Research for impact at Stellenbosch University implies optimising the scientific, economic, social, scholarly and cultural impact of our research. Our focus is on interdisciplinary research that benefits society on a national, continental and global scale. At the same time, we are committed to basic and disciplinary research excellence, as it forms the basis for applied and translational research. Stellenbosch University has identified five strategic research areas that will drive the research agenda for the next few years. The University remains at the forefront of its chosen focal areas, by gaining national and international standing on the basis of its research outputs, by being relevant to the needs of the community and by being enterprising, innovative and self-renewing.