What is COSTI?

The Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) was established on February 1, 2013 as mandated by the cabinet decision of September 9, 2011 with the specific aim of coordination and monitoring of Science,

How COSTI was Initiated


 The Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) was established on February 1, 2013 as mandated by the cabinet decision of September 9, 2011 with the specific aim of coordination and monitoring of Science, Technology and Innovation activities in the country.


Our Mission

To establish a world class National Research and Innovation Eco-system to generate strategic and sustainable technologies and innovations to win the "economic war" by: 

  • Focusing on areas of core competencies and resource linked opportunities;
  • Preparing our people for a knowledge society through improved scientific literacy; and
  • Upholding sustainable principles in all spheres of activity.


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Vindya N.Jayawickrama obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University India in the field of Genetics, Microbiology & Biotechnology. Immediately after graduation she started working as a Temporary Graduate Research Assistant  at Veterinary Research Institute Gannoruwa. She completed her Masters in 2009 in the field of Biotechnology from Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. After completing her masters she started working as a Coordinating Secretary at National Centre for Organic Agriculture. She is reading for a PhD in the field of Toxicology where her research focus towards Snake venom studies & Indigenous Technologies practice for envenomed patients. She has participated in several international conferences. Prior to COSTI She worked as a Lecturer in Biochemistry & Biotechnology at Spectrum Institute for Science & Technology which is the outreach campus of Mysore University India. She joined COSTI in February 2014. At COSTI she is mainly responsible for Science, Technology and Innovation interventions in the fields of climate change and Harness Biological Resources.

 Our Objectives

To ensure proper coordination among line ministries within overall budgetary framework, and also with the private sector, it is expected to appoint a Committee of Officials comprising of Secretaries to HE the President, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet of Ministers including the Ministry of Finance and Planning and Science Technology and Research.

To facilitate the above the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology & Innovation (COSTI) was established on 1st Feb 2013.


COSTI's main objectives are:

  • Establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee for Science Technology and Innovation to coordinate all activities including funding in Science Technology and Innovation with Ministers of Science, Technology and Research, Higher Education, Agriculture, Plantations, Industry and Commerce, National Resources and Enterprise Development, Education, Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Telecommunication and Information Technology and Information and Mass Media.
  • Setting up of National Operational and Coordinating Councils
  • Establishment of a Secretariat to centralize, institutionalize and support the Coordination and Monitoring activities related to ST&I.
  • Development and operationalization of National Science, Technology & Innovation Coordination and Monitoring System (NSTICAMS) – a flexible, comprehensive National ICT Platform for coordination and Monitoring of all activities related to Science, Technology and Innovation across 17 ministries and more than 70 institutions.

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Easy to startOur research community consists of all the Sri Lankan scientists. It is a diverse network of interacting scientists which include many sub-communities working on particular scientific fields, and within particular institutions; interdisciplinary and cross-institutional activities. 




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