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Vision, Mission, & Background

 

Vision: To form a society that goes along with science

 

Mission: To establish networks for, collect data on, develop methodology for analyzing data, and provide training for making evidence-based science, technology and innovation (STI) policies.

 

To pursue the mission, the program:

  1. funds such projects that would contribute to forming the government STI policies [FUNDING];
  2. fosters future STI policy makers, researchers for making policies, and personnel for bridging different research fields [EDUCATION];
  3. maintains and develops outreach activities and networks [NETWORKING];
  4. forms and analyzes data and information base [RESOURCES]; and
  5. conducts its own research projects [RESEARCH].
 

Background:
The SciREX program was established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2011, based on a call for making evidence-based science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. The following factors worked to launch the program.

The science budget had been thought rather "sacred" and unclear to the public until about 2010. The same level of transparency in the science budget-making process began to be requested as in other budgets.

 

The inauguration of SciSIP program in the U.S. in 2007 had already moved many Japanese science policy makers to establish a similar program in Japan. At the same time, it was the world trend to use evidence-based data in making various policies.

In addition, the nuclear disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in March 2011 called for "transparency in science policy" and "science policy for the people and the society." The devastation reminded all the stakeholders of the importance and accountability of "science policy for the people and the society." 

 

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