The private institution «National Laboratory Astana» (NLA) was established in 2015, under the aegis of Nazarbayev University and Kazakstani government.
On April, 2015 the private institution «Center for Life Sciences» (CLS) was extended by joining Center of Energy Research(CER), renamed into and reregistered as the private institution «National Laboratory Astana».
The main goal of the institution is carrying out multidisciplinary basic and/or applied research in the field of life sciences, energy, and other interdisciplinary areas of science, as well as activities to establish a scientific laboratory, experimental bases, centers, institutes for the development and implementation of scientific and technical, educational programs and training. Currently NLA staff consists of 82 scientific employees. NLA has more than 50 international research partners from leading research centers and universities.