Chief scientific advisers and their officials

Guidance on the roles and responsibilities of chief scientific advisers (CSAs) and their supporting teams.



This document describes the roles and responsibilities of departmental CSAs and their supporting teams (CSA officials), and puts these in the context of the wider science advisory processes across government. It gives an introduction to existing guidance and networks for providing high level scientific and engineering advice to government.

Published 14 February 2012
Last updated 7 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to reflect changes to roles, structures, processes including recruitment, new bodies, and guidance on areas of research interest.

  2. Updated guidance for CSAs and their support teams.

  3. First published.