The Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) was established in 1987 under the (CSIR) to act as a focal point to articulate policy on national Science and Technology (S&T) development.  It was then known as the Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) and as a multidisciplinary unit, dealing with issues of technology utilization, transfer and development.  It conducted diagnostic studies on various sectors of the economy, provided inputs for the formulation of sectorial policies and facilitated the process for the preparation of a Science and Technology (S&T) policy for Ghana.  In 1992, the name of the TTC was changed to the Policy Research and Strategic Planning Institute (PORSPI) and was assigned to the then Ministry of Industries, Science and Technology (MIST) for the purpose of providing direct technical support to the Ministry.   PORSPI was reintegrated into the institutional structure of the CSIR in 1994 and named the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI).

The vision of CSIR-STEPRI is to be an internationally acclaimed institute that facilitates the development, transfer, utilization and management of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in accordance with the context-specific needs and priorities of Ghana and Africa.

The mission of CSIR-STEPRI is to provide the research support necessary for the formulation and implementation of the relevant Science and Technology (S&T) policies and programmes aimed at creating the enabling conditions for effective use of S&T in all sectors of the economy and for the advancement of society.

In this connection, the specific functions of the Institute are to:
  • Conduct STI policy studies to support the formulation and implementation of  relevant policies;
  • Facilitate the transfer, diffusion and commercialization of technological innovations;
  • Promote the acculturation and popularization of Science and Technology in the society;
  • Support S&T human resource development and management;
  • Provide advocacy for STI commitment on the part of all stakeholders.