The cooperation and coordination between domestic and foreign institutes and researchers is of utmost importance in promoting research to science and technology policy research. For these reasons, NISTEP has concluded agreements and exchange memorandums with overseas policy research institutes.

Domestic Collaboration

NISTEP exchanges memorandums with domestic policy research institutes and universities, cooperates in collaborative research, establishes data and information infrastructure, human resources development, holding of symposiums and other various activities in line with our directions.

List of collaborative institutes and universities

International Collaboration

NISTEP exchanges memorandums with overseas policy research institutes and universities, conducts collaborative research, dispatches and receives researchers, and holds symposium with leading researchers.

korea institute of science and technology evaluation and planning science and technology policy institute  title= national science foundation the university of north carolina at chapel hill georgia institute of technology swedish governmental agency for innovation systems chinese academy of science and technology for development

The S&T Experts Network

The S&T Experts Network is an Internet-based mechanism operated by Science and Technology Foresight Center of NISTEP. It links some 2,000 S&T experts with a view to gathering their insights and interpretations concerning trends in the field. Each year, leading experts from industry, academia, and government serve as “investigators” for the Center.

The Center conducts surveys to acquire information and opinions in response to requests from within NISTEP, MEXT, and other concerned bodies through the network. The results are used for researches at NISTEP or provided as reference for policy discussion.

Recent survey themes (examples)

  • Views of researchers in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake
  • Opinion survey on innovation
  • Shared use of research facilities and equipment
  • Survey on renewable energy
  • Suitable candidates for “Nice Step Researchers”

NISTEP Award (The Researchers with Nice Step)

Since 2005, NISTEP has been selecting people who have made significant contributions to S&T as “NISTEP Award (The Researchers with Nice Step)”.

Selected 2015 Nice Step Researchers visited Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Press releases concerning NISTEP Award (The Researchers with Nice Step) (in Japanese)

Public Relations

We conduct the following public relations activities: press releases of our research outcomes, and the delivery of NISTEP Newsletter and annual reports.

Press Release

No press releases are currently posted in English.

NISTEP Newsletter

The NISTEP Newsletter (in Japanese) began in February of 2011 for the purpose of communicating our activities.
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Annual Report

We publish an annual report with an overview of our activities, including our research outcomes, and international collaboration.


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