Kanagawa Accademy of Science and Technology
About KAST
KAST stands for Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology. KAST is a public interest incorporated foundation established by Kanagawa Prefecture. It plays a role in developing policies for science, technology and industry in Kanagawa Prefecture, promotes science and technology, and offers support for regional small and medium-sized enterprises.
By performing various functions, KAST advances research, offers manufacturing support and professional development, and aims to activate the regional economy and improve the quality of life of prefectural residents.

KAST DATA

Official Name Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST)
Address Kanagawa Science Park
3-2-1 Sakado, Takatsu-ku
Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Establishment July 14, 1989
Endowment ¥4.99 billion
(The Kanagawa Prefectural Government is the main shareholder)

History

1989 Jul Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) founded.
  Aug Kanagawa High-technology Foundation (KTF) founded.
1990 Feb KAST authorized as specified public-service promotion corporation.
  Oct KAST approved by Science and Technology Agency (present Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) to offer fellowships to foreign researchers.
  Nov KAST designated as research organization under scientific research funds subsidy program by Ministry of Education (present Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
1991 Mar KAST designated as research institution with job positions exempt from repayment of Class 1 Scholastic Funds by Japan Scholarship Foundation (present Japan Student Services Organization).
1992 Jul KTF opened “Techno Information Plaza.”
1996 Sep KTF received authorization as Kanagawa Intellectual Property Center Branch.
1998 Sep KAST started regional cluster collaborative research project joint research operation.
  Oct KTF launched contract-based business of Monozukuri Prototype Development Support Center Maintenance Service.
2000 May KTF started Patent Dissemination Support Operation, Industrial Property Digital Library Information Application Operation.
  Jun KTF commences contract-based business of the Regional Science Promotion Program.
2003 Aug KAST launches City Area Program in Industry–Academia–Government Joint Research (Results Development Model).
2005 Apr KAST and KTF merge and form a new organization.
  Aug Authorized registration based on international standard, ISO/IEC 17025 of laboratory accreditation system from Japan Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment.
2006 May Launched City Area Program in Industry–Academia–Government Joint Research (General Model).
2007 Apr Commenced Researcher–Technician School Dispatch Operation.
2008 Apr Changed to support operation with the discontinuation of prefecture contract for Test Measurement Operation.
2009 Sep Participated in advanced research support program “Development of organic solar batteries contributing to low carbon society” (Leader: Koji Segawa, Tokyo University, from fiscal 2009 to 2013)
2010 Oct Started contract from Kawasaki City, “Monozukuri Small and Medium Enterprise Network Upgrading Operation.”
2011 Apr Launched Project on Health and Anti-Aging to support Project for Industrial trial Realization for functional foods and functional cosmetics development.
  Oct Started Strategic Research Development Program.
2012 Apr Started Short-term Focus Implementation Project.
2013 Apr KAST authorized as public interest incorporated foundation.

Organization

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