The Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is the National Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation Institution under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. It was established in 1979 under the Science and Technology Act Cap.250, Laws of Kenya (which has since been repealed by the Science, Technology and Innovation Act, 2013), as a multidisciplinary Institution to conduct Research and Development in Industrial and Allied Technologies.
Vision: To be a Centre of Excellence in Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation
Mission: To undertake Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation and disseminate findings that will have positive impact on National Development
VALUES are integral part of any organization’s culture, which in turn create a sense of identity, belonging, direction and purpose. In our quest for timely provision of quality services we shall be guided by the following core values as articulated in our strategic plan (2010-2015).
- Customer focus
- Innovativeness and creativity
- Integrity and professionalism
- Partnerships and teamwork
- Environmental Protection
The mandate of the Institute is derived from the Institution’s functions set out under Section 14 of the Science and Technology Act, Cap 250, Laws of Kenya (now repealed). These are:
- To carry out research and development in the fields specified in the Fifth Schedule of the Act, namely-: Industrial and allied Technology including Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Textile Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mining, Power Resources, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Food Technology, Ceramics and Clay Technology
- To Co-operate with other organizations and institutions of higher learning in training programmes on matters of relevant research
- To liaise with other research bodies within and outside Kenya carrying out similar research.
- To disseminate research findings
- To co-operate with the responsible Ministry, the Council and the relevant Research Committee, in matters pertaining to research policies and priorities
- To do all such things as appear to be necessary, desirable or expedient to carry out its functions