CSIR was established in the present form on November 26, 1996. The genesis of the Council, however, dates back to the erstwhile National Research Council (NRC), which was established by the government of Ghana in August 1958 to organize and coordinate scientific research in the country. CSIR has scientific staff strength of 3,506, including 285 PhDs.
The focus areas of CSIR are Food Security & Poverty Reduction; Biotechnology & Biomedical Science; Materials, Built Environment & Manufacturing; Electronics & ICT; Science & People/Technology for Society; Energy & Petroleum; and Climate Change & Environmental Conservation.
Apart from the research activities, CSIR offers M.Phil programmes in Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management; Soil Health and Environmental Resources Management; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Agro-Processing Technology & Bio-Sciences; Plant Breeding & Biotechnology; and Industrial Animal Nutrition and Feed Production.
CSIR has various laboratories under its 13 research institutes, including Biotechnology Laboratory; Accredited Food Science Laboratory; Quality Water Control Laboratory; Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory, etc.
CSIR has expertise in Animal Research; Building and Road Research; Crops Research; Forestry Research; Food Research; Industrial Research; Science and Technological Information; Oil Palm Research; Plant Genetic Resources Research; Agricultural Research; Science and Technology Policy Research; Soil Research; and Water Research.
CSIR is looking for research collaborations in the fields of Materials Science and Bitumen/Asphalt.