The National Centre for Research (NCR), established in 1991, is a research and development institution, affiliated to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and has a similar status to Sudanese universities. Its main function is to conduct scientific and applied research for the purpose of economic and social development in the Sudan.
Research Institutes in Renewable Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Technology, Tropical Medicine, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, and Economic and Social Studies form the scientific and research body of the NCR. An information and documentation centre and publication department are common facilities. Research is carried out by 180 researchers, assisted by L100 technicians and about 300 support staff. Facilities are available in the research institutes for foreign scientists interested in working in Sudan. The NCR has developed research relations with relevant national and international institutes. It adopts a successful policy of partnership.