LEADERS IN SCIENCE AND INNOVATION
Created in 1945 by Parliament as the central scientific research
and development resource for South Africa, the CSIR remains the country’s
top technology and innovation agency.
Today the CSIR accounts 15% of total government expenditure on research
and development and contributes considerably to national initiatives,
strategies and projects, as well as support to the public sector.
A staff complement of about 2 300 include some of the top technical
and scientific minds in the country, working from advanced research
facilities in most of the nine provinces.
The CSIR is acknowledged nationally and internationally as a leader
in established study areas such as biosciences, information technology
and natural resources and the environment and stands on the cutting
edge of scientific exploration with emerging research areas such
as nanotechnology, mobile intelligent autonomous systems, synthetic
biology, photonics and human language technologies.