NRC Is the largest multidisciplinary R&D centre in Egypt devoted to basic and applied research within the major fields of interest.
- NRC Possesses an impressive scientific & technological infrastructure and man power resources of 4735 research staff.
- NRC Consists of 14 divisions and 108 departments covering the major areas of industry, health, environment, agriculture, basic sciences and engineering.
- NRC Is headed by a president with ministerial status, assisted by two vice presidents, one for research and the other for technical affairs. The minister of state for Scientific Research is the higher president of NRC.
The NRC has to correspond to the country's key production and services sectors through the research conducted in different areas of science and technology, scientific consultation and training as well.
The NRC mission is to conduct basic and applied research within the major fields of interest in order to develop production and services sectors.
NRC was established as an independent public organization in 1956, with the aim "to foster basic and applied scientific research, particularly in industry, agriculture, public health and other sectors of national economy". It is the largest of all institutions affiliated to the ministry of Scientific Research and employs about 60 %of all scientists working in these institutions.
Between the sixties and eighties of the last century six divisions of NRC developed into independent research institutes:
The national institute of standards.
Petroleum research institute.
Central metallurgical research institute.
Theodore Bilharz institute.
Ophthalmology research institute.
Electronic research institute.
Since its establishment, the NRC has passed through three evolutionary stages:
The initial stage extending to1968 focused on basic sciences research and capacity building.
The second stage (1968-1973) was characterized by a growing interaction with the production and service sectors.
The third stage (1973 till now) concentrating on customer oriented research to serve specific needs of end users