Greeting from the Director-General

NISTEP, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, was established in 1988 to conduct research as the basis for the development of science and technology policy. The mandate was expanded to include research for the promotion of academic research in 2013.

Expectations are expanding for Science, Technology and Innovation to contribute to sustainable development of the country. NISTEP has been conducting diverse research on STI human resources, forecasting, and STI indicators to accumulate basic data to support planning, development and promotion of science, technology and innovation policy. In addition, capitalizing on its status as a research institute attached to Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, NISTEP has been actively engaged in the research activities directly connected to national science and technology policy, including supporting the formulation and follow-up of Science and Technology Basic Plan. The institute has just launched new initiatives to respond to the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan, which has begun last year.

In conducting research activities, NISTEP has been actively collaborating with partner institutes and universities, both in Japan and abroad, including those in the US, Europe and Asia.

NISTEP is going to function as the central think-tank of science, technology and innovation policy in Japan, working with government ministries, universities and research institute and enhancing its capacity to deliver its output. Your support and cooperation would be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

April, 2017

Shigeharu KATO
Director-General, NISTEP