International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD)


The International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD) located at the CSIR Head Quarters, New Delhi spearheads CSIR's linkages with international scientific & technical agencies abroad for carrying out collaborative and contract research in frontier areas of science and technology. ISTAD has been playing a pivotal role in identifying and nurturing CSIR's global partnerships in the cutting edge areas of research and development which span more than 46 world class agencies across 35 countries around the globe.

CSIR-ISTAD Mission Statement

“To develop and execute a focused, proactive and sustainable approach for international S&T collaborations that would maximize the intellectual benefits to CSIR and it’s people for catalyzing industrial & societal development and enhance CSIR’s business portfolio & potential thereby positioning CSIR internationally as a major provider of S&T expertise/services for the developing and least developed countries and building bridges of friendships internationally through science and technology (S&T) diplomacy.”


The functions of the CSIR - International S&T Affairs Directorate (CSIR-ISTAD) inter alia include

  • Acting as a nodal point for positioning CSIR in the international S&T arena;
  • Facilitating transfer of CSIR knowhow and technologies abroad especially in the neighboring countries and the developing countries for creating solutions for common good;
  • Reinforcing S&T base in the developing countries by providing advanced explore/training as well as research and higher education opportunities to their researchers;
  • Assisting CSIR in making its scientific & technological knowledgebase internationally competitive through building international scientific and technological networking and collaborations, twinning of institutions and similar other initiatives;
  • Assisting CSIR system in scouting for, and pinpointing, the very latest of internationally competitive scientific and technological advances and breakthroughs of relevance to India, that should mold, shape and energize CSIR’s current and future research and development initiatives;
  • Building and fortifying bridges of understanding between CSIR and its major overseas science & technology partners to develop synergies and leverage CSIR’s capabilities in core areas of S&T;
  • Generating additional resources for CSIR through international project funding;
  • Vitalizing CSIR’s inputs through engineered training and retraining of its scientists in core sectors and at the same time helping exploit the enormous trainer potential of the CSIR laboratories to forge and reinforce international partnerships.

International Cooperation Activities of CSIR

CSIR promotes international S&T networking with a belief that sharing of knowledge is like international trade; both parties benefit and the total amount of knowledge exchanged is greater than the sum of knowledge actually exchanged. ISTAD plays a key role to foster and expand CSIR’s international partnerships by initiating new cooperation tools with leading international agencies across the globe, managing / supporting collaborative projects, joint / international workshops and conferences, training programs and facilitating networking through scientific visits of CSIR delegations / scientists abroad and of foreign delegations / researchers to CSIR and its research institutes.

International S&T cooperation activities of ISTAD could be divided into three broad categories, viz i) Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation; ii) International Benchmarking through Awards and Fellowships to International Peers; and iii) Human Resource Capacity Building through international exposure to CSIR scientists and technologists.

i) Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation

The international scientific and technological collaboration activities, both bilateral and multilateral, are pursued through the following modes:

  • Exchange of scientists, research scholars and specialists for the purpose of research, training, consultation and exchange of expertise.
  • Organization of bilateral scientific and technical seminars / workshops / conferences and courses on problems of mutual interest to both countries.
  • Joint identification of scientific and technical problems, formulation and implementation of joint research programs in select areas of science and technology. Exchange of knowledge, expertise and know-how resulting from the collaborative programs.
  • Setting up of joint ventures, joint laboratories or pilot stations.
  • Conducting joint studies.
  • Exchange of scientific and technical information and documentation.
Global S&T Partners

CSIR through ISTAD has concluded umbrella MoUs/Agreements with several of the world’s leading scientific agencies for bilateral and multilateral cooperation. These MoUs and Agreements along with the Working Documents, provide broad guidelines for execution of international cooperation. The active corporate level Cooperation Arrangements of CSIR with Foreign R&D Organizations are listed below:



Foreign Organization

Date of MoU/ Agreement Signing



National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)

Jan 24, 1985



Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce (DITAC), Australia

Apr 26, 1991



Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Jul 7, 2008



Deakin University (cooperation in S&T areas particularly, Mining, Alternate energy and fuels, Affordable Healthcare & Nanotechnology

May 6, 2019



Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) Bangladesh

Sep 30, 1994



National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) of the Federal Republic of Brazil

Feb 4, 2004



National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Mar 12, 1992



State Bureau of Technical Supervision of China

Jun 28, 1991 & Mar 31, 1993



Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Oct 29, 2009


Czech Republic

Czech Academy of Sciences

Sep 7, 2018



National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo

Aug 24, 2015



National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

1990, 1997, 2012, 2017, Dec 17, 2019



Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) (Research Centre Julich (FzJ) (Formerly, KFA)

Nov 25, 1974



Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG)

Oct 31, 2019



Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST)

Aug 12, 2002



The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

1991, 2007



Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR)

1995, 2012, 2015



Agency of Industrial Science & Technology (AIST)

Feb 10, 2017



Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo

Oct 29, 2018



Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Oct 29, 2018



Hiroshima University

Oct 29, 2018



Royal Scientific Society (RSS)

Apr 30, 1985


Korea (ROK)

National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST)

Jul 09, 2018



Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Nov 20, 2013



Academy of Sciences of Mongolia (ASM)

Feb 5, 1993



The National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CNRST)

Feb 21, 2018



RONAST (renamed as Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST)

Jan 6, 1994 & Jan 5, 1999



Foundation for Industrial and Technical Research


Oct 14, 2014



National Council of Science and Technology (CONCYTEC)

Feb 2, 1989



Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS)

Oct 7, 1977


Saudi Arabia

King Abdul Aziz City for Science & Technology (KACST)

Jun 12, 1997



Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)

Jun 23, 1995



International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE)

Nov 19, 2007


South Africa

CSIR, South Africa

Jul 10, 1998



National Council for Research (NCR)

Nov 04, 1985



Swiss Foundation for Technical Assistance (SFTA), Zurich

Mar 24, 1961



Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC)

Oct 10, 1990


Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu

Oct 12, 2017



Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

Oct 18, 1995,



Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)

Oct 19, 1986, Feb 24, 2015



Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)

Sep 17, 1998



Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Jan 10, 1996



National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Jul 2, 2019



Mayo Clinic

Jun 5, 2020



Vietnamese Academy of Science & Technology (VAST)

May 19, 1989



Vietnam National University (VNU), Hanoi

Nov 20, 2013

Bilateral cooperation is implemented mainly through joint research projects with CSIR primarily funding exchange visits in accordance with the MoU/Agreement. In addition, training programs / workshops / seminars are organized jointly by CSIR and the collaborating agencies.

Of the 46 above listed collaborations at least 22 cooperation programs are under active execution. Effort is being made towards reactivating some of the not so active existing cooperation arrangements. In addition, new mutually beneficial linkages with potential global partners are being explored and pursued.

In addition to the above mentioned collaborations, CSIR and its institutes have program / sector specific bilateral cooperation MoUs with many leading institutions abroad. One such example is the MoU between CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Vietnam’s National Institute of Medicinal Materials.

Also, CSIR–ISTAD manages participation of CSIR institutes in many multilateral cooperation programs. One of the ways for implementing and supporting multilateral cooperation is CSIR’s membership in the multilateral S&T organizations and networks. CSIR is presently a member of Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) and the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations (WAITRO). CSIR - ISTAD makes annual subscription to these international agencies. ISTAD encourages participation of CSIR institutes in the multilateral/regional programs under ASEAN, BRICS, BIMSTEC, EU, G8, G20, IBSA, SCO and Commonwealth frameworks. CSIR institutes are also encouraged to benefit from the programs of OPCW.

ii) Capacity Building through education and research training for the developing countries’ scholars/researchers

CSIR in association with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) offers up to 30 fellowships per year to the scholars from developing countries for conducting PhD / postdoctoral research studies in CSIR Institutes. Two types of fellowships are offered: (a) Doctoral Fellowships (upto 4 years) and b) Postdoctoral Fellowships (upto 1 year). While TWAS meets the cost of international travel, CSIR takes care of the stay of research scholars in India.

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Also, CSIR institutes having state-of-the-art training facilities in terms of expertise, vast infrastructure, modern equipment, latest instrumentation, pilot plants and design facilities provide specialized training on request from Indian / foreign institutions/industry. In addition, CSIR institutes offer hundreds of structured training programs every year for foreign nationals under various programs of DST, DBT, SAARC-PTB and MEA-ITEC.

iii) Human Resource Development through training/fellowship opportunities for CSIR Scientists at centers of excellence abroad

ISTAD has been managing the in-house fellowship program of CSIR ’Raman Research Fellowships’ that provides exposure of the global centers of excellence to young and bright scientists of CSIR. Raman Research Fellowships (RRF) are granted to CSIR Scientists and technologists below the age of 45 years, with PG in engineering or PhD in Science, for carrying out research in the emerging / high priority areas of CSIR in reputed institutions / R&D centers of excellence abroad. Under the scheme currently a total of 54 man-months, divided among up to 12 scientists, are available annually. The Fellows are provided with roundtrip international travel, monthly fellowship of US$ 2500, a supplementary grant of US$ 1000 for participation in conferences / visiting institutions of excellence in the host country and a contingency / preparatory allowance of US$ 1000.

Why Cooperate with CSIR India

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, CSIR India, known for its cutting edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization. Having a pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centers, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units being manned by over 3500 active scientists supported by over 6000 scientific and technical personnel. CSIR conducts research that advances the knowledge, fuels economic growth, caters to strategic needs of the country and achieves societal welfare. These activities encompass a wide spectrum of science and technology – from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, minerals & materials, housing & structures aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.

CSIR has maintained the tradition of delivering world-class technologies. A strong patent portfolio in select technology domains has made CSIR the Pioneer of India’s intellectual property movement. CSIR India caters to the technological needs of Indian as well as foreign industries based in India and abroad. Over the years CSIR has developed a vast array of innovative products, processes and technologies for its global partners in Germany, France, USA, UK and many other countries. CSIR provides technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts including environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, and farm and non-farm sectors. The new knowledge generated by CSIR can be accessed through its research publications; in 2019 to its credit CSIR had 5277 publications in scientific journals, many of which appeared on the cover page of leading journals.

CSIR India is among the global R&D leaders and has intrinsic strengths to provide

  • S&T expertise and knowledgebase in the development process through effective collaborations
  • Contract research facilities and expertise
  • Consultancy services
  • Human Resource Development opportunities (research apprenticeship, research and education scholarships, enrolment in PhD programs)

For any query and additional information and for building cooperation linkages with CSIR India please write to:

  • Chief Scientist and Head
  • International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD)
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Anusandhan Bhavan, 2, Rafi Marg,
  • New Delhi 110 001
  • Tel: +91-11-23736212; Fax: +91-11-23739041
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