Update date: Mar. 18, 2020
National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
MEXT Building 5F, 2-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 Japan
Number of employees：
Organization/Research department name (17)：
1st Theory-Oriented Research Group
Theoretical surveys and research on effects of S&T on the economy
2nd Theory-Oriented Research Group
Theoretical surveys and research on R&D promotion systems of S&T
Purpose of establishment：
A report submitted by the Ad hoc Council for Promotion of Administrative Reform in 1985 pointed out the importance of S&T policy research as a process to strengthen functions of planning S&T policy. In response to this, NISTEP was founded as an affiliated research institute under the Science & Technology Agency, to serve as a core institute to conduct theoretical and empirical research on matters that would be the basis for developing S&T policy.
NISTEP became an institute affiliated with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as a consequence of the administrative reform of central government.
The National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) is a national research institution that was established in accordance with the National Government Organization Law under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to be engaged in the Japanese government’s science and technology policy-planning process. It is expected to ascertain government needs, to collaborate and cooperate with government agencies, and to participate in the decision-making process. NISTEP has three missions:
(1) To forecast future policy issues and investigate them through autonomous research
(2)To carry out research in response to requests from government agencies
(3)As a core institution in the field of science and technology research, to provide data that forms the basis of research and play a key cooperative and contributing role in activities with other institutions and researchers, in order to contribute to the expansion and accumulation of knowledge.
As a core institution that conducts surveys and research of basic issues relating to science and technology policies, NISTEP carries out research primarily in the seven areas noted below.
Research field (1)：
(1)Science of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
(2)R&D and Innovation
(3)Science and Technology System
(4)Human Resources in Science and Technology
(5)Science and Technology Indicators, and Scientometrics
(6)Science and Technology Foresight, and Science and Technology Trends
(7)The Relationship of Science and Technology with Society
Humanities & Social Sciences
Branch Organization (1)：
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