Research centres

CSIR research centres are areas where research and technology in specific areas has been consolidated and developed into deep, world-class capabilities to support multiple areas of application. These research centres are linked to clusters where the relevant competences are most established, but capabilities are deployed across all areas where they are required.

CSIR research centres focus on polymers, composites and nano; synthetic biology and health science; mechatronics, sensor science and mobile autonomous systems; photonics; information security; energy; water resource management; emerging digital technologies and integrated cyber infrastructure.

CSIR Information and Cybersecurity Research Centre

The CSIR Information and Cybersecurity Research Centre focuses on research, development, and innovation of home-grown cyber and information security.

CSIR Energy Research Centre

The CSIR Energy Centre provides thought leadership, innovation and capacity building to address the two main energy imperatives of energy efficiency and cleaner energy.

CSIR Water Research Centre

The CSIR Water Research Centre addresses shortcomings in South Africa’s water planning and accountability; infrastructure operation and maintenance; water treatment technologies and critical domain skills.

CSIR National Photonics Centre

The CSIR houses a critical core of photonics expertise and scientific infrastructure for R&D and innovation in photonics-based technologies and applications at its National Photonics Centre.