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North America

In April 2017, Boeing named CSIRO as a ‘Supplier of the Year’. Our relationship with Boeing is long-standing. Since 1989, we have collaborated on more than 170 projects. CSIRO’s Data61 has partnered with Rockwell Collins and other collaborators on the US DARPA High Assurance Cyber Military Systems Program. Together, we have developed software to protect communication systems of unmanned aerial vehicles from targeted attacks. In September 2017, we opened an office in the US to build business opportunities for Australian research, build greater relationships with our North American academic peers and provide a springboard into US markets.

East Asia

In December 2016, CSIRO signed an agreement with the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science to establish the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research, which will be part of the CSIRO Climate Science Centre. The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences teamed up with CSIRO engineers in the development of the world’s largest single dish telescope, the 500-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope. CSIRO partnered with Japan’s Teijin Limited through its spin-off, The Healthy Grain, to commercialise BARLEYmax™ in Japan. To date, over 20 products with BARLEYmax™ have been released in Japan.

South-east Asia

In collaboration with the Indonesian Government, CSIRO has developed a web-based reporting tool that identifies and ranks vessels at sea across the globe associated with illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. These illegal practices harvest 26 million tonnes of fish each year worth approximately US$23 billion. CSIRO and the Malaysian non-government organisation, WorldFish, brought CSIRO’s Novacq™ prawn feed additive to the Indian Ocean Region Association. The feed additive allows smallholder farmers to enrich local feed ingredients, increase productivity and reduce the unsustainable practices of using wild fish for fish feed.

South Asia

CSIRO has been working with India’s Institute of Microbial Technology in Chandigarh and the Australian biomedical company, Axxin, to develop a portable point-of-care diagnostic tool to detect Tuberculosis. This is done from urine samples without the need for laboratory analysis. With support from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, this work will help bring accurate diagnosis of Tuberculosis to remote communities in countries like India, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.


CSIRO participates in a number of projects that are part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s €77 billion, seven-year research and development funding program, ranging from plant science and ocean ecosystems to radio astronomy and the Internet of Things. CSIRO’s European laboratory located in Montpellier, France, signed an agreement with Montpellier SupAgro to create two joint appointments on Biosecurity with a third commencing late in 2017.


In partnership with the Biosciences east and central Africa Hub (BecA) in Kenya, CSIRO is achieving development outcomes for Africa. The partnership spans multiple research projects delivered with 30 partners across seven countries (Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) to improve food safety, nutrition, animal health and build the capability of African research organisations.

Latin America

CSIRO Chile has delivered an Integrated Management System in the second biggest salmon production market in the world. CSIRO Chile has also performed advanced resource characterisation for more than ten different mining operations including companies with Australian interests, as well as building significant new capacity in priority areas such as resource modelling and mine planning expertise. In Brazil, CSIRO worked with local forestry companies to promote the development and application of models to improve decisions on plantation production, increase water-use efficiency and manage catchments and water resources.


CSIRO has entered into a memorandum of understanding with AgResearch Ltd in New Zealand to collaborate across five joint agricultural areas.

A full list of CSIRO locations is available in Appendix 5.

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