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KIST 한국과학기술연구원 Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Another 50 Years of KIST : Challenges for the future!

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is dedicated to enhancing the prosperity of the entire human race and developing national industries. We aim to achieve these goals through source technology R&D.

Since its establishment in 1966 as Korea’s first government-funded R&D institute, KIST has played a key role in providing a solid foundation for S&T-based national development strategies and supplying advanced technologies to Korean industries. In addition, KIST has made a vast impact on the national innovation system by spinning off 16 specialized GRIs. We are now enhancing the status of Korean S&T by creating new source technologies.

Half a century after its inception, KIST is taking on new challenges to become a world-leading R&D institute for providing solutions to societal issues by implementing the following approaches: (1) concentrating on the kind of research that public R&D institutes should undertake; (2) leading research on dementia, fine dust, and infectious diseases in order to improve quality of life for people around the world; (3) and sparing no effort in securing a new growth engine for future generations.

To this end, KIST is pursuing world-class research excellence by rearranging its R&D system to effectively address future societal needs and pioneer convergence among industries, academia, and research institutes in order to produce socioeconomic value from public R&D. Furthermore, as a central organization in Hongneung InnoTown, we will devote ourselves to setting the example for other cutting-edge innovation clusters.

Under the catchphrase of “GRAND KIST,” we kindly ask for your encouragement and support in helping KIST become a prominent global R&D institute that can respond to global needs.

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