The AISI is hosted by the CSIR to address technology challenges, and to give industry access to the national expertise and infrastructure. Special projects aim to ensure that this goal is achieved by ensuring that the following tasks are adhered to under its special projects:
- Facilitating industry access to national facilities
- Facilitating industry access to CSIR expertise in specific fields
- Ad hoc projects as per the dti requirements
The projects undertaken are technology advancement projects which meet these criteria, and the AISI, under leadership of the dti, is assisting industry to improve its competitiveness.