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Cheap, zero emission, secure energy for the world

CSIRO is leading a global collaboration by partnering with the United States’ Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories, Arizona State University and six Australian universities - with the goal of creating solar technology to supply cheap, zero emission, secure energy for Australia, and the world.

Environmentally friendly gold recovery in Nevada

Our cost-effective technology uses a non-toxic chemical to replace cyanide in gold recovery, and is increasing productivity for the world’s largest gold producer.

Blood test for Bowel Cancer

A new, more sensitive blood test for post-surgical bowel cancer recurrence, developed by CSIRO scientists, has been launched in the US.

BuildingIQ: Improving the energy efficiency of buildings

We created a technology that improves energy efficiency, reduces excessive energy consumption and is used at the Rockefeller Centre in New York.

Capturing Heterosis

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we have brought together a team of other world leading scientists from the Universities of California Davis, and Georgia in the USA, the University of Zurich, the IPK in Germany (a Leibniz Institute), Langebio in Irapuato, Mexico and DuPont-Pioneer. Millions of farmers will reap the rewards of a new project to develop self-reproducing hybrid crops. Such crops could sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Extended  wear contact lenses for healthier eyes

Extended wear contact lenses are providing comfort for millions of contact lens wearers around the world.

Sight saving science

We’ve developed, and have trialled, new technology to enable remote delivery of specialist eye care to Indigenous and older Australians living in rural and remote areas. After achieving such successful results in Australia, CSIRO has licensed Remote-I to a Silicon Valley spin-off TeleMedC, which plan to take the technology to the US and world market as part of its 'EyeScan' diagnostic solution.

Glowing fingerprints to fight crime

Fingerprint identification has been used as a key method by law enforcement and forensic experts for over 100 years. Our new method for making invisible fingerprints glow could help the law catch up with the ‘bad guys’.

NASA mission a game changer for coral reef science

New technology created at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will survey the Great Barrier Reef with help from CSIRO’s National Marine Facility in more detail than ever before, providing valuable information that will help scientists mitigate against change.

Controlling the global spread of rotavirus with a vaccine

We are supporting not-for-profit global health organisation PATH in their rotavirus vaccine development project, benefiting communities globally.

Spray-on topcoat for Boeing aircraft

Our cost-effective topcoat technology is reducing environmental impact and improving worker safety in the aviation industry.

Solving some of Australia’s toughest challenges with GE

Our partnership with GE has led some of the greatest innovations of the last century. We continue to engineer innovative solutions to tackle global challenges in resources, energy, healthcare, materials and ICT.


Our US and global partners have enabled us to tackle scientific and commercial challenges.