Director's Message

Director's Message

In an era of complexity and uncertainty, science, technology and innovation (STI) policy is called for to be reviewed to meet the age all around the world. Such issues that surround STI policy are becoming more and more diverse to include public R&D funding, tax and clusters, industry-university-government collaborative programs, intellectual properties and competition, and various regulations, all of which cross the borders between the central and local governments and the technological fields.

To challenge the declining population, aging, and tight budgets that Japan is facing, it is imperative to establish a sustainable STI policy. It requires not only system improvements and R&D support, but also a broader view that leads the research results to commercialization. Also, the process of planning, drafting, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies should be based on evidence and feedback.

The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) trains mid-career politicians, administrators and company workers to develop to be leaders in making policies and strategies, and is expanding its network worldwide. I do encourage that those concerned with and interested in STI policymaking to join GRIPS STI program (GIST) and learn what "science of science policy" means, develop their careers, and leverage their knowledge for establishing and implementing STI policies.

Dr. Atsushi SUNAMI
GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology (GIST) Program
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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