Evidence data platform constructed
by Council for Science, Technology and Innovation

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What is e-CSTI?

Raising the research, educational, and fundraising capabilities of universities and other research institutes is extremely important to improving Japan’s science and technology capabilities. Thus, the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) has collected and analyzed evidence on the status of research, education, and fundraising at universities and other research institutes. e-CSTI (an evidence data platform) was then constructed as a means of sharing this evidence with relevant parties at the governmental, university, and research institute levels. It is expected that such parties will utilize e-CSTI data to pursue evidence-based policy making (EBPM) and evidence-based corporate management (EBMgt).

(NOTE) The evidence system was constructed as part of the Integrated Innovation Strategy (cabinet decision on June 15th, 2018) (https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/tougosenryaku/tougo_honbun.pdf  )  and Integrated Innovation Strategy 2019 (cabinet decision on June 21st, 2019) (https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/togo2019_honbun.pdf   ). It was launched for government use in 2019, and has subsequently been used by national universities, the National Research and Development Agency, and other research institutes in 2020. Under the Integrated Innovation Strategy 2020 (cabinet decision on July 17th, 2019), parts of the evidence system are being made available via a public website to promote its use.

e-CSTI does not post personal information, but does enable analysis using information that is sensitive or belongs to a third party; in these cases, access is restricted so that only users from the government, universities, or other research institutes are permitted to view these analyses.

The basic structure of e-CSTI consists of five functions: (1) visualizing science and technology-related budgets, (2) analyzing the research capacity of national universities and research and development corporations, (3) analyzing external fundraising in universities and research and development corporations, (4) analyzing human resource development at universities, and (5) analyzing the vision and aims of universities at the regional level.
Details of these functions are listed below.

  • (1) Visualizing science and technology-related budgets
    Visualization of science and technology-related budgets using administrative project review sheets
  • (2) Analyzing the research capacity of national universities and research and development corporations
    Visualization of how government R&D spending is linked to academic outputs including publications
  • (3) Analyzing external fundraising and donations in universities and research and development corporations
    Visualization of external fundraising and donation status of universities, as well as research and development corporations
  • (4) Visualizing industry needs related to human resource development
    Visualization of the specialized knowledge needs, job satisfaction, and annual income level required for work and business development in the industry
  • (5) Analysis of universities’ vision and aim at the regional level
    Visualizing regional supply and demand in human resource development and potential seeds for university research


Main members involved in e-CSTI construction

Overall supervision

Takahiro Ueyama

Overall control

Iwao Miyamoto, Atsushi Kaneda, Yoko Inoue, Shinsuke Kawachi, Teruki Mita, Hideo Arimoto

System architecture

Satoshi Nishiyama, Yukihiko Kirihara (GENERATION PASS Co., Ltd.), Yuki Watanabe(GENERATION PASS Co., Ltd.), Kenji Yoneda (Kannart.Inc)

Visual summary

Naohiro Shichijo, Takuya Iwasaki, Miki Haseyama, Yoshihide Terada(GRIPS), Michiko Takahashi(GRIPS), Takahiro Mitsui(GRIPS)

Science and technology budget totals

Hajime Asano, Masato Mizuno, Kaoru Umezawa, Yukio Iwasa, Toru Sasabayashi, Ryoichi Kawada, Hiroshi Okumura

Research capacity analysis

Toshiaki Fujii, Noritaka Usami, Yuji Fujita, Teruo Nishioka, Hideyuki Maiwa, Manami Matsubayashi, Yasuhiro Yamaguchi, Takashi Ishida, Takeo Toyoshima(Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd.), Koji Tamura(Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd.), Wataru Okuda(Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd.), Hirotaka Kawashima(Dentsu Consulting Inc.)

Industry-university collaboration analysis

Shingo Ebata, Akira Sanagi, Shigeki Uekusa(Uekusa Shigeki CPA office), Nobutaka Toyomasu(educe Co., Ltd.), Keisuke Mizunoura(Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), Yoshihisa Shinji(Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), Hideyuki Kawahara(Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), Mitsunori Kajihara(Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), Masatoshi Nakata(Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), Kenichi Hatori(University Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer), Takeshi Fukuda(University Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer)

Human resource development analysis

Toru Shinohara,  Tomonao Takamatsu, Masashi Yamamoto(Kawaijuku Educational Institution), Taichiro Tsuji(RDC Inc), Shiro Sakata(Chiba University), Leo Nagamatsu(Kanagawa University), Hajime Imai(Japan Women’s University)

(NOTE) The text in parentheses indicates affiliation. Unaffiliated members are part of the Cabinet Office.

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