The functions of the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) as outlined under section 6 (1) of the Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Act include among others; Approval of all Scientific Research; Register and accredit Research Institutions and Assurance of Relevance and Quality of ST&I programmes in research institutions.
In fulfilling its mandate of quality assurance of research, NACOSTI accredits Research institutions. All Registered Research Institutions are expected to apply for accreditation of research programmes in their institutions. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure the following:
- Upholding of the standard of research in the country;
- Development of public confidence and trust in the national research system; and
- Facilitating, coordination and collaboration among registered research institutions.
NACOSTI is currently in the process of developing guidelines for accreditation of research institutions.