Who We Are

The Global Research Alliance (GRA) is an international network of eight applied research organisations that works to promote application of science and technology to solve large scale issues facing developing countries. The alliance was formed in 2000 in Pretoria, South Africa. Today, the GRA has access to over 60,000 people across its membership.

Our vision is for a world where the application of innovative science and technology, through collaboration and co-creation, delivers access equality, improves lives, and solves global development challenges.

What We Do

The GRA uses the best science and technology to solve some of the biggest problems in the developing world. These global issues span borders, cultures and religions and require a cross-boundary response. We address these problems by:

- mobilising the creative energy of our globally and culturally diverse researchers to address global development challenges through innovation

- sharing the breadth and depth of our science and technology resources and uniting with local partners, communities, industry and collaborators

- generating and implementing appropriate, affordable and sustainable solutions with positive and lasting impact

The GRA implements these solutions through partnership-based projects. The GRA also delivers technology workshops in developing countries and advises governments of developing countries on their national innovation systems.

Our Members

Each member of the GRA is known as a mission-directed or applied research organisation - meaning the outcomes of the research will have an application in society, such as in industry or agriculture.
The eight members are leading research agencies in their home countries and by joining the GRA they are uniting skills, expertise and resources across virtually all fields of scientific endeavour to address global and future challenges.


As the world’s largest independent research and development organisation, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences.


The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the premier industrial research and development organisation in India. CSIR is a multi-disciplinary, multi-locational organisation comprising of thirty eight laboratories and over forty outreach centres. Natural resource & knowledge-base of the country, geographical and demographical advantages, energy conservation, environment friendliness, sustainability and CSIR competence will steer the direction of research. CSIR undertakes directed scientific research for its national and international clients in all conceivable areas of science and technology, except nuclear research.


CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's largest public research organisation. It conducts strategic research in a wide range of areas, including agriculture, minerals and energy, manufacturing, construction, communications and the environment. CSIRO is a trusted organisation with a proud track record of success and continues to demonstrate scientific excellence with great relevance to industry, the community and to a sustainable future. CSIRO seeks to make a difference with its research, and generate a positive and profound impact for Australia and humanity.


The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) is a private and non-profit institution. It develops, applies and disseminates research and technology-based knowledge for the Danish and international business sectors. DTI’s task is to ensure that new knowledge and technology can quickly be converted into value for customers in the form of new or improved products, materials, processes, methods and organisational structures. Its strategic focus areas are: foodstuffs and health; innovative products of the future; intelligent application of ICT; productivity and internationalisation; small and medium enterprises in the global reality; and sustainable technologies.


The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research in an international context, of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society as a whole. Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by researchers and developers at Fraunhofer has a significant impact on people’s lives. By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe. Their research activities are aimed at promoting the economic development of our industrial society, with particular regard for social welfare and environmental compatibility.

SIRIM Berhad(Malaysia)

SIRIM Berhad formerly known as the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia is a government owned company. With over forty years of experience and expertise as the government’s mandated machinery for research and technology development, SIRIM is also the national champion of quality. SIRIM focuses on discovering and developing new technologies to help businesses compete better through quality and innovation. SIRIM is recognised the world over as a global research and standards development organisation. SIRIM takes a synergistic approach to industrial development that considers the environment at every point within the commercialisation value chain.

TNO(The Netherlands)

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO’s unique position is attributable to its versatility and capacity to integrate this knowledge. TNO works for a variety of customers: governments, the small and medium enterprise sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations – working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes.


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multi-technological applied research organisation. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different world-class technologies and create new innovations, thus improving its clients’ competitiveness and competence. VTT’s applied research services cover a full spectrum of technologies, from nanomaterials and ICT to technology in the community. The service portfolio spans the entire innovation process, from technology foresight and strategic technology development to the creation of new and improved products, services, and processes.