Academic and Technical Advancements

SII contributes to technical advancements as a social contribution through donation and operational support to Foundation Advanced Technology Institute (ATI).

ATI was started in June 1986 as a voluntary organization fully funded by SII. Later, in order to carry out more socially-significant activities, ATI was established as a legally-incorporated foundation in June 1993, and in April 2012, in accordance with the government’s public-interest corporation reform, it was re-established as a public interest incorporated foundation.
As well as bringing together unique and talented researchers and providing opportunities for discussions and exchanges across their respective professional fields, ATI’s purpose is also to contribute to the academic and technical development of the next generation in various ways, including providing aid to young researchers. ATI is currently providing research support and aid in the area of nanoscience.

In June 2018, SII received the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon for contributions to the public interest by way of our contributions to ATI. The Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon is one of the honors that recognizes persons who have rendered great service to the nation or public, or those who have performed great deeds in the various areas of society, and is awarded by the nation to individuals, corporations, or organizations who have donated private property or made outstanding achievements for the public good.
SII has provided support for ATI’s activities since its beginning, and will continue to contribute to the fostering of young researchers and promotion of science and technology in our efforts to provide support for the next generation.