Be the apex organization in making Sri Lanka a developed nation by 2030 through Science, Technology & Innovation.


To create an enabling environment (appropriate policies, strategies, programmes, standards, funding etc.) that promote and support an effective STI ecosystem (R&D, IPR, Quality Infrastructure etc.) to reinforce the competitive strength of our economy in the region within the sustainable development framework.

Objectives of the Ministry

  • Standards and Accreditation
  • Technology Transfer and Commercialization
  • Adoption of measures to expand demand driven research
  • Popularization of Science Innovation and Technologies

The State Ministry of Technology and Innovation plays a significant role in contribution of National Development goals specially by being able to guide Public Research Institutes to engage in demand driven research, research commercialization, promoting inventions and innovations, facilitating standards and certification etc. In order to perform this task, the Ministry continued to accord the highest priority to create a link between research, research funding and development priorities.

In terms of the assignment of subjects and functions made by H. E. the President under Article 44 (1)(a) of the Constitution and published in Gazette Extraordinary 1933/13 of 21st September 2015, the Minister of Science, Technology and Research was vested with the following subjects and functions-

  • Formulation of policies, programmes and projects, monitoring and evaluation in regard to the subjects of science, technology and research and those subjects that come under the purview of Departments, Statutory Institutions and Public Corporations vested in the Ministry
  • Provision of necessary facilities for local research and discoveries to fall in line with new discoveries made in research conducted in the fields of science and technology internationally
  • Adoption of measures to expand scientific, technical and development activities
  • Provision of facilities to research and research institutes to plan and conduct research
  • Provision of information on findings and knowledge from new research and discoveries, including nano and biotechnology, to relevant stakeholders including the business community
  • Activities related to establishment of standards and administration
  • Provision of technical assistance to research programmes conducted by research institutions under the purview of the Ministry
  • Adoption of measures to guide and motivate the community towards new discoveries
  • Implementation of research for the promotion and development of construction industry
  • Matters relating to all other subjects assigned to institutions vested in the Ministry
  • Supervision of the Organizations vested in the Ministry


Research Division

Responsibility of this division is to facilitate to prepare and implement Research and Development Strategic Framework.

International Relations Division

Responsibility of this division is to facilitate the international collaborations on Science, Technology and Innovation fields.

Planning Division

Responsibility of this division is to facilitate planning, monitoring, reviewing and reporting development activities of the Ministry and Institutions come under the Ministry.

Sri Lanka Planetarium

Responsibility of this division is to provide the most effective means of explaining astronomical phenomena, which are difficult to express with only a black board and it provides spectators with a deeper knowledge about the Universe by Planetarium shows, outdoor programs such as mobile planetarium presentations, night sky observation camps and facilitates to join Astro IT unit.


  • Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies
  • National Engineering Research and Development Centre
  • National Institute of Fundamental Studies
  • National Research Council
  • National Science Foundation
  • Sri Lanka Inventors Commission
  • National Innovation Agency (NIA)