R&D Advisory Committees
Internally, the Commission has established standing Committees known as Research and Development Advisory Committees, which act as the Commission think tanks on various science and technology issues in its endeavor to fulfill its mission. The Committees provide technical support on how best COSTECH carry out its activities. There a total of nine R&D Advisory Committees established. They include R&D Advisory Committee for:
1. Agriculture and Livestock
2. Natural Resources
3. Industry and Energy
4. Public Health and Medical Research
5. Environmental Research
6. Basic Sciences
7. Social Sciences
8. Development and Transfer of Technology
Membership of the different R&D Advisory Committees is presented in Annex 1. Members represent the public and private sectoral R&D institutions, government departments and civil societies with S&T and social sciences components. In this way, COSTECH embraces both the public and the private universities, government departments and major national R&D institutions affiliated to COSTECH. In addition, COSTECH services three other national technical committees. These are:
1. Tanzania Award for Scientific and Technological Achievements (TASTA)
2. National Research Clearance
3. National Fund for Advancement of Science and Technology (NFAST)
Members serving on the Commission’s R&D Advisory Committees endeavor to visit industries and R&D institutions in the country in order to compile relevant data on each institution including their progress and constraints and advise or assist to get solutions on how some of the problems could be solved so as to increase their performance.
Specifically these visits aims at; appraising the Members on the progress of research activities and other development activities tackled by the R&D institutions and industries; discussing coverage of the various projects undertaken by researchers and industrial workers and bring to their notice the recommended priority areas so that they can direct their efforts towards those areas; compiling institutional profiles which include facilities, manpower and budgets; documenting past, present and future research activities of each institution; identifying problems and suggest ways of solving them.
The expected results thereof are; updating of the inventory of past, present and planned research activities; updating the directory of researchers and their projects; updating the profile of institutions and research facilities; identifying and compiling of research problems and other constraints which can be forwarded to the Commission for further action.
Over the years visits have been made to various institutions and have resulted into comprehensive reports on the various achievements and opportunities, problems and constraints facing the institutions as well as respective recommendations to the government for necessary actions.