Welcome to National Science and Technology Council

The National Science and Technology Council is a statutory body through which the Government of the republic of Zambia directs policy on the development and application of science and technology in the country. It was established by the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997.

Science and Technology in Zambia is guided by the National Policy on Science & Technology.

The broad objective of NSTC, as stipulated in the S&T Act No. 26 of 1997 is to promote science and technology so as to improve the quality of life in Zambia.






2018 – 2020

The Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Higher Education created the Strategic Research Fund (SRF). The Fund is administered through a Fund Management Committee at the Ministry of Higher Education and implemented by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The Fund supports basic and applied research prescribed under national priority areas. The SRF mainly targets public and private Research and Development (R&D) Centres and Institutions, in order to streamline research and development and to effectively rationalize research resources.

In furthering the objective of the SRF, the NSTC has entered into collaborative engagements with the Fundo Nacional de Investigação (National Research Fund, FNI) of Mozambique and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) of Germany in order to facilitate and foster collaborative research work between research teams from Germany, Mozambique and Zambia. In this regard, NSTC, FNI and DFG have issued a call for joint project proposals for the funding period 2018 – 2020 in the field of Agriculture and Livestock Sciences. Collaborations of research teams from these Countries are invited to submit bilateral or trilateral proposals with at least one partner in Germany and one partner in Mozambique or Zambia respectively.

The following are the thematic areas of focus:

  • Crop Sciences (including plant breeding, plant genetics and genomics, plant health, crop production)
  • Livestock Sciences (including animal breeding, genetic improvement of livestock, livestock production, animal nutrition, livestock health and veterinary medicine)
  • Agro-Ecological Systems in Zambia and Mozambique including Socio-Economic aspects

The Information for Researchers (Call for Proposals No. 88, 21st December 2017) as well as the Joint Project Description Template for submission of proposals can be downloaded from the following links:

  1. Information for Researchers (Call for Proposals No. 88) [Click to Download]
  2. Joint Project Description Template [Click to Download]
  3. SRF Guidelines [Click to Download]

Contact at NSTC:
Administrative Inquiries: Mr. Filipo Zulu, fzulu@nstc.org.zm
Projects Service: Ms. Atridah Mulonga, amulonga@nstc.org.zm
Electronic Copies of Completed Template must be sent to: nstc@nstc.org.zm