Focus Areas

The CSIR supports South Africa’s national priorities through research, development and implementation in the areas of health, industry, defence and security, energy, as well as the natural, built and digital environments. We also apply our capabilities beyond the South African border.

  • Industry

    The CSIR develops and transfers manufacturing technologies that improve the competitiveness of local industries and create new manufacturing opportunities.

  • Health

    To improve the health of all South Africans, the CSIR develops technologies for cost-effective bio-therapeutics and improved diagnosis and treatment in under-resourced areas.

  • Energy

    The CSIR works towards helping South Africa achieve an energy-secure and low-carbon national economy.

  • Defence and security

    The CSIR contributes to a safe and secure South Africa by supporting the building of a capable state and by developing technologies to ensure safer communities.

  • Built environment

    The CSIR contributes to the development and maintenance of the country’s economic infrastructure and the transformation of human settlements.


  • Natural environment

    The CSIR contributes to environmental sustainability to help manage natural resources, improve our understanding of climate change, and promote the growth of the green economy.

  • Digital environment

    The CSIR is contributing to the creation of an inclusive and dynamic information society.