National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
- 1-1-1, Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8561 Japan
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) was reorganized as an independent administrative institution after the integration of 15 research institutes and Weights and Measures Training Institute under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2001. AIST is the largest research organization in the area of industrial science and technology in Japan, covering field of and multi-disciplinary competence in "Life Sciences & Technology", "Information Technology & Electronics", "Nanotechnology, Materials & Manufacturing", "Environment & Energy" and "Geological Survey & Applied Geoscience" and "Metrology & Measurement Technology". Based on the fundamental philosophy of "developing a sustainable society," AIST has established the following five missions with the aim of creating the seeds for high risk innovative technologies and of promoting effective realization of research results into products, while maintaining compatibility with national economic and industrial policies.
Contribution to a sustainable society:
AIST strategically promotes R&D(research and development) to realize a safe, secure, high-quality life in coexistence with nature. This will, in turn, contribute to realizing a sustainable society.
Contribution to industrial competitiveness:
AIST contributes to structural change of Japanese industries and to strengthening industrial competitiveness through innovations in industrial technology by enhancing its function as an innovation hub.
Contribution to local deployment of industrial policies:
AIST advances world level R&D using local technological resources. It also helps local industrial technology by strengthening cooperation among local industries, academia, and governments.
Contribution to policy-making of industrial technology:
AIST identifies R&D issues to be undertaken by the Japanese government, by accumulating and analyzing information on industrial science and technology, and supports policy-making on mid- and long-term industrial technology strategies.
Contribution to development of human resources skilled in technological management:
AIST contributes to the development of human resources skilled in technological management, through integrated two-way research done characteristically at AIST, from basic to product realization across a wide range of research fields.