National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan
Data Center Description
On April 1, 2001, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (the new AIST) began operations. The AIST is a newborn research organization that comprises 15 research institutes previously under the former Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (the former AIST) in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and the Weights and Measures Training Institute.
AIST shall carry out activities regarding: (1) research and development on industrial science and technology, (2) geological survey, (3) measurement standards, and (4) technological applications for the private sector.
Specifically, AIST strives to publish achievements by the communication of technological information and conduct research and development respecting three missions as follows:
(a) Establish measurement standards, carry out geological surveys, and perform research and development of fundamental technology that requires a high degree of neutrality and reliability to establish a national techno-infrastructure.
(b) Research and development in fields such as energy and the environment involve long lead times and require that a high degree of risk be born before industrial application is possible. Therefore the government has made AIST responsible for solving technological problems in these fields.
(c) Promote interdisciplinary research, which is necessary for the improvement of research and development and to encourage competition in industry.
In carrying out the above missions, AIST encourages the free exchange of information among research communities to foster intellectual creativity. AIST unites the research potentials of universities, the private sector, and government agencies with the aim of producing world-class results. At the same time, it contributes to the intellectual wealth of the nation and, moreover, to that of humankind through positive activities in establishing technological standards.