Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, commonly known as the CSIR, is a world-class African research and development organisation established through an Act of Parliament in 1945. The CSIR undertakes directed, multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that contributes to the improved quality of life of South Africans. The organisation plays a key role in supporting government’s programmes through directed research that is aligned with the country’s priorities, the organisation’s mandate and its science, engineering and technology competences.

One of the few constants in the over 70-year history of the CSIR is the awareness of, and commitment to, the value that science and technology can deliver to the development of our country.

The CSIR ensures that the annual grant received from Parliament through the Department of Science and Technology, which accounts for some 40% of its total income, is invested in knowledge generation, scientific infrastructure and enhancing skills. Additional income is generated from contract research for the public and private sectors, locally and abroad, as well as from royalties, licences and dividends from intellectual property management and commercial companies created by the CSIR.

Throughout the years, the organisation has demonstrated significant growth in its research output, transformation of its staff complement and added value to society.

The CSIR’s mandate encourages it to cooperate with entities in the public and private sector. We recognise that a collaborative approach to research will lead to better outcomes and innovations.

Complex problems require a multidisciplinary approach to resolve. Partnerships can play a key role in broadening the capabilities required to resolve these challenges.

We work with a range of organisations, companies, education institutions, government departments and state-owned entities in all of our focus areas: energy, health, industry, defence and security, as well as the natural, built and digital environments.

The CSIR contributes to the vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa and contributes to innovation in Africa, tackling continental societal challenges by collaborating with African partners on science, engineering and technology.

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