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Principles and history

It has been over 30 years since many research laboratories representing Japan have assembled in the Tsukuba Science City. Among the knowledge acquired in the area, many world-class research resources concerning nanotechnology have been accumulated there.

The TIA-nano, Tsukuba Innovation Arena for nanotechnology, aimed Japan's largest nanotechnology research and education center established under the leadership of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), the University of Tsukuba, and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), by integrating their capabilities in research and development. 

In April 2016, TIA-nano changed its name to TIA and has been advancing toward new research areas with its new member, the University of Tokyo.


Five Principles

Principle 1 : Creation of global value
To create innovation for new global businesses through practical demonstrations using state-of-the-art facilities

TIA exerts effort to promote research and development for speeding up the creation of new global businesses based on the strengths of science and technology of industry, academia, and government as well as the shared basic infrastructures.


Principle 2 : Under One Roof
To provide a common platform for creation (“Under One Roof”), where researchers and research institutes from industry, academia, and government collaborate by overcoming interorganizational barriers

TIA offers up a platform to create a synergy among different categories of industry such as assembly, device, equipment and materials, etc., among industry, academia and government sectors, and among the various disciplinary domains of technology and science.


Principle 3 : Independence/Positive Cycle
To provide common infrastructures that offer globally competitive values to domestic and international researchers

TIA brings a knowledge-creation that satisfies participating researchers and companies of Japan and foreign countries, while promoting research and development and commercialization, by providing world-class user facility infrastructures.


Principle 4 : Networking for “Win-Win”
To expand domestic and international research networks, strengthening collaboration toward value creation

TIA, as a national center of nanotechnology, will cooperate with the expansion of the research network of industry, academia and government both locally and abroad. By being aware of the total optimization from a neutral and comprehensive view point, TIA promotes the development of collaborations that will become "win-win" relationship.


Principle 5 : Education of next generation scientists and engineers
To promote nanotechnology education for next generation researchers through industry-academia-government collaborations

Based on the collaboration among the industry, academia, and government, TIA will establish a capability for postgraduate education and industrial human resources development, which are indispensable for establishing a world-class research center, and nurture the next generation of human resources. Based on the alliance with domestic and international universities, with concerted efforts of University of Tsukuba acting as the core organization, TIA also aims to form the “International Graduate School of Nano-Technologies.”


TIA-nano Vision

During Phase 1 of TIA-nano from 2010 to 2014, we practiced open innovation and yielded many excellent research outcomes. With regard to the next five year period, from 2015 to 2019, we drew up specific plans for leading the reform of Japan’s innovation system in the form of "TIA-nano vision for 2015-2019."



1963 Construction of a science city in the Tsukuba area approved by the Cabinet
1970 Act on Construction of Tsukuba Science City enacted
1971 KEK established in the Tsukuba Science City
1972 Predecessor of NIMS relocated to Tsukuba Science City
1973 University of Tsukuba established and opened in Tsukuba Science City
1979 Predecessor of AIST relocated to Tsukuba Science City
2001 AIST and NIMS established
2009 Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology (TIA-nano) founded and a joint statement issued
2010 "New Growth Strategy: Blueprint for Revitalizing Japan" approved by the Cabinet;
"creation of global-level intensive industry-academia-government cooperation bases"
centering on TIA-nano to be promoted
2011 TIA-nano's phase one medium-term plan formulated; TIA Graduate School Consortium established
2011 Designation of Tsukuba International Strategic Zone
TIA-nano is one of the key projects in the zone
2012 NanoGREEN Building completed at NIMS Namiki-site
2012 KEK joined TIA-nano as a core organization member
2013 TIA Collaboration Center building completed in AIST West
2014 “Comprehensive Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation 2014” adopted by the Cabinet;
“The field of nanotechnology and material will be a source of the country’s industrial competitiveness as a cross-cutting technology that gives support in addressing policy challenges.” Excerpts from P.69
“Developing innovation hubs that take advantage of organizational “strength” and characteristics of each local area.” Excerpts from p.99
Members of the Executive Board and Teruo Kishi:Honorary Adviser of The Executive Board
From left;
Masaharu Sumikawa (Chairperson, TIA Executive Board)
Atsuto Suzuki (Director General, KEK)
Sukekatsu Ushioda (President, NIMS)
Teruo Kishi (Honorary Adviser, TIA Executive Board)
Ryoji Chubachi (President, AIST)
Kyosuke Nagata(President, University of Tsukuba)
Takeshi Uchiyamada(Chairman of the Committee on Industrial Technology, KEIDANREN)
2015 TIA-nano Vision 2015-2019 (Phase 2) began
2016 The University of Tokyo joined TIA as a core organization member
TIA-nano changed its name to TIA
2019 TIA 10th anniversary symposim held
2020 The third phase of TIA started
Tohoku University joined TIA