At CSIRO, we solve the greatest challenges using innovative science and technology.
Our value to the Australian economy is massive. Our proud legacy invented fast Wi-Fi, Aerogard and polymer banknotes. Today we’re helping to find the first gravitational waves in space, growing gluten-free grains, 3D-printing body parts and pioneering new renewable energy sources, just to name a few.
The estimated present value of benefits from our work is around $3.2 billion per year. This is almost three times our total annual budget and more than four times the funding provided by the Australian Government.
This year, we worked with 1750 private industry customers, including 400 major Australian companies, more than 1060 Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs), and 280 overseas corporations.
With more than 1800 patents, we are Australia’s largest patent holder. This ever-increasing wealth of intellectual property is a vast source of commercial opportunity and has already resulted in more than 150 spin-off companies, with many more to come.
For around a century we have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in science and technology. But it’s tomorrow’s innovations that excite us – wearable technology that alerts a doctor when you are sick, diets based on your DNA and so much more.
With more than 5000 experts based in 59 centres, extensive local and international networks, and a burning desire to get things done, we are Australia’s catalyst for innovation and a global force in transforming imagination into reality.
Everything we do is focused on creating measurable economic, environmental and social benefits that better our world and Australia’s place in it.
We operate through three lines of business:
- Impact science: Nine national research business units with focus on the biggest challenges facing the nation.
- National Facilities and Collections: We manage infrastructure and biological collections for the benefit of research and industry.
- CSIRO Services: Commercial, customer-centric products and services for industry, government and the community.
CSIRO. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.