The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has thirteen (13) research institutes and the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) is one of them. The institute was established through a UNDP project in 1988 aimed at addressing policy issues relating to transferring technology from developed to developing countries especially as in the case of Ghana. Its original name of Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) reflected the core mandate of the institute at that time. However, that name was changed to Policy Research and Strategic Planning Institute (PORSPI) in 1992 as the mandate got broadened to include other relevant research themes. Two years later in 1994, the current name was adopted to underscore the diversifying nature of its programme activities.
The Vision and Mission
The Vision of STEPRI is to become an international institution that facilitates the development, transfer, utilization and management of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) tailored to meet the specific needs of Ghana and Africa.
Currently, CSIR-STEPRI has as its primary Mission, to conduct research to provide knowledge-based information to contribute to the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for socio-economic development on the basis of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). Over the years, CSIR-STEPRI has excelled in executing its mission and mandate by addressing the following five thematic programmes:
• Monitoring and assessment of STI-related policies in the Ghanaian economy.
• Popularization of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
• Commercialization, facilitating and diffusion of local technology and innovation.
• Development and management of STI human resource and
• Adoption, assimilation and transfer of appropriate technology.
A number of development partners have been supporting CSIR-STEPRI in carrying out research in the above thematic areas. The institute acknowledges with profound gratitude international development partners especially, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, Department for International Development (DFID) of UK, the Government of The Netherlands, the World Bank, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the New Partnership for Africas Development (NEPAD), the Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Alliance for Green Revolution Africa (AGRA) , the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), among others. The Institute also collaborates strategically with international academic institutions including the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Oxford University, Brunnel University, Washington State University, UNU-MERIT, among others. These collaborations promote greater synergies and knowledge sharing for better work outputs from the institute.