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Our Mandate

Mandate and Core Functions

The mandate of Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is to undertake research, development and innovation in industrial and allied technologies and disseminate research findings to support industrial development. To achieve this mandate KIRDI implements the following functions: - 

  • Undertake research, development and innovation in industrial and allied technologies in; Civil engineering, Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering, Chemical engineering, Textile technology, Industrial chemistry, Food technology, Ceramics and clay technology, Power resources, Mining technology, Natural products technology, Leather technology, Emerging technologies and Building materials technology.

  • Develop an industrial research agenda based on indigenous technical knowledge, and contemporary and emerging issues.

  • Disseminate and facilitate the application and commercialization of research findings and technological developments.

  • Establish industrial research and technology transfer centres.

  • Establish and maintain an industrial technology depository.

  • Advise the government on all aspects of industrial research, innovation, development, technology and policy.

  • Collaborate with institutions of higher learning, professional and industrial associations, government agencies and industrial research institutions to advance technology, innovation and development.

  • Facilitate the implementation of government policies on industrial research and development.

  • Collaborate with other organizations and institutions of higher learning in the development of industrial research training programmes.

  • Perform any other function related to industrial research, innovation, technology and development.