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 and the organisation’s executive authority is the Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa. The CSIR undertakes directed, multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that contribute 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.
Impact is at the core of our business and the following objectives are crafted to ensure that we deliver on our mandate:
Build and transform human capital - Our scientific and technical contributions are only made possible through the skills and capabilities of our scientific staff. The CSIR is an important part of the national system of innovation and through the development and training of our scientific base, contributes to the national imperative to develop human capital and to the ongoing transformation of our society.
Conduct high-quality research to foster scientific development - The CSIR contributes to scientific development by identifying and investing in various areas of research to enable the translation of CSIR research into solid scientific output such as publications, technology demonstrators and intellectual property.
Conduct relevant research to foster industrial development - This strategic objective is achieved through the selection and implementation of a range of R&D programmes, in collaboration with various stakeholders to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of our existing industries.
Infrastructure renewal and development - Research infrastructure is fundamental to the organisation accomplishing its scientific and industrial development mandate. Therefore, the investment in research and built infrastructure and the implementation of the Campus Master Plan will help us achieve this.
Financial sustainability and governance – Financial sustainability and sound track record of governance are imperative to the success of the organisation in the long-term. We are committed to upholding that.