A director who is supported by four heads of units leads the Directorate of Life Sciences. The Units broadly categorised as Biotechnology, health, Agriculture and Environment are considered to encompass all life science disciplines and are headed by senior officers who lead teams of competent research staff. The organisational set up of the directorate is committed to realising that life sciences contribute to competitive socio-economic development in Tanzania, and that this is done in close collaboration with other directorates at the Commission.

The general roles and responsibilities of the directorate include:

  • Formulation of long and short term plans and programmes for promotion and development of scientific research and innovation in the broad fields of biotechnology, health, environment, agriculture and environment;
  • Coordinate and promote research and innovation in the fields of biotechnology, health, environment, agriculture and environment, between national and foreign research institutes; resource mobilisation for support of research initiatives;
  • Monitor and keep up to date inventories of scientific activities, equipment and database of researchers in national Universities and R&D Institutes;
  • Develop implementation strategies for the STI policy;
  • Disseminate life science information via public media, seminars, public talks and workshops in the fields of health, environment, biotechnologies, agriculture and food security and livestock and aquaculture;
  • Design and review of the national research agenda, the process of setting up calls, review of proposals and management of projects under the National Fund for the Advancement of Science and Technology;
  • Harmonise the work of the R&D Advisory Committee on health, environment, biotechnologies, agriculture and food security and livestock and aquaculture with other Advisory Committees, and
  • Prepare operational plans, Budget and document output and outcomes of the directorate.