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The National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, is a government institution set up by the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997 through the Statutory Instrument No. 73 of 1998. This was after the repeal of the National Council for Scientific Research Act Cap 236 of the Laws of Zambia. The institute is located on three campuses. The headquarters is situated at Waterfalls along the Lusaka International Airport Road. The Livestock and Pest Diseases Research Centre is situated in Chilanga. The Sustainable Use of Under-utilised Genetic Resources Research Centre located in Riverside, Kitwe. The institute is governed by a Management Board consisting of seven (07) members appointed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Vocational Training (MSTVT) as stipulated in the Act for a period of three (03) years. NISIR is funded by the Government of Republic of Zambia. However, multilateral and bilateral cooperating partners fund specific projects of mutual interest. The institute with its unique laboratory facilities and experience is a leading research and development institution in Zambia. It is in a position to make significant contributions to the growth and diversification of the Zambian economy for the benefit of all citizens. The need for sustainable development requires that science and technology plays its central development role. It is, therefore, imperative that the institution takes the lead in providing research and development goods and services that address the needs of the country. To this end the mission of the institute is:-
"To be a lead institution that will effectively provide solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation through innovation, scientific and technological research".
"Effectively and efficiently undertake research and development in order to improve the quality of life of citizens".
The functions of the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research as stipulated in the Science and Technology Act of 1997 Section 4 and Statutory Instrument No. 73, are:
The composition of the Board is as follows:
The functions of the board are: