Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
The CSIR in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and
implementation organisations in Africa. The Council transfers the knowledge generated through research
activities by means of technology and skilled people. The CSIR is a SABINA node.
The CSIR is actively involved various aspects of SABINA and POL-SABINA, particularly those
involving IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) and IKS (Indigenous Knowledge Systems)
through NEPAD-SANBio, and research and student supervision through the Biosciences Unit.
The CSIR is also jointly responsible, with the Universities of Pretoria and the Witwatersrand,
for the development of the Virtual Research Environment (VRE).
The CSIR Biosciences Unit has an active bio-prospecting research group that adds maximum value to
South Africa's bio-resources and indigenous knowledge systems. The major research activities focus on
the discovery and development of drugs, herbal medicines, food ingredients, and nutraceuticals based on
medicinal plants. Included is the isolation and elucidation of biologically active natural compounds, new
molecular scaffolds, lead molecule optimization, and a systems biology approach to drug target
identification and validation.
The SABINA PhD and MSc Students have access to the CSIR Biosciences Unit's equipment