Realizing STI requires the building of appropriate systems and mechanisms. NISTEP strives to contribute to the formulation of policies and measures concerning S&T systems by surveying and analyzing relevant circumstances in Japan and abroad. Such surveys and analyses cover innovation activities at the regional level and industry-academia-government collaborations as well as other various systems and initiatives.

Industry-academia-government collaboration and academic startups

Many government measures have been implemented to promote industry-academia-government collaboration, for example by developing internal systems and organizations of universities and public research institutes. In the next stage, it is important to develop sustainable systems to create innovation. Given this, NISTEP conducts surveys and research for the purpose of illuminating the current status of industry-academia-government collaboration as well as challenges for the future.

At the same time, academic startups represent one means of utilizing the achievements of research that is conducted by universities and other public research institutions. Moreover, such ventures are regarded as important actors in the creation of innovation. Thus, NISTEP conducts surveys and research to clarify conditions surrounding academic startups and issues relevant to the formulation of future promotion strategies.

Surveys and research

Surveys and research on joint research and commissioned research between universities and private enterprises, intellectual property-related activities by universities, etc.

NISTEP conducts surveys and research with focus on joint research and commissioned research by national universities, as well as on vibrant and distinctive organizations involved in industry-academia-government collaboration and intellectual property-related activities.

Surveys and research on academic startups

NISTEP surveys and analyzes the establishment of academic startups and their growth, attitudes among researchers and others involved with such ventures, and the challenges that faces such ventures. Based on the results, NISTEP proposes recommendations on desirable policies in these areas.

Innovation-related activities at the regional level

It is considered that excellence in science and technology activities and innovation-related activities at the regional level is the basis of advancement, diversification and competitiveness of S&T at the national level. For this reason, NISTEP conducts surveys and research on systems and measures concerning S&T promotion at the regional level, as well as on success-inducing factors and promotion policies for regional innovation systems. It also implements case studies on MEXT’s Knowledge Cluster Initiative and City Area Program, which are connected to regional innovation policy, as well as achievements by individual regions.

Surveys and research

Comprehensive surveys on regional S&T promotion

NISTEP conducted questionnaire surveys targeting prefectures and designated cities to analyze systems, measures, organizations, and S&T-related expenditures to promote S&T.

Surveys on success-inducing factors and promotion policies for regional innovation systems

NISTEP surveyed success-inducing factors and promotion policies behind the advancement of cluster policies in Japan based on onsite interviews in leading cluster regions of the United States, Europe, and Japan.

A Study on Successful Factors of Regional Innovation and Promotional Policy (Interim Report)
The Case Study of University-Industry-Public collaborations to Identify Successful Factors for Regional Innovation Promotion -The Survey of University Industry Public Collaborations of Sapporo, Kyoto, and Fukuoka-

Surveys and case studies on achievements by projects concerned with regional innovation policy

NISTEP conducted surveys and research on achievements by MEXT’s Knowledge Cluster Initiative and City Area Program, schemes implemented by METI and MAFF, and initiatives by individual regions, which are related to regional innovation policy. It also conducted case studies on distinctive regions.

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R&D systems and S&T systems

NISTEP conducts surveys and research to identify the ideal R&D systems and S&T systems needed to realize STI in Japan based on comparisons with other countries. It also implements research on the desirable institutions and systems by analyzing changes in experts’ attitudes concerning them through questionnaires that are issued in identical form to the same respondents each year.

Surveys and research

Surveys and research on overseas trends

NISTEP implemented surveys and research to illuminate issues, necessary policies, and other matters by studying overseas trends and comparing them with circumstances in Japan.

Comprehensive attitude surveys on S&T circumstances (fixed-point surveys)

Fixed-point surveys are conducted to clarify the circumstances of Japan’s STI, which is difficult to be captured by ordinary R&D statistics (such as those concerning ease of using research expenditures and diversity of basic research), by studying the views of researchers and experts in industry, academia and government. A characteristic of such surveys is that they examine changes in experts’ views through questionnaires that are issued in identical form to the same respondents each year. As was the case during the Third Science and Technology Basic Plan (FY2006 to 2010), NISTEP is conducting fixed-point surveys for five years during the Fourth Science and Technology Basic Plan, which runs from fiscal 2011 to 2015. Through these surveys, NISTEP is clarifying changes in the circumstances surrounding STI in Japan and the reasons for these changes.

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