Australia, Chile, USA

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science research agency. With the slogan: “We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate” they shape the future and solve the greatest challenges using innovative science and technology. CSIRO focuses on solving real issues to unlock a better future for our community, our economy, our planet.

CSIRO’s value to the Australian economy is massive. They invented fast Wi-Fi, Aerogard and polymer banknotes. They are 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 their work is around $4.5 billion per year. This is almost three times the total annual budget and more than four times the funding provided by the Australian Government. This year, they worked with 1750 private industry customers. Including companies such as Boeing. CSIRO holds more than 1800 patents, an ever-increasing wealth of intellectual property that is a vast source of commercial opportunity already resulting in more than 150 spin-off companies.

They recently established six new Future Science Platforms as an investment in science to underpin innovation. The Future Science Platforms are designed to provide researchers with resources and opportunities to explore new scientific areas. These have the potential to reinvent and create new industries by developing new capability in leading-edge, interdisciplinary science. With more than 5000 experts based in 59 centers, extensive local and international networks, and a burning desire to get things done, CSIRO is a catalyst for innovation and a global force in transforming imagination into reality.