE)

Understanding & Processing Language in Comples Settings (UPSET)

Prof Hans van Deventer

Prof Manie Vosloo

Prof Herman Grobler

Prof Ian Rothmann

Prof du Toit Loots

Prof Eno Ebenso

Prof Hanlie Moss

Prof Yaw Amoateng (acting)

Dr Karin Minnie

Prof Elsa Mentz

Prof Andre Duvenhage

Prof Wilma Viviers

Prof Susan Coetzee van Rooy


Research Niche Areas

Entity Director


Food Safety and Security

Global Innovative Focussed Talent (GIFT)

Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA)

Lifestyle Diseases

Medicine Usage in South Africa (MUSA)

Multilingual Speech Technologies (MuST)

Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications (MASARA)

Occupational Hygiene and Health Research Initiative (OHHRI)

Technology-Enhanced Learning and Innovative Education and Training, South Africa (TELIT-SA)

Visual Narratives and Creative Outputs through Interdisciplinary and Practice-led Research

Prof Jan Heystek

Prof Olubukola Babalola

Prof Nicolene Barkhuizen

Prof Abiodun Salawu

Prof Ushotanefe Useh

Prof Martie Lubbe

Prof Marelie Davel

Dr Liesl van der Merwe

Prof Johan du Plessis (JL)

Prof Seugnet Blignaut

Dr Rita Swanepoel


Hosted Research Entities (Centre, Platform, Institute)

Entity Director

DST HySA Infrastructure Centre of Competence in Hydrogen production, storage, reticulation and safety codes and standards

DST/NWU  Pre-Clinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP)

dti Centre for Advanced Manufacturing

DST Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Centre for Human Metabonomics

Dr Dmitri Bessarabov

Prof Anne Grobler

Mr Danie Vorster

Prof Simeon Materechera

Prof Chris Vorster


Commercial Research Entities

Entity Director

Centre for Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Services

Prof Banie Boneschans


Research Chairs


Astrophysics and Space Physics (SARChI)

Coal Research (SARChI)

Biofuels and other clean alternative fuels (SARChI)

Nuclear Engineering (SARChI)

Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa (SARChI)


EDTP SETA research chair in early childhood education


Eskom Chair in Emission Control


Nutricia Research foundation in Clinical  Nutrition

World Trade Organisation chair


Prof Markus Bottcher

Prof John Bunt

Prof Sanette Marx

Prof Jat du Toit

Prof Alta Schutte

Prof Rosemarie Wildsmith-Cromarty

Prof Hein Neomagus & Stuart Piketh

Prof Rene Blaauw

Prof Wilma Viviers