Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST Program) aims to encourage the leading-edge research and development that will strengthen Japan’s international competitiveness and contribute to the society and people’s welfare by sharing the results. The FIRST Program was