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Who We Are

The National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) has made a place for itself as the premier research institute nationally, regionally and Internationally. The institute formerly known as the National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR) is a government institution under the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). The institution was established by the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997 through Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 73 of 1998 after the repeal of the National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR) Act CAP 236 of the Laws of Zambia.

The need for national development to be founded on scientific and technology base has been the driving force for the continued government support to research institutions such as NISIR.

Our Functions

  1. To conduct and promote scientific , technological and industrial research in Zambia;
  2. To carry out research in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic engineering, Nuclear science, Biotechnology, Water resources, Chemical engineering, Industrial chemistry, Food science, Material science and Natural products, Information science, Cartographic and Location analysis.
  3. Liaise with other research bodies within and outside Zambia conducting similar research activities;
  4. co-operate with other organization and institutions of higher learning in training programmes and other matters relevant to research;
  5. To develop and maintain a vibrant relation with the business sector
  6. Disseminate research findings

Our Goal

"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".

Our Vision

"To be a centre of excellence in scientific, technological and industrial research in Zambia by 2030".

Mission Statement

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


NISIR’s Water and Environment Research Team entered into an MoU with the Groundwater Resources Management Support Programme (GReSP).

NISIR’s Water and Environment Research Team entered into an MoU with the Groundwater Resources Management Support Programme (GReSP). The MoU will see the two parties conduct a review of the existing water quality studies and data of Lusaka in order to compile the available data and describe the overall status and trends of water quality in Lusaka. The review is necessitated by the need for the many studies and existing data to be collated into a single and easily accessible article for improved decision-making in the water sector.
The main output of the study is a review article to be published in an open access international scientific journal. This will enable various stakeholders have knowledge of water quality studies of Lusaka and derive a state of knowledge about water quality in Lusaka. The review will also contribute to Improved understanding of water quality issues and identification of trends and specific knowledge gaps in Lusaka.

Labour Day Celebration

NISIR on 1st May 2021 participated in the Labour Day celebrations in-house due to the covid 19 restrictions and as per the Ministry of Labour guidelines. The theme of this year's "Labour day was industrialization through productivity descent work and sustainable economic development amid Covid 19",
The Executive Director, Dr Henry Kambafwile' highlighted on the theme to be in line with the mandate for NISIR , stating that it resonates well with NISIR''s mandate to contribute to national development through industrial research and development, therefore NISIR should spearhead the Industrial Scientific Research amid covid 19.

Board Appointment

The Board of the National Institute For Scientific And Industrial Research (Nisir) wishes to inform its sister institutions, partners and the general public of the appointment of Dr. Henry Kambafwile as its new Director / Chief Executive Officer effective 3rdMarch, 2021.

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Zambia Launches Nuclear Policy

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Zambia on Friday 18th December 2020 launched a nuclear policy meant to provide guidance to the country's national nuclear program. Dr. Mushimba stated that nuclear science was a prerequisite as it was worldly approved and applied in various economic sectors and the launch of the document was a clear testimony for the provision of direction on how to maximize economic benefits for Zambia to remain competitiveness through a sustainable implementation roadmap.

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“Hon. Dr. Brain Mushimba Counsels New Board”

A new NISIR board committee was appointed in 2020 by the Minister of Higher Education in exercise of the power entrusted in him as Honourable Minister responsible for Science and Technology and according to part IV of the Science and Technology act no. 26 of 1997, constituted the management board of NISIR. He congratulated and wished the team all the best as they superintend over the affairs of NISIR. Honourable Mushimba was happy especially that it was a unique board with an addition of 5 qualified competent ladies who have recorded competence in their qualifications. Minister Mushimba noted that the crop of think tanks hired are coming with a sound backdrop of finance and accounting, engineering, and the business sector.

The New board members are Judith Lungu, Hildah Silavwe, Mizimo Musokotwane, Filipo Zulu, Jane Chinkusu, Happy Musumali and Namakau Siyanga.

Enhancing Capacity to Assess Environmental Radioactivity in Africa. A Training Through IAEA

Among the participants that took part in the training on “enhancing capacity to assess environmental radioactivity in Africa” through IAEA training on sample collection and pre-treatment in Kenya is Mr. Phillimon Shaba working under the Energy Development Research Center (EDRC).“Zambia is a landlocked country with many freshwater rivers and lakes.

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Our Mandate as NISIR

  • Conducting and Promote scientific, technological and Industrial research in Zambia in the fields of food science, engineering, nuclear science, textile technology, biotechnology, energy resources, water resources, industrial chemistry, animal production, material science and natural products.

  • Liaise with other research bodies within bodies within and outside Zambia conducting similar research; co-operate with other organization and institutions of higher learning in training programmes and other matters relevant to research;co-operate and liaise with industry

  • Mobilization financial, technical and other resources for the purpose of carrying out research

Our Collaborators and Stakeholders