With the recognition of the importance of resolving the trilemma of energy, economy and the environment and safety, the Environment and Energy Unit draws a panoramic view map of the related science and technologies, clarifies our nation’s future direction of R&D through international benchmarking. Based on it, we aim to propose R&D strategies for fundamental research and cultivating a linkage between fundamental and applied research to establish sustainable human society.
Systems and information science and technology is the foundation for a sustainable society. It consists of information and system technology, such as artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, security and systems science for social system design. In order to contribute to the realization of a vision of Society 5.0, the Systems and Information Science and Technology unit proposes strategies for research and development and social innovation, by overviewing the trend and the implication of technology, society and economy.
Nanotechnology/Materials is a science and technology domain which handles microscopic structures reaching molecules or atoms and various phenomena occurring there, and includes life science and information technology with material science in the center. The fusion of those science and technology will produce new technological platform in terms of “green nanotechnology”, “nanobiotechnology” and “nanoelectronics”, which works as an engine producing innovations in the field of energy and environment, health and medicine, and telecommunication and electronics. In order to accelerate the R&D of Nanotechnology/Materials, this unit makes proposals not only of important R&D programs but also of R&D strategies for effective funding system, human resource development, globalization, and collaboration among government, academia, and industry.
Life Science and Clinical Research unit covers a wide range of basic life science and applied life science/technologies, with a view to accelerating future life innovation and green innovation. Our unit helps promote inter-disciplinary collaboration between academia, industry, and government to sectors to develop novel clinical/medical/bio industrial/agricultural products and services.
This Unit focuses on STI policy and system which go beyond boundaries disciplines and specialties. Current activities include; 1)drawing “panoramic view maps” on STI policies in Japan, investigating 2)‘Science of Science and Technology Innovation Policy’, 3) rational research funding system, 4) scientific advice on policymaking process and 5) effective cooperation between natural sciences and ‘social sciences and humanities’ (SSH).
The Overseas Research Unit provides reports on a timely basis to introduce the latest S&T and innovation policies released by overseas government agencies. We also conduct timely analyses of the latest information on overseas S&T policies that are of Center’s interest and useful for the development of the national S&T and innovation policy.