NSF at a glance

The National Science Foundation functions under the purview of the Ministry of Education. The organization was initially established as the National Science Council (NSC) in 1968 (Act No. 09 of 1968). NSC was restructured as the Natural Resources, Energy and Science Authority (NARESA) in 1982 (Act No. 78 of 1981). After 16 years of service, NARESA was reorganized as the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1998 by Act No. 11 of 1994.

While Keeping with its mandate and aligning with the National Policies and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), NSF is progressing with encouragement and guidance of the Chairman, Director General and the Board of Management. 

As a competent and capable Institute, with a Team leading the way in exploring and adopting new technological tools, techniques, and practices, NSF is dedicated to promote Science, Technology and Innovation for the economic and social prosperity of Sri Lanka. The NSF Team operates across many areas, with a focus on providing thought leadership and direction, by establishing and promoting best practices on research and development to provide appropriate recommendations and supporting science education in specific focus areas considered critical. For the success of the overall organization, the NSF is supported through a popular management philosophy “knowledge-creating” company, of which the sole business is continuous innovation. The staff is committed in delivering productive output. 

Vission and Mission


To be the nation’s premier driving force in promoting Science, Technology & Innovation for economic and social prosperity of Sri Lanka”


Initiate, facilitate and support research, development, innovation and technology transfer through funding, knowledge creation, capacity building, partnerships, information dissemination and popularizing science so as to;

  • create a knowledge driven society and economy, efficiently and effectively, and
  • contribute to improve the quality of life and standard of living of our people, whilst nurturing a competent staff and ensuring transparency, accountability, fairness, equity and principles of sustainability.
Strengthening National Research, Development and Innovation Eco-System

Strengthening National Research, Development and Innovation Eco-System

The National Science Foundation (NSF) of Sri Lanka plays a pivotal role in supporting and strengthening the National Research, Development, and Innovation Ecosystem to promote wealth creation and ensure the wellbeing of the citizens of Sri Lanka. NSF, as a key government organization, has designed its programmes and initiatives to contribute to this endeavor at three different levels. Read more


Painting Art credit : Mr Muditha Padukkage, National Science Foundation