1. To conduct and promote Scientific, Technological and Industrial Research in Zambia;
  2. To carry out research in civil, mechanic, chemical, electronic and electrical engineering, nuclear science, textile technology, biotechnology, energy resources, industrial chemistry, food science, material science and natural products, information science, cartographic and location analysis
  3. To liaise with other research bodies within and outside Zambia conduction similar research activities;
  4. To cooperate and liaise with industries
  5. To develop and maintain a vibrant relation with the business sector.

" To strengthen R&D capacity in science and technology in order to meet needs of agriculture, manufacturing, health, water, ICT, energy and environment industries/ sectors. "

" To be a lead institution that will effectively provide solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation through innovation, scientific and technological research "

" To be a lead institution in providing scientific and technological solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation "

National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR)

is a government institution set up by the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997 through the Statutory Instrument No. 73 of 1998 after the repeal of the National Council for Scientific Research Act Cap 236 of the Laws of Zambia. NISIR as an Institution is funded by the government 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 and has a proven track record of developing technologies and offering quality analytical laboratory and other services that can be exploited by small and medium scale enterprises that normally have no research and development facilities of their own for mutual benefit.


The Head quarters situated in Lusaka along kenneth Kaunda international airport.
The center houses Five (05) Programes.

Animal Science Research center Located in Chilanga, and houses the following Laboratories:

  1. The Livestock Productivity and Disease Control
  2. National Biotechnology

Plant Sciences Research center is located in Riverside, Kitwe. The programme implements research in :

  1. Plant Tissue Culture Technology