Explore the CSIR

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 CSIR’s shareholder is the South African Parliament, held in proxy by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.

Our vision, mission and values

The CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa.

Our mandate

The CSIR undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.

Facts and figures

Learn more about the CSIR through some quick facts and figures.

Organisational structure

Find full details about our leadership structure and our operational units.

History and highlights

View a selection of highlights from our research and technological and innovation journey.

Collaborations and partnerships

The CSIR partners and collaborates to achieve better outcomes and innovations.