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NIFS Scientists received NSF SUSRED Awards!!

NIFS Scientists received NSF SUSRED Awards for the training of postgraduate students at NIFS Laboratories during the period 2012-2017 at NSF Award Ceremony 2018 held on 25th July at BMICH. This Award ceremony was graced by of Hon. Read Full news »

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Hon.Minister, Dr.Sarath Amunugama visited NIFS, Kandy

Minister of Science, Technology & Research, Skill Development & Vocational Training & Kandyan Heritage, Dr. Sarath Amunugama visited National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy on 14th July 2018. Read Full news »

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Media conference

A Discussion of New Director of NIFS, Prof. Saman Seneweera with Journalists & News Editors of National News papers & TV Channels was successfully held at NIFS Auditorium. Read Full news »

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New Director of NIFS Assumed Duties

Prof. Saman Seneweera assumed duties as the Director of NIFS on 4th June 2018. Read Full news »

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One-day workshop on Motivation for Sustainable Working Life

National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy organized a one-day workshop on Motivation for Sustainable Working Life for all non-research staff on 30th May 2018 at Hotel Royal Mall, Kandy. This workshop was conducted by Ms. Read Full news »

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Introduction to NIFS

The National Institute of Fundamental Studies, also known as NIFS, is the premier institute of basic and applied research in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 by an act of parliament[1] and initially located in Colombo and then in 1985 relocated to Kandy. The goal of establishing NIFS was to stimulate the growth of knowledge by the enhancement of the countries national scientific research capability, in selected fields to eventually build a knowledge-based Sri Lankan society. Objectives of the institute thus are to conduct basic research in the fields of mathematics, chemistry, life sciences and social sciences as well as dissemination of gained knowledge. NIFS also trains around 32 graduate students at any given time.

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The NIFS school science programme is a highly educational and popular event for students who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) Examination with very good results and who intend to pursue their studies in the science stream. This is the 45th SSP programme. The programme will be held during four days from 7th – 10th August, 2018 consisting of lectures and demonstrations in English.

Please click the following link to view the selected students name list for SSP 2018

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The Annual Research Review 2017 of NIFS

The Annual Research Review 2017 of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies was held on 2nd April 2018 at the institute premises under the patronage of Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research. The aim of this research review was to assess the progress of its scientific research carried out in the year 2017. Read more…




The CCD chaired by the Director and facilitated by a Coordinator, will promote, regularize and monitor collaboration of NIFS projects with outside organizations including the private sector and encourage NIFS scientists to engage in productive consultations. Only projects of National importance and those having an impact on National Development would be entertained. Any interested parties for collaboration and Consultation, i.e. Universities, Research Institutes, NGOs & CBOs registered in Sri Lanka, Corporate & Private sector organizations, should contact the Director, NIFS for further details. Read more...

The SEDU mainly focuses on fostering the exchange of the scientific information to the scientific community and to promote the public understanding of Science.

To fulfill these objectives SEDU organizes several activities such as conferences, workshops, hands on lab sessions, Science camps and several e – projects. Read more...

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