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Finalization of 1st Mid-Term Plan (FY2010-2014) for Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology (TIA-nano)

Creation of a Nanotechnology Base that Contributes to Japan’s Prosperity as an Advanced Manufacturing Nation and the Solution of Global Problems

The Executive Board of the Tsukuba Innovation Arena

On February 18, the Executive Board of the Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology (TIA-nano) finalized the 1st Mid-Term Plan, covering the 5-year period from fiscal year 2010 to 2014.

Abstract

  1. On February 18, the Executive Board of the Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology (TIA-nano) finalized the 1st Mid-Term Plan, covering the 5-year period from fiscal year 2010 to 2014.
  2. The goal of TIA-nano, as announced in a Joint Policy Statement by the representatives of the project’s core institution in June 2009, is to construct a global nanotechnology research and education base in Tsukuba, which already has a strong base of world-class advanced nanotechnology research facilities and human resources, in cooperation with industry. The core institutions of the project are the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), and the University of Tsukuba. The project is being realized with financial support from Japan’s Cabinet Office, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
  3. TIA-nano is positioned as one of “21 Strategic National Projects for Revitalizing Japan in the 21st Century” in the “New Growth Strategy – Scenarios for Restoring a Vigorous Japan” approved by a Cabinet resolution in June 2010. In the future, it is expected to become an engine of innovation not only for Japan, but at the global level, by following policies that emphasize R&D and human resources development activities related to nanotechnology.
  4. The Mid-Term Plan comprised four chapters, which treat the Vision, Mission, Strategy, and Management of TIA-nano, respectively. The plan presents a concrete image of a global base for industry-university-government collaboration, with public research and educational institutions as its platform, which is the goal of TIA-nano by FY2014, together with a concrete action plan for realizing this goal.
  5. As future aims, efforts will be made to construct a global advanced innovation base going beyond organizations along the lines of the Mid-Term Plan, and to contribute to Japan’s prosperity as an advanced manufacturing nation and to the solution of global problems.
  6. The Mid-Term Plan is scheduled for public release at the TIA-nano website (http://tia-nano.jp )(*Open in new window) on February 21, 2011.


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