The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a parastatal organization affiliated with the government of Tanzania. It was created by an act of the Parliament of Tanzania in 1986 as a successor to the Tanzania National Scientific Research Council. The Commission is a subsidiary institution to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Main offices are located in Dar es Salaam
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The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) today has interviewed contestants of the Tanzania Award for Scientific and Technological (TASTA) Achievements. The TASTA award is given to Tanzanians who have made scientific or technological discoveries, inventions,¬ innovations or adaptations which have relevance to the socio-economic development of the country..


COSTECH Acting Director of Innovation and enterpreneurship competativeness, Dr Dugushilu Mafunda gives the opening remarks before the interview of TASTA contestants

The TASTA ecretariet go through Curriculum Vitae of all TASTA contestants. The application of TASTA awards includes a short curriculum vitae, institutional profile, description of the use of which the achievement has been put or is likely to be put, it’s likely impact on socio-economic development or on scientific or technological knowledge and an outline of the claim, which may include the state of the art, the inventive/innovative step, drawings, designs, illustrations, photographs or provision of a prototype

Grassroot Innovator,Bellington Gamaliel Lymo explains to the Secretariet how his invention of water lense works

Grassroot Innovator,Bellington Gamaliel Lymo  from Morogoro demonstrates how his simple Microscope made of  water lens works

Seniour Research Officer  at  COSTECH, Dr Afua Mohamed, justifies the innovation  of a simple microscope which uses water lens  from  Bellington Gamaliel Lymo from Morogoro.

Mr Justin Mungure from Arusha explains to the panelists how he deserve to get the TASTA award.Mrb Mungure discovered a Tractor which uses Motorcycle engine to cultivate 3 hectares per day.That tractor uses uses only 3 petroleum liters per one hectare .Application for the TASTA can be made individually or by institution and submitted to COSTECH..


H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania launched the National Preparations for the Dialogue on the 29th May, 2012.

The Dialogues began as a platform for scientists to meet and discuss Scientific and Technological issues that were relevant all over the world. The changing geo political space, the shrinking of the globe and increasing interconnectedness and interdependence made the idea of a sustainable open forum to discuss global topical issues a necessity. Thus the Smart Partnership Dialogues persevered.

COSTECH Goes Digital in Science Research and Management


THE Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) has gone digital in managing research registration, proposal submission and review for researchers who apply for grants from the institution.

 The Commission’s Director of Social Sciences, Dr Francis Mwaijande said at the review of the National Research Information System that in order to effectively coordinate research and related activities, the developed platform will be useful for research clearance and management.

“We need to make sure we have credible research database in the country. To have this, we had to establish a group of reviewers from which we expect high performance when coming to reviewing the research proposals.

We hope that this online tool will help simplify the process,” he added. In the last five years, the government has been committing 1 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) yearly to research and development.

Dr Mwaijande noted that it was part of fulfilling the COSTECH mandate which is to coordinate and promote research and technology development activities in the country.

Giving the overview of the research management system, the Commission’s Director of Life Sciences, Dr Flora Tibazarwa said that initially, the call for proposals was done in an analogy format but moved to an online submission, review and management in order to reduce time, risks, cost and also save the environment.

Dr Tibazarwa acknowledged universities and R&D institutions for agreeing to share information and resources so that research activities are carried in a scientific way.

She also said that the research database will help the Commission to point areas that need to be leveraged at the same time exposes She added,  ”Some of our researchers are doing great things but they are hidden. The database will tell who is doing what and also expose what research infrastructure is available and where.”Apart from establishing an online system, COSTECH was challenged to seek for more research funds rather than depending the ones from the government.

In response, Dr Nicolas Nyange, the then Acting Director of Research Coordination and Promotion pointed out that COSTECH has since tried to solicit research funds from other sources, including Tanzania, Sweden and Netherlands (TASENE), a network that aims at enhancing scientific excellence and strengthening research collaboration between Europe and Africa, on the basis of equality in research support and research management for post-doctoral programmes.

Dr Nyange also mentioned that in collaboration with the South Africa’s Research Africa, COSTECH has highly ventured its strength to solicit funding opportunities from various STI sectors and avail them to Tanzanian researchers and scientists who wish to apply on competitiveness basis.

