Introduction to Departments

Institute of Comprehensive Development

Responsibilities: 1) conduct forward-looking and comprehensive research on major strategic issues concerning science and technology development in the context of economic and social development and provide policy suggestions for national macro-level policymaking; 2) organize research on strategic issues of national S&T cooperation, organizational mechanism and implementation of national major S&T cooperation projects, international S&T development and cooperation priorities, and private-sector S&T cooperation; and 3) undertake and organize research on major strategic S&T issues assigned by superior authorities.

Institute of Science and Technology Systems and Management

Responsibilities: 1) conduct research on S&T policy, S&T system and S&T program management reform, national innovation system and S&T-related legal issues; 2) conduct assessment of national major S&T programs and policies and research on major theories and management practices of S&T assessment to provide specialized advisory support for national macro-level S&T policymaking; and 3) organize research on basic laws and characteristics of contemporary S&T development and S&T development history and on theories and practices of public policymaking and policy science to provide theoretical basis for national innovation system building and development.

Institute of Foresight and Evaluation

Responsibilities: 1) conduct research on S&T needs of medium- and long-term economic and social development, track and analyze domestic and overseas S&T developments, forecast S&T development prospects, conduct research on national selection of key technologies, priority areas and industrial S&T developments and their trends, characteristics and technical roadmaps, and provide policy advice for the formulation, implementation and assessment of national S&T development strategies, plans and programs; and 2) conduct research on strategic issues of basic science development and the planning and development of basic research.  

Institute of Science and Technology Statistics and Analysis

Responsibilities: 1) take charge, with the authorization of the Ministry of Science and Technology, of the organization and implementation of national S&T statistical and innovation surveys, conduct research on the theories, methods and applications of S&T statistics, innovation survey and S&T indicators, and organize the compiling of S&T statistics, innovation survey and other related publications; 2) conduct monitoring, analysis and evaluation of national S&T activities and provide service for the formulation of S&T development strategy, STI plans and macro-level S&T policies; 3) and organize research and international exchanges on national S&T statistical and innovation surveys and indicators.

Institute of Science and Technology Investment

Responsibilities: 1) conduct research on the fiscal support system for S&T and its effective means, national S&T asset administration, national S&T budgeting and national S&T investment assessment and management; 2) conduct research on financing mechanisms for innovation and entrepreneurship, financing mechanism for national major S&T programs, and funding systems and policy instruments to promote enterprise innovation; and 3) track and analyze domestic and overseas theoretical and policy research developments regarding entrepreneurial investment and STI, and conduct forward-looking theoretical and policy research on domestic start-up financing and venture capital investment activities.

Institute of Science and Technology for Industrial Development

The institute conducts research on strategy and planning, innovation policy and management, and applied economics with the focus on industry innovation, competition and development to provide specialized advice on national and local policymaking. Its responsibilities: 1) at the macro level: conduct research on major policy and theoretical issues on industrial development strategy and planning, industrial innovation policy, industrial transformation and its drivers, innovation and structural transformation, and organization and management of major national projects; 2) at the meso level, conduct research on hot issues such as industrial technology development roadmap, emerging industry development index and indicators, industrial competitiveness evaluation, high-tech industry and specialty industrial cluster development and industrial innovation ecosystem; and 3) at the micro level, conduct research on specific practices of strategic planning of enterprise innovation, enterprise innovation organization management and business models.

Institute of Rural and Regional Development

The institute conducts research geared to improving and promoting regional innovation system development and urban-rural development in alignment with the national regional development strategy and innovation-driven development strategy. Specifically, with the focus on regional economic development and innovation strategy, major S&T issues of urbanization, layout and allocation mechanism of S&T resources, agricultural technology innovation and rural development, and poverty alleviation through S&T, it conducts research on the formulation of regional innovation strategies and plans and major issues including innovative industrial clusters, high-tech park development strategies, innovative provinces (cities/innovation centers), agricultural technology transfer and promotion system, and district-based poverty alleviation through S&T. In addition, it accepts assignments from national ministries, provincial and municipal authorities and other research institutes to organize and implement relevant activities such as top-down design of regional STI development strategy. It aims to become a national high-level regional innovation strategy research base.  

