ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), one of the premier constituent institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), is engaged in carrying out basic and strategic research in processing of cotton & its agro-residues, development of value-added products and quality assessment of cotton. The Institute extends elective technological support to the country's cotton breeding programme for varietal development with improved quality that suits industry needs. ICAR-CIRCOT is also actively involved in skill development and has a vibrant agri- business incubation centre
ICAR-CIRCOT has immensely contributed in the modernization of ginning industry in India, making it self-reliant in manufacturing of ginning machinery. The Institute has developed technologies for processing of cotton and other natural fibre blends, development of composites and technical textiles, eco-friendly technologies in wet processing and value addition to cotton by-produce. ICAR-CIRCOT has carried out pioneering work in the area of Nanotechnology and has establishment the country's first Nanocellulose Pilot Plant facility in 2015 that operates with energy efficient chemo- mechanical process.
ICAR-CIRCOT is a Referral Laboratory for cotton fibres and has been accredited with lS0/ IEC 17025:2017 by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). ICAR-CIRCOT has been accredited with ISO 9001:2015 for its Quality Management System by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
ICAR-CIRCOT has been conferred with prestigious Sardar Patel outstanding ICAR Institution award in 2004 and yet again in the year 2019 for its significant contribution with R & D of various cotton post-harvest technologies and value addition of by-products, skill development of human resources in agriculture and textile sector, commercial testing services, commercialization of technologies, entrepreneurship development programs and start-up generation. Apart from these activities the Institute has a vibrant Agri- Business Incubation Centre, promoting sustainable start-ups through networking.