The training was a reaction towards last year’s call for proposals that the COSTECH advertised. Having reviewed some of the proposals, a team of consultants recommended capacity building to Tanzanian researchers and scientists so that they can be shown where things went wrong, hence be able to write the best proposals that can attract funds from within and outside the country.



Tanga Regional Commissioner, Chiku Gallawa visited COSTECH today. The aim of her visit was to invite COSTECH to participate in the Regional Investors Forum which is to be organized soon this year. The Regional Commissioner has some discussions with COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda on how to use Research, Science, Technology and Innovation to attract different investments in the region. 

Tanga Regional Commissioner Chiku Gallawa(center) talks to COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda(left) on the need to encourage enterpreneurship among Tanga residents through opportunities available in the region such as Land,Tourism,Trade,Fishing etc.Together with them is Mwana Amani (right) ,Personal Assistant in the Tanga regional office.

Tanga Regional Commissioner Chiku Gallawa describes the potentialities of the Tanga region as a border City with excellent strategic infrastructure, supported by services of the 2nd largest port in Tanzania (Tanga Port), Railway line, good tarmac roads, which serves the Northern regions and hinterland effectively. 

Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda(left) in a tete-a-tete with the  Tanga Regional Commissioner Chiku Gallawa  today at COSTECH offices

Call for Applications for University Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration Trip to Finland, November 2013

There is a Call for Applications for Tanzanian participants for a knowledge exchange and partnership-creation trip between Tanzanian and Finnish universities along areas relevant to TANZICT scheduled for November 2013. For application, visit here.


Today 26th August 2013 Sante Nyambo,a young female Tanzanian student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology visited COSTECH. Among other things, Sante Thomas Nyambo  had a chance to share her amazing story about school life from Olympio to Mzizima seconday schools.She also explained how she managed to  concentrate and put efforts  in science subjects and being able to join the best science Institute in the World

Sante Thomas Nyambo explains to COSTECH Public relations officer how it feels for a young girl like her with only 22 years old to study in the Best Technology Institute in the World.She calls  on all Tanzanian students to put efforts in science subjects as science subject  provide solutions to many problems in the World.She also encourages other students in Tanzania to join MIT as she is still the only student from Tanzania at MIT. 

Sante Nyambo with her Mom Emmy Thomas Nyambo smile after visiting COSTECH today.Sante Nyambo studies Civil Engineering in America and she leaves for America on  31st August 2013

Sante Nyambo poses for a photo outside COSTECH building today

Sante Nyambo poses for a photo outside COSTECH building today

Sante Thomas Nyambo(left) in a photo with a COSTECH Public relations Officer


Dear TAAS Fellows
Mr Hans Hagen from the Royal Society who is overseeing the scientific research awards from Leverhulme – Royal Society Africa Awards will be visiting TAAS on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. On the 27. 8. 2013 at 2 pm in the afternoon at COSTECH conference hall, he will provide a presentation on the overview on the Royal Society, homing in on two capacity building programmes from UK. The title will be : “Royal Society Funding opportunities for African scientists”. It is an opportunity to update on the Leverhulme Royal Society African research funds awards and the outcomes of the new DFID funded initiative. You are invited to attend this meeting and inform any young
scientists in your organizations or associations including COSTECH, universities and research organizations who are interested as they
are also invited to attend. Please let us know if you will attend despite the short notice

With best regards

A P Nanyaro, PhD, FTAAS, R eng
Executive Director TAAS


By Theophil Laurian Pima

On 21st  August 2013 President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete announced a major reshuffle of permanent secretaries, promoting 10 deputies and dropping three others.Among the deputies promoted in that reshuffle is Dr Patrick Makungu who now becomes the permanent secretary of the ministry of Communication science and Technology.

Dr Makungu was a deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communication,Science and Technology,a post which he got after being shifted from Directing the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology (CAMARTEC) in 2008.Dr Patrick Makungu replaces  Dr Florence Turuka who has been transferred    to the Prime minister’s Office.

Announcing the changes at a news conference at State House in Dar es Salaam,the Chief Secretary Ombeni Sefue mentioned others who earn a full promotion as  Jumanne Sagini (PMO-Regional Administration and Local Government), Dr Servacius Likwelile (Finance), Mr Alphayo Kidata (Lands) ,Dr Shaaban Mwinjaka (Transport) and  Uledi Mussa (Industry and Trade).

