Advanced science.  Applied technology.


Who We Are

We are R&D problem solvers providing independent, premier services to government and industry clients. Our multidisciplinary nature allows us to rapidly assemble diverse teams to tackle problems from multiple directions. We push the boundaries of science and technology to develop innovative solutions that advance the state of the art and improve human health and safety. Operating as a nonprofit since our 1947 inception, we work in the public’s best interest and toward the betterment of humanity. And as a contract R&D organization, we are here when you need us. Learn more about how to WORK WITH US.


In the Community

Our staff is expert at developing solutions that help build a better tomorrow today — and that practical, innovative spirit carries through to our community interactions. Staff members generously donate time and other resources to support food drives, blood drives, and other outreach programs.

Yet, as a research and development organization, the next generation of scientists and engineers is key to our continued success. We especially value programs and activities that support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for students. We sponsor internships and scholarships and serve as science fair judges and classroom speakers for area schools, among other activities.

Woman bent over sewing machine sewing fabric into masks

SwRI Senior Research Scientist Yong-Li McFarland is part of an effort to sew masks for hospital workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

two women in masks sorting school supplies as part of SwRI's annual school supply drive

As part of an annual donation initiative, SwRI employees donated 22 boxes of backpacks and other school supplies for local students in need.

masked man sitting in a reclining chair donating blood

SwRI employees stepped up to give blood when supplies in Bexar County reached critically low levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

a man & two women looking at SwRI's self driving car

SwRI engineers displayed an automated vehicle at the SmartSA Sandbox community event to educate local residents about STEM.

large group of people posing with clipboards at San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo science fair

SwRI employees saddled up for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Science Fair, acting as judges for the event, which encourages local youth to pursue educational activities.

two SwRI employees standing with USMC soldier in front of bins of toys

SwRI employees annually donate games, puzzles, and other toys to support Toys for Tots.

Leading innovation in R&D


Southwest Research Institute and its leadership, including the Board of Directors and Advisory Trustees, are committed to operating at the highest level of integrity in the pursuit of our mission, to benefit government, industry, and the public through innovative science and technology.

Visit Leadership to learn more.


Providing solutions for over seven decades
Icon History

Founded in 1947, SwRI has made great strides in science, engineering, and technology.

Honors & Awards

SwRI’s technical accomplishments have been recognized through the years