About CDTT

The Center for the Development and Transfer of Technology (CDTT), established under Part IV of Act No.7 of 1986 of the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is the principal organ of the Commission responsible for matters related to the transfer, adaptation and development of technology including choice and assessment of technology.

The long-term goal of CDTT is to create in Tanzania an enabling environment for technology autonomy, for making independent and correct decisions on the choice of technology, its evaluation, and internalization, generation of endogenous capacity for adaptation, innovation and development of sustainable technologies.

Mandate, Mission and Core Values
Mandate of the CDTT is to coordinate and promote the development and transfer of technology in the Country.
Vision of CDTT is to lead Tanzania towards a better future through application of technological innovations.

Mission of the CDTT is to provide viable scientific and technological solution for socio-economic development in Tanzania.

The CDTT upholds the following core values:
Team work, collaborative, objective creative and team-spirited approach.
Highest standards of professionalism, accountability, transparency, integrity and appreciative.
Focused relevant and quality results.
Global Perspective.

Core Functions:

  • Formulate Policy briefs to advice the Government on matters relating to technology innovation, development, transfer and acquisition.
  • Facilitate the acquisition, development and transfer of technology to entrepreneurs.
  • Enhance technological innovation.
  • Promote proper utilization of existing local resources.
  • Increase accessibility to, and utilization of, technologies and technical support.
  • Encourage, support and promote local innovators and inventors.
  • Award novel innovators and inventors and facilitate the protection of their intellectual property (IP).
  • Maintain a register of technologies and technical personnel in the county.
  • Popularize and disseminate imported and Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK).
  • Keep abreast with the development of new and emerging technologies through technology foresight forums and, where appropriate facilitate their transfer.
  • Facilitate capacity building and exchange of information.
  • Promote Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) awareness in the society. 

Activities and Programmes

The following activities have been completed:

  • Mushroom farming has been conducted to Mkuranga, Arumeru and Kibaha farmers
  • Low cost housing technology has been disseminated at Boko, Segerea, and Singida
  • Energy efficient and smokeless stoves technology transferred to Ferry fish market.
  • Advocated for the removal of taxes on solar energy equipment.
  • Facilitated the development, manufacturing and testing of the powered plough.
  • Facilitated the installation of hybrid solar and wind energy system for Mary Leakey camp in Olduvai Gorge.
  • Facilitated the revival of the Tanzania Association of inventors.
  • Facilitated the sponsorship of 8 students to pursue MSc under WARFSA programme.
  • Established a Tanzania IP-Forum to discuss and promote IPR issues.
  • Established a LiNKS Trust to promote and mainstream IK.
  • Established TIPASIC to promote IP and Patent use and assist innovators in patenting of their works.
  • Facilitated clean-coal-biomass briquetting technology to entrepreneurs.
  • Promotion of compact biogas technology for Institutions and schools (Azania secondary school).
  • Development of business plan for the commercialization of proven technologies from the R&D Institutions.
  • Developed promotion materials for the Institutions Collaborating in Technology development – Catalogue and calendar.
  • Established the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Trust (LINKS) in collaboration with TFNC to document and promote IK.
  • Provided IP awareness creation seminars to 612 researchers and 472 entrepreneurs.
  • Provided 31 Science and Technology awards.

The following activities are in progress: 

  • Development of Innovators and Inventors guidelines.
  • Conduct IPR awareness creation seminars and workshops to entrepreneurs and researchers.
  • Database of technologies and personnel in the Country.
  • Promotion of geothermal energy for electricity generation.
  • Develop a policy brief of Biofuel activities in Tanzania.
  • Facilitate assessment of indoor air pollution resulting from the use of biomass stoves.
  • Supporting initiatives for mainstreaming IK.
  • Scouting, awarding and promoting innovators and inventors.
  • Promoting simple and cost-effective, building materials and techniques. Interlocking soil-cement bricks for schools and communities.

The following Programmes are in progress:
Promotion of Intellectual Property Rights

  • Conduct Intellectual Property Rights-awareness creation seminars to R&D, Institutions, Universities and to the entrepreneurs..
  • Advocate the establishment of Institutional Intellectual Property Policy and its implementation.
  • Provide technological information from patent documents to the entrepreneurs, innovators, R&D Institutions, Universities and the general public.
  • Assist young inventors and innovators in patenting of their works.

Science and Technology Awards

  • Recognize and issue Science and technology Awards to individuals, institutions or a group (body) for their innovations or contributions in promoting or advancing S&T.
  • The Tanzania Award for Scientific and Technological Achievements (TASTA) is awarded to Inventors, Discovers, and Innovators.
  • National Award for Research in Science and Technology (NARST) is awarded to those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the advancement of S&T in Tanzania.
  • National Award for Environmental Management (NAEM) is awarded to outstanding contributors in the environment related fields.

    Our Clients

    • R & D Institutions (Government, NGO, Private Sector, Associations and Forums).
    • Training Institutions.
    • Inventors and innovators.
    • Entrepreneurs.
    • Industries and manufacturers.
    • International Organizations and Associations.
    • Government Ministries, Departments and the General Public.