The CoE-MaSS was formed via a NRF competitive Open Call as a two-round application process in 2013 whereby “Research Themes” in areas of existing strength within South Africa were proposed by the Founding Nodes to form the core research areas of the Centre going forward. In 2017, these Research Themes were reengineered in line with active researchers interests and national priorities, and were subsequently renamed “Focus Areas”.
The Centre’s Focus Areas are given below, along with the names and contact details of:
- the lead Focus Area Coordinator (FAC) in charge of facilitating the high level strategic oversight of all activities that take place within the theme, and
- the Junior Focus Area Coordinator (JFAC) who assists the FAC with the Focus Area. The important of each Focus Area having an additional JFAC is to develop such skills in the emerging research acaedmics cohort around the country in all MaSS areas with a focus to build up a sustainable skillset in research project planning and implementation, and to create succession plans within each Focus Area.