Others are Charles Pallangyo (Health), Ms Anna Maembe (Community Development), Ms Sihaba Mkinga (Information) and Sophia Kaduma (Agriculture).

According to the Chief Secretary Ombeni Sefue,President Kikwete also moved three permanent secretaries to new portfolios and tapped Prof Sifuni Mchome from the Tanzania Commission of Universities as the new Education Permanent Secretary  in changes that saw Lands PS Patrick Rutabanzibwa stepping down voluntarily.

President Kikwete also picked 14 new deputy Permanent secretaries  and shuffled five in a decision that saw the return of the former chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Deo Mtasiwa.Dr Mtasiwa has been appointed a new deputy permanent secretary under the Prime Minister’s  Office Regional Administration and Local Government(Health).According to Chief permanet secretary,Dr Mtasiwa had been cleared the charges following investigations in 2011 relating to the doctors’ strike that paralysed medical services throughout the country.Other new deputies include Mrs Angelina Madete (Vice-President’s Office-Environment), Ms Regina Kikuli (PMO),

Those dropped were Sethi Kamuhanda from the Ministry of Information, Omar Chambo from Transport and Mrs Kijakazi Mtengwa from Community Development.

The Chief Secretary Ombeni Sefue, said the three dropped PSs will be re-assigned to other duties but were not specified. All the changes are with immediate effect.Former PS in the Prime Minister’s Office Peniel Lyimo was moved to State House where he will now assume the position of deputy chief executive for the President’s Delivery Bureau. He will specifically be in charge of the agricultural revolution department. Joyce Mapunjo replaces Dr Stergomena Tax at the East Africa Community docket.Mapunjo was formerly in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing and Dr Tax is now executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).


The science and technology department of Sichuan province of China located in the inland of Southwest China and the upper reaches of Yangtze River  today visited COSTECH and have discussions with COSTECH on the possibility to exchange knowledge and experiences in science and Technology. The science and technology department of Sichuan province of China advances the construction of innovation system, draws up and implements science and technology development plan as well as scientific programs such as key technologies R &D program, key basic research program and international science and technology cooperation programs.

The delegates of the  Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province of China listen to the English-Chinese Translator about objectives of COSTECH.COSTECH is a parastatal organization under the Ministry of Communication,Science and Technology entrusted with responsibilities of cordinating  and promoting Research,Science,technology and innovation in Tanzania


COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda(right)pays attention to the Chinese translator on how the science and technology department of Sichuan province of China operates. He is flanked by the COSTECH Director of Life Sciences Dr Frola Ismail Tibazarwa



Proffessor Yuxing Peng,the Director General for Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province in China explains the aim of his visit to COSTECH.Science and TechnologyDepartment of Sichuan Province is a comprehensive authority for the administration of science and technologyunder the leadership of Sichuan Provincial  People’s Government.



Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province of China Director General  Professor Yuxing PENG hands over a a China Silk culture present to the COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda in the COSTECH Board room today





A GROUP photo



Dr George Shemdoe,the COSTECH Principal Research Officer and the expert in intellectual properties who also  deals with grassroots innovators at the Commission, visited the India National Innovation Fund(NIF) in July 2013.After his visit, he decided to share the Indian experience to the COSTECH staff.


Dr George  Shemdoe gives details of  the National Innovation Fund of India as an autonomous organization under the Department of Science and Technology of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India.NIF  deals with grass roots innovators and traditional knowledge holders.


A cross section of COSTECH staff follow step by the step Dr Shemdoe’s Presentation



COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda, concentrates about different NIF activities which are divided into: Scouting and Documentation; Value Addition, Research and Development, Intellectual Property Management; Business Development & Micro Venture Funding and Dissemination and Social Diffusion.

Prof Clavery Tungaraza,COSTECH Director of Physical Sciences (right)listens carefully to Dr Shemdoe’s presentation on how the National Innovation Foundation of India has  systems of developing and commercializing  potential grassroots innovations through establishment  of enterprises, technology licensing  and social diffusion.He is flanked by COSTECH Research Officer,Mr  Frank Makalla.Behind them is COSTECH Chief Research Officer Dr Nicholaus Nyange