Infrastructure, experts, research groups, clusters and projects

The CSIR is well-positioned to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. The organisation conducts research, development and innovation; localises transformative technologies and accelerates their diffusion to improve the competitiveness of high-impact industries; and drives socioeconomic transformation by supporting a capable state.

Our most important asset remains our people, who are known for their specialist knowledge and dedication to making a difference. We are a multidisciplinary organisation that leverages skills from a variety of disciplines. Our world-class infrastructure enables our people to translate their research into outputs with real value for industry and society.

Find information about our research, development and innovation by selecting one of the categories below.



The CSIR pursues impact in nine clusters. The clusters are technology industry convergences that represent the CSIR’s strategic focus.


The CSIR is home to leading minds in science, engineering and technology. Our staff are highly specialised in their respective fields.


Research and development work is managed as projects. The projects reflect the diversity of the challenges we help address.

Research groups

The CSIR is a multidisciplinary organisation with a vast range of science, engineering and technology competences, rooted in the minds of experienced experts.

Scientific infrastructure

The CSIR is equipped for world-class innovation. Scientific infrastructure includes laboratories, pilot plants and instruments.