International research partnerships are supported through several memoranda of understanding (MoUs), including with the University of Regina, the Stockholm Water Institute and the LCVU Amsterdam. The Association of Swedish Research Centres (SWEREA) and the Beijing Association of Science and Technology are exploring relationships in the areas of human capacity development (HCD), ICT and laser science.
The benefits of membership of the Regional Research Alliance (RRA) and the Global Research Alliance (GRA) are increasing. RRA activities are given better focus through the development of a strategic plan. With regard to the GRA, an MoU in the areas of materials science and manufacturing and energy is being negotiated with the Danish Technology Institute – the institute is a member of the GRA.
The CSIR is analysing its international contract R&D partners and is targeting specific multinational corporations with which to develop strategic partnerships. The aim of the contract R&D partnerships is to move towards more strategic multi-year collaborative R&D across type A and B research programmes. These include Sasol, Boeing and Syngenta.