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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research was established in its present form by NLC Decree 293 of October 10, 1968 and re-established by CSIR Act 1996 (Act 521) on November 26, 1996. However, the Council traces its ancestry to the erstwhile National Research Council NRC) which was established by Government of Ghana in August 1958 to organize and co-ordinate scientific research in Ghana.

In 1963, the NRC was merged with the former Ghana Academy of Sciences, a statutory learned society. Following a review in 1966, the Academy was reconstituted into, essentially, its original component bodies, a national research organization redesignated the CSIR and a learned society, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.


To pursue the implementation of government policies on scientific research and development;

To advise the Minister on scientific and technological advances likely to be of importance to national development;

To encourage co-ordinated employment of scientific research for the management, utilization and conservation of the natural resources of Ghana in the  interest    of development;

To encourage in the national interest scientific and industrial research of importance for development of agriculture, health, medicine, environment,  technology    and other service sectors and to this end to encourage close linkages with the productive sectors of the economy;

To co-ordinate all aspects of scientific research in the country and to ensure that the Council, the research institutes of the Council and other organisations          engaged in research in Ghana, co-ordinate and co-operate in their research efforts;

To exercise control over the research institutes, centres, units and projects of the Council and to have power after consultation with the Minister to create,        reconstitute, merge or dissolve any institute, centre, unit  or project of the Council;

To review, monitor and periodically evaluate the work of the institutes administered by the Council, in order to ensure that research being carried out by  the        institutes directly benefits identified sectors of the economy and is within the national priorities;

To institute a system of contract research to ensure that research being carried out in the Council is relevant and cost effective;

To encourage and promote the commercialization of research results;

To undertake or collaborate in the collation, publication and dissemination of the results of research and other useful technical information;

To organise and control services and facilities available to the Council and generally to manage the properties of the Council;

To co-ordinate human resources development in institutes of the Council;

To encourage the training of scientific personnel and research workers through the provision of grants and fellowships;

To co-operate and liaise with international and local bodies and organisations, in particular, the universities and the private sector on matters of research;

To perform such other functions as may be determined by the Minister;

The distinctive features of the 1996 Act which distinguish it from previous legislation on national scientific research are the emphasis accorded private sector concerns and the introduction of market principles into the Council's operations through the commercialization of research. The Council, in this connection, is expected to generate part of its income through the sale of its products and services and to institute a system of contract research.


To generate and apply innovative technologies which efficiently and effectively exploit Science and Technology (S & T) for socio-economic development in the critical areas of agriculture, industry, health and environment and improve scientific culture of the civil society. Technologies developed will be commercialized for Private Sector Development in Ghana and abroad.


using the transforming power of science and technology for wealth creation.



CSIR – Crops Research Institute

PGRRI – Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute

FRI – Food Research Institute

SRI – Soil Research Institute

SARI – Savannah Agriculture Research Institute

IIR – Institute of Industrial Research

INSTI – Institute for Scientific and Technological Information