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Monday, November 4, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the latest publication by CREST. The release by CREST is accompanied by the following message:

CREST is pleased to announce the release of their report on the state of the South African research enterprise. This study, which was commissioned by the NRF in 2015, provides a comprehensive assessment of the state and recent trends of South African research.  

The report consists of four main parts: the first part (International benchmarking) compares the performance of the SA research enterprise with four sets of countries (the lead countries in the world, eight comparator countries, the top African countries and the BRICS countries); the second part (historical benchmarking) presents an overview of SA’s performance in terms of investment in research, human resources capacity and research performance (output, world share, world rank, collaboration trends, citation impact, and research transformation) over the past 15 years. The third part – scientific field assessment – presents detailed results on an assessment of six main fields (agriculture, engineering, health sciences, humanities, the natural sciences, and social sciences) in terms of NRF funding, research capacity (including trends in doctoral enrolments and graduations) and research performance. The final section of the report – strategic research assessment – presents an analysis of six strategic fields (agriculture and food security research, climate and environmental research, educational research, energy research, health research, and water research).

We want to express our appreciation to the NRF who has agreed that this study can now be disseminated widely as an e-book. The report can be downloaded at:

Crest looks forward to any comments and responses to the report as many of the issues covered in the report refer to ongoing lines of research at the centre.

You are encouraged to share the report through your networks so that the widest possible benefit may be derived from this valuable report.

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