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 in blue shirt arranging baked goods as 2 men and a woman make purchases

SwRI employees hosted a bake sale as part of the Institute’s annual United Way Campaign.

two hispanic women, one standing, one kneeling, behind white granite headstones, holding american flags

SwRI volunteers and their families placed flags at headstones of gravesites at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day.

SwRI employees wearing MLK shirts standing behind a blue Southwest Research Institute banner

SwRI staff members participated in San Antonio’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March.

two women and 1 man holding backpacks standing behind cardboard boxes labeled with types of school supplies

In 2023, Institute staff members donated 36 boxes of school supplies during its annual drive.

SwRI employees competing in tug of war

Institute staff competed in the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup to raise funds for sports and fitness programs for local youth.

white woman assisting young female with science experiment

Institute volunteers assisted at STEM events, throughout the community, ahead of the total eclipse on April 8, 2024. 

group of SwRI employees wears LOVE shirts holding a blue Southwest Research Institute banner

SwRI employees, family and friends walked together in San Antonio’s annual Pride Bigger Than Texas Night Parade.

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) principles are essential to our mission to benefit government, industry, and the public through innovative science and technology.