"Partner in Science across the seas"


According to the Science and Technology Development Act No.11 of 1994 one of the main functions of the NSF is to foster the interchange of scientific information among scientists in Sri Lanka and foreign countries. Accordingly, the International Affairs Division plays a major role in liaising scientists in Sri Lanka and abroad. The Division promotes and assists Sri Lankan scientists to partner with global S&T organizations for R&D activities. The Division facilitates Sri Lankan scientists attaining high level of excellence in research work through global networks and thereby training, capacity building and skill development. The Division also ensures that Sri Lankan Scientists are benefited from bilateral and multilateral cooperation between institutions abroad. Hence this division facilitates making Sri Lanka part of the global value chain, leveraging Science, Technology, Innovation (STI) performance to yield socio-economic impact by tapping the global talent pool and enhance global prominence of the Sri Lanka’s STI landscape.

Key programmes/activities

  • Facilities local research institutions and universities to collaborate with the international research institutions
  • NSF Digital Platform for tapping the expatriate talent pool for national development
  • Facilitate cross boarder transfer of cutting-edge knowledge
  • Facilitate abroad training/capacity building of researchers
  • Explore international funding opportunities, fellowships/awards and timely dissemination to local research community
  • Facilitate partnerships with expatriates and industry
  • Facilitate UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme

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Dr. Shantha Siri (Head of the Division)
Principal Scientific Officer
Ext : 155
Email: shantha@nsf.gov.lk

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