About Us



Who We are

The Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC) was established by the Government of Zimbabwe in February 1993 under the provisions of the Research Act of 1986. SIRDC mandate is to carry out strategic research and development (R & D) for the benefit of the manufacturing, service, agricultural and mining sectors of Zimbabwe as well as to commercialize R & D outputs.

SIRDC Research Institutes

SIRDC has 12 Research & Development institutes

Biotechnology Research Institute

Application of biotechnology techniques and processes to enhance performance in agriculture, medicine and bioprocess industries.

Building Technology Institute

Technological solutions and services in the energy field to public and private institutions in Zimbabwe.

Electronics Communications Institute

Research and development in electronics & communications to provide consultancy & industrial support services to the local manufacturing & technology industries.

Environmental Science Institute

Technological services to national and regional stakeholders in order to enhance environmental performance of industrial products and services at local and international markets.

Energy Technology Institute

Technological solutions and services in the energy field to public and private institutions in Zimbabwe.

Food and Biomedical Technology Institute

Research and development in areas of Food Technology, Industrial Biotechnology and Applied Chemistry.

Geo-information & Remote Sensing Institute

Ccontributes to the achievement of sustainable environmental resource utilization in Zimbabwe and the region.

Informatics Institute

Utilizes systematic processes to provide consultancy services and training aimed at generating advanced and powerful knowledge in the areas of information, software engineering, multimedia systems, website design, computer repair and maintenance.

Metallurgical Research Institute

Research and development in mining, metallurgical, materials, foundry and other forming technologies, and to develop and commercialize a portfolio of bankable projects in the specialized area of metallurgy.

National Metrology Institute

The Custodian of National Measurement Standards, the National Metrology Institute (NMI), through high quality and traceable metrology services, supports competitiveness of Zimbabwean industrial products and services, fairness in trade, consumer protection, health and safety of human and animal life and protection of the environment.

Polymer Science Institute

Plays a pivotal role in developing polymeric materials and nanotechnology applications through Research and Development

Production Engineering Institute

Research and development expertise in the Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing, Electrical and Chemical Engineering fields.

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Zimbabwe's Technology Centre

Other complementary departments include Technology & Commercial Information Promotion System (TIPS), Food & Nutrition Council (FNC), Business Operations Unit (BOU) as well as strategic business units (SBUs): Zimbabwe Technological Solutions (ZTS) and ZTS Seeds. 

The Centre also has supporting units that include Finance; Internal Audit; Communication, Information and Public Relations; Transport/Logistics; Human Resources; Purchasing and Security. Its farming operations grow potato seed; foundation seed for its flagship Sirdamaize 113 hybrid seed; commercial maize; soya beans and sugar beans all at a commercial scale. The Centre has adopted a business approach to all its activities anchored by the Stage Gate Process with an ultimate goal of attaining financial independence.