National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) is a national institute under the auspices of Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan and entrusted with four core missions - developing national infrastructure for S&T, supporting academic research of excellence, enabling frontier scientific and technological exploration and fostering high-tech human capital. NARLabs serves as a conduit from ideation to innovation and supports translation of scientific discovery into technological advancement to excel S&T for Taiwan.
For the innovation ecosystem, NARLabs will serve as a platform to align upstream and downstream segments along the R&D continuum, which will be one of the crucial aspects in Taiwan’s S&T transformation process. In this connection, the pressing task for the NARLabs is to augment the “translation” function and maximize its roles in elected projects of various fields with potentials for success. For example, the establishment of platforms of next generation smart electronics and experimental biological materials is to elevate the development potentials in Taiwan’s information and communication technology and bio-technology industries. Nonetheless, the related connection and integration shall proceed with the formulation of complementary measures and implementation of performance management so to meet the future needs in developing the country’s innovative R&D programs and economic system.
The R&D platform established by NARLabs carries the mission of creating social benefits and values. In a time when individual technologies can no longer meet future needs of society and industry in a fast-changing economic context, we have to take advantage of the established research capacity as a platform to collaborate with Taiwan’s outstanding multidisciplinary research teams in fostering various R&D initiatives that are forward-looking and challenging as well as of social value.
The NARLabs consists of:
National Laboratory Animal Center (NLAC)
National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE)
National Space Organization (NSPO)
National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC)
Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI)
Instrument Technology Policy Research and Information Center (ITRC)
Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI)
Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI)