CSIR Advanced Chemistry and Life Sciences

The CSIR is committed to innovation, change and advancement in the science, engineering and technology sphere, particularly in an era where there is increasing influence and impact from the technological disruptions caused by the fourth industrial revolution.

In 2019, the organisation adopted a new strategy aimed at supporting industrial development in the country; to ensure that it makes a greater impact on the building and growing of industries in South Africa and, consequently, the economy; this while continuing with its strong focus on serving the needs of the public sector and generating knowledge for public good.

The CSIR has identified clusters in which it is best positioned to drive the country’s industrialisation. These have been selected based on national priorities, potential for socioeconomic impact and the fourth industrial revolution.

They include industry and society-advancing clusters, such as agriculture and food, next generation health and future production chemicals.

Future Production: Chemicals

CSIR Future Production: Chemicals avails a unique set of offerings to its industry and public sector partners. The cluster’s customised approach to scientific research and development contributes to a sustainable, vibrant and competitive (South) African chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Antibody platform

NextGen Health

CSIR NextGen Health centres on a One Health approach to achieve optimal health outcomes, with a focus that spans the full health value chain – from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring – while equipping the health sector with capabilities to utilise fourth industrial revolution technologies.

Advanced Agriculture and Food

The CSIR harnesses the opportunities afforded by transformative technologies to develop the agriculture and associated processing industries for inclusive growth and rural development, while improving the industry’s competitiveness through research, development, innovation and business innovation.