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Our purpose as Australia's national science agency is to solve Australia's greatest challenges through innovative science and technology – it's what we've been doing for the past 100 years.

Mission driven science

As one of the world's largest mission-driven multidisciplinary science and research organisations, we are focusing on the issues that matter the most: for our quality of life, for the economy and for our environment.

When we all focus on the big things that really matter, Australian science and technology can solve seemingly impossible problems, and create new value for all Australians.

Seize the opportunity

Partnership required

"There has never been a more important time for partnership, because now more than ever, we need big, visionary programs that shift the needle." Dr Larry Marshall, CSIRO Chief Executive.

As Australia rebuilds following the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a once in a generation opportunity to bring together broad coalitions around bold visions that reimagine our economies, our approach to health and wellbeing, and our environments.

To help seize this opportunity and tackle our greatest challenges we are co-developing missions. Missions are large-scale, impact focussed scientific and collaborative research initiatives aimed at making significant breakthroughs with a tangible end goal. They work towards solving our identified key challenges.

By coming together around shared goals, we can align research and development efforts occurring around the country to achieve more at a challenging time

To join us or learn more about the opportunity, please contact us.

Our progress

What our partners say

“This is a great collaborative opportunity for SmartSat and the CSIRO to work together in enhancing our national capability and thus contributing towards meeting one of Australia’s major challenges and transforming our industries – We are excited to be partnering with CSIRO and the Missions Program.”
- Prof Andy Koronios, Chief Executive Officer SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre

"Great science starts with a vision, but vision alone is insufficient. The vision has to be backed by real commitment.  That's what the CSIRO missions are all about, and I hope their rallying call is heard far and wide."  
- Prof Alan Finkel, Australia's Chief Scientist

“ANU looks forward to working with CSIRO and its partners to co-design and deliver a national effort to help address some of the globe’s greatest challenges. At this moment, collaborative effort has never been more needed, and ANU will happily answer the call.”
- Prof Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University

“Missions set out a vision for Australia in a future we all can believe in – sustainable and science-led. The Missions are about coming together and using CSIRO science to make the most of Australia’s potential and having a positive impact on the world in light of the challenges we all face."
- Nick Hazell, v2food Founder and CEO

“The CSIRO Board fully endorses this Mission-led strategy and is committed to supporting the talented scientists and researchers at CSIRO, our universities and industry partners to work together on these challenges for the good of our Nation in these challenging times.”
- David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO

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