The CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, is one of the 38 constituent Laboratories of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Its mandate is to conduct research and development activities of the highest quality in areas related to effective utilization of resources of the region and of fundamental importance to the country.

CSIR-NIIST is engaged in R & D programmes in areas related to Chemical Sciences, Materials Science, Agro-Processing, Microbial Processes and Environmental Technology. The institute is internationally rated as one of the top R & D institutions in the country.