Greeting from the Director-General

National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) was established in 1988 to conduct research as basis for the development of science and technology policy. Since 2013 NISTEP has expanded its research field to the promotion of academic researches.

Expectations for science, technology and innovation (STI) are expanding in order to contribute sustainable development of Japan. NISTEP thus conducts diverse research on STI human resources, foresight, and STI indicators to accumulate basic data supporting plan, development and promotion of science, technology and innovation policy. In addition, NISTEP, taking advantage of a feature as the research institute attached to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), has been actively engaged in its research activities directly connected to national science and technology policy, including encouraging the formulation and following-up Japan’s Science and Technology Basic Plans, and NISTEP has just launched new initiatives to respond to the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan issued in 2016.

With these research activities, we also support efforts of the evidence-based policy-making (EBPM: Evidence-to-policies), which is promoted at a governmental level.

In conducting research activities, NISTEP actively collaborates with partner institutes and universities in Japan and abroad such as the US, Europe and Asia.

In this year NISTEP celebrates its 30th anniversary.

NISTEP functions as a central think-tank of science, technology and innovation policy of Japan, working with government ministries, universities and research institutes and enhancing its capacity to deliver its output. Your support and cooperation would be highly appreciated.

January, 2018

Hiroshi TSUBOI
Director-General, NISTEP