The Statutory Governing Council is made up of a chairman and 21 members. They /these include representatives of selected Ministries (Food and Agriculture, Health, Trade and Industries, Environment, Education, Science and Technology), the Universities various production and commercial association (Mines, Industry, Commerce, Engineers), Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Development Planning Commission, CSIR Directors, Senior Staff of CSIR, among others. The CSIR Acts requires that 40 percent of the membership of the council be drawn from the private sector. The Council is answerable to the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, and Innovation (MESTI).
The Executive Head of the CSIR is Dr. Victor K. Agyeman, the Director-General. The Director-General is assisted by Dr. (Mrs.) R. E. M. Entsua Mensah, the Deputy Director-General responsible for Research and Development (R&D), and four (4) Corporate Directors, namely: Director of Administration and Secretary to Council, Director of Finance, Commercial Director and Director of Internal Audit.
The Director-General is the Chief Executive of the CSIR.
Functions of the Director-General include: policy issues; co-ordination; monitoring & evaluation; external relations including technical aid scheme and technical agreement; lobbying and advocacy and CSIR relations.
The Deputy Director-General is responsible to the Director-General for overseeing the development and execution of the research and development activities of the thirteen (13) institutes of the CSIR as well as the Council’s programmes and projects; assists the Director-General in setting the research priorities of the Council in line with Government policy and acts for the Director-General in his / her absence.
Director of Administration
The Director of Administration is responsible to the Director-General for oversight /day-to-day administration of the Head Office including authorization of administration of administrative expenditure /remuneration management; Council matters including secretaryship to Council; human resource management of the CSIR; Communication of policies to Institutes; and monitoring policy implementation.
Director of Finance
Director of finance is to advice the Director-General on all matters relating to Finance and Accounting; to advise the Directors of the Institutes of the Council on Financial and Accounting matters; advise on the preparation and submission of Annual, Personnel Emolument, Administrative Service and Development Estimates and Balance Sheet of the Council after all accounts of the Institutes have been audited by the external Auditors.
Director of Commercialization
The Director of Commercialization is to advice the Director-General on all issues relating to commercialization; to oversee all operations of Commercialization and Information Division of the Institute (CIDs) in terms of strategy development and implementation; oversee marketing orientation and training programmes; supervise the activities of Marketing officers /Public Relations Officers; provision of pricing and costing information; corporate image building and S&T popularization.
Director of Audit
The Director of Audit is to establish policies for auditing activity and direct /Technical and administrative functions. Develop and execute comprehensive audit programmes to evaluate internal controls over all of the Institute’s activities; Co-ordinate audit planning and other internal audit activities, and liaises with Council’s external auditors.
The legal Officer is responsible to the Director-General for all legal and quasi-legal matters relating to the rights and obligations of the Council; advise the Directors of the Council on all legal and quasi-legal matters in respect of rights, obligation and on matters relating to labour disputes and discipline; Revising existing rules and regulation; drafting contracts; writing of legal opinion for the Director-General and Directors of various Institute; advising on patent laws; handling court cases on behalf of the Council before the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice; and Liaising with the Council’s external Solicitors.
Through collaboration with international scientific organization, CSIR has become the research hub that houses various scientific research organizations including;
• Ghana Office- International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
• Africa Regional Office- The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)
• International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
The CSIR is mandated to perform the following function among others:
• To pursue the implementation of government policies on scientific research and development;
• To advise the sector Minister on scientific and technological advance likely to be of importance to national development;
• To encourage coordinated employment of scientific research for management, utilization and conservation of the natural resources of Ghana in the interest of development;
• To encourage the national interest scientific and industrial research of importance for development of Agriculture, health, medicine, environment, technology and other service sectors and to this end to encourage close linkage with the productive sectors of economy;
• To coordinate all aspects of scientific research in the country and to ensure that the Council, the research institutes of the Council and other organization engaged in research in Ghana, coordinate and cooperate in their research effort;
• To exercise control over the research institutes and projects of the council and to have power after consultation with the Minister to create reconstitute, merge or dissolve any institute, Centre, unit or project of the council;
• To review, monitor and periodically evaluate the work of the institutes administered by the Council in order to ensure the research being carried out by the institute directly benefits identified sectors of the economy and is within the national priorities;
• To institute a system of contract research to ensure that research being carried out in the council is relevant and cost effective;
• To encourage and promote the commercialization of research results;
• To undertake or collaborate in the collation, publication and dissemination of the results to research and other useful technical information;
• To organize and control services and facilities available to the Council and generally to manage the properties of the Council;
• To coordinate human resource development in institute of the council and encourage the training of scientific personnel and research workers through the provision of grants and fellowships;
• To cooperate and liaise with international and local bodies and organizations, in particular, the Universities and the private sector on matters of research; and
• To perform such other functions as may be determined by the Minister.
CSIR Research Institutes
The CSIR currently operates under the CSIR Act 521 of 1996. It consists of a Head Office and Thirteen (13) Research Institutes spread nationwide. Each institute has a specific mandate to generate and apply innovative technologies, which efficiently and effectively exploit science and technology in its Research and Development (R&D) activities, which cover the broad areas of Agriculture, Industry, Agro-processing, Fisheries, Forestry, Water Resources, Building and Road Construction, Environment, Health, Natural and Social Sciences. The Head Office coordinates the research and development activities of all CSIR Institutes. The Head Office of the CSIR is located at the Airport Residential Area, Accra, off the Agostino Neto Road, Council close (opposite the Chinese Embassy).
The thirteen (13) CSIR Research Institutes are headed by Directors and semi-autonomous Management Boards. The Institutes are:
• Animal Research Institute, Accra
• Building and Road Research Institute, Kumasi
• Crops Research Institute, Kumasi
• Food Research Institute, Accra
• Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Kumasi
• Institute of Industrial Research, Accra
• Institute for Scientific and Technological Information, Accra
• Oil Palm Research Institute, Kusi- Kade
• Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute, Bunso
• Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Nyankpala, Tamale
• Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Accra
• Soil Research Institute, Kwadaso, Kumasi
• Water Research Institute, Accra