Institute of Science, Technology and Society

The institute is dedicated to innovation policy research and focuses on three main areas—S&T innovation talent (at the micro level), innovation agencies and their organization (at the meso level) and relationship between STI and society (at the macro level)—by adhering to the principle of combining academic research and policy analysis and qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods and developing the academic direction with innovative sociology at its core.  Specifically, its research areas include environmental issues including the researcher community, impact of S&T on society, and the social environment of STI, with a particular interest in frontier research topics such as S&T talent development, social environment of innovation, research ethics and risks, responsible research and innovation, popular science and communication, and S&T policy research methodology. It also conducts research on issues in such aspects as disaster and risk management, social charity project evaluation, resident living quality, social research methods, and sustainable development. Through long-term research, the institute has accumulated rich experience in organizing large-scale social survey research projects, yielded a series of influential academic and policy research outcomes, and established a wide-ranging collaborative research network with domestic and overseas research institutes.

The institute has a strong well-structured, academically rigorous and intellectually active research force, comprising of ten official researchers (four research fellows and six associate research fellows, including seven with a doctoral degree and three with a master’s degree) and one resident post-doctoral candidate and two assistant researchers.

In its research work, the institute has adhered to the principle of “openness, sharing, small kernel and big network” and established a wide-ranging high-quality research collaboration network covering domestic and overseas research institutes. Internationally, it has established a long-term close project-based collaborative research relationship with Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research in Norway, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and RAND Corporation in the United States, among other research partners in other countries and regions. Domestically, it has maintained an excellent collaborative relationship with many universities and policy research institutes in a research network with rich research resources.

In 2015, the institute established the Center for Innovation Talent Policy Research with the approval of CASTED. The center is mainly dedicated to survey and theoretical and policy research on innovation talent development and committed to uniting CASTED researchers and external researchers engaged in innovation talent research in the approach of “small kernel and big network” based on research tasks and projects to jointly advance innovation talent policy research. The center is led by director and research fellow Fan Lihong and deputy director and research fellow Zhang Wenxia.

Periodicals and Associations

Forum on Science and Technology in China, founded in 1985, is a learned journal dedicated to S&T development strategy, policy and management with an extensive readership and significant influence in the research, business and policymaker communities and other sectors.  

China Science and Technology, founded in 1996, is a non-academic magazine on mission to promote S&T commercialization in China. It mainly publishes on topics including S&T policy, S&T frontier, industry policy, industry trends, R&D management, innovation and entrepreneurship theories and practices, venture capital investment and business management based on rigorous research and data analysis.  

China Federation of Scientific and Technological Institutes is a national nonprofit nongovernmental organization with independent legal person status. Cheng Jinpei, former deputy minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, currently serves as its president. It is mainly engaged in exchange and research activities geared to uniting research institutes and researchers nationwide to advance research institute reform, development and management.

China Society for Science and Technology Indicators, established in 1995, is a national academic organization dedicated to theoretical research, academic exchange and popularization of S&T indicators. It is on mission to unite and organize researchers of S&T indicators to advance S&T indicators research and application, promote talent development and enhancement in the field, and drive S&T indicators development in the service of S&T management and decision-making and the coordinated development of S&T, economy and society.

China Association for Promotion of Science & Technology and Finance, established in 1992, is a national non-governmental organization registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China. It is the product of in-depth integration of S&T and finance and an important platform to promote financing for science, technology and innovation. In accordance with China’s regulations on non-governmental organizations, it is under the oversight of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Department of Administrative Management

The department combines CASTED’s administrative, party affairs, human resources, financial and logistics functions in a streamlined structure and takes charge of CASTED’s all administrative matters including paperwork, archives management, secretarial affairs, confidentiality, finance, human resources, party affairs, logistics service, security, and retired personnel affairs. The department has its own human resources and finance heads.

Department of Research Management

The department is responsible for coordinating and managing CASTED’s research activities, including research subject management and statistics, intellectual property management, researcher profile management, academic exchange activities, international S&T cooperation, joint laboratory development, postgraduate management, and student affairs management. It has a streamlined staffing structure where a position is responsible for multiple functions based on synergistic division of work.

The department is responsible for organizing journal management and operation, research report and external publicity, network development and maintenance, library development and management, the publication of Forum on Science and Technology in China and China Science and Technology, and management of research achievements.

It is also authorized by the Ministry of Science and Technology to take charge of the management of relevant learned journals and societies.