SRISTI has set the following goals for itself to promote and celebrate grassroots creativity and traditional knowledge.
To expand space in society for building upon sustainable technological, institutional and educational initiatives and innovations at the grassroots with special focus on women's knowledge.
To document, analyse and disseminate innovations developed by people themselves.
To validate and add value to local innovations through experiments (on farm and on-station) and laboratory research for generating nature-friendly sustainable technologies.
To conserve local biodiversity through in-situ and ex-situ gene banks managed by local people.
To protect the intellectual property rights of grassroots innovators and to generate incentive models for recognising, respecting and rewarding grassroots creativity and associated ethical values and norms.
To provide venture support to grassroots innovators to scale up products and services based on grassroots innovations through commercial or non-commercial channels.
To embed the insights learnt from grassroots innovations in the formal educational system in order to expand the conceptual and cognitive space available to these innovations.