International Research and Training Center for Science and Technology Strategy (CISTRAT) was established in 2012 as the seventh UNESCO Category II Centre in China and the first UNESCO Category II Centre to focus on Science and Technology Policy.

The Centre’s mission is to carry out international cooperation, professional training and experience sharing in STI strategy and policy research by giving full scope to the experience and advantages of its hosting organization, CASTED, the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, the purpose of UNESCO, i.e., “to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion” and the focus on China’s prioritized areas of STI strategy and policy research.

The Centre is based in Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED) which is a research institute directly affiliated to Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and one of the most significant think tanks in China. CASTED supports S&T policy-making by participating in top-level design of the national S&T innovation strategy, S&T system reform, S&T foresight and evaluation, S&T statistics, S&T input, industrial S&T development, regional S&T development, S&T and society, etc.