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 after the repeal of the National Council for Scientific Research Act Cap 236 of the Laws of Zambia. NISIR is funded by the government of Zambia. However, multilateral and bilateral cooperating partners fund specific projects of mutual interest.


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:-
  • To conduct and promote Scientific, Technological and Industrial Research in Zambia
  • 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
  • To liaise with other research bodies within and outside Zambia conduction similar research activities
  • To cooperate and liaise with industries;
  • To develop and maintain a vibrant relation with the business sector.