The SASA Research Centre in Kragujevac, whose founders are the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Kragujevac, was established on 21 May 1991 to promote and develop scientific-educational and cultural activities of a wider area gravitating to the University.
The first director of the Centre was Academician Dragoslav Srejovic (1931 - 1996), an archaeologist born in Kragujevac, who held the post since the establishment of the Centre, until his death in 1996. He was succeeded by Academician Nikola Tasic (1931 - 2017), an archaeologist and vice-president of SASA, who carried out the duties of the Centre's director until 2010. Academician Ivan Gutman, a chemist and a professor emeritus of the University of Kragujevac, was appointed as director of the Centre, in 2011, and from October 2018, Academician Milos Djuran, professor of chemistry, is the director of the Centre.
The basic activities of the Centre are realized through the work on the research projects (especially research in the sciences that are not being studied at the University of Kragujevac, as well as multidisciplinary research), organization of scientific meetings, discussions, lectures, exhibitions and other scientific and cultural events. Particularly important part of the Centre is publishing activity. The Centre publishes scientific and professional monographs, proceedings, and other types of publications that are important for the development of science, culture and the arts.
By the will of Academician Nikola Koka Jankovic, the eminent academician and sculptor, since 2020, the Centre has been housed in the newly constructed modern building of the Legacy. The Legacy building, located in the University Campus, is a contemporary architectural work of outstanding aesthetic value, and it contains the permanent retrospective exhibition Nikola Koka Jankovic, Living and Arts.