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.

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Institute employees donated boxes of school supplies to Family Violence Protection Services as part of SwRI’s annual United Way campaign.

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SwRI volunteers helped to place flags on gravesites at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery as part of a Flags for Fallen Vets event on Memorial Day.

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SwRI employees volunteered in support of the 18th Annual Walk for Autism put on by Any Baby Can, a nonprofit in San Antonio that supports families with children facing serious health or...

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

Each year, SwRI staff members donate several boxes of new, unused school supplies to the Institute's annual School Supplies Drive, benefitting students in the San Antonio area.

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SwRI coordinated a “pop” up blood drive to benefit the Uvalde community. The Institute also holds monthly blood drives that directly support University Hospital, the city’s Level 1 trauma center...

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SwRI employees volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, helping with fundraising efforts.

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SwRI staff members sorted and packed over a thousand boxes of food at the San Antonio Food Bank as part of the annual SwRI Cares event. Every year Institute employees support charitable...

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.

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

Environmental, Social, & Governance

For Southwest Research Institute, Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) principals are essential to our mission to benefit government, industry, and the public through innovative science and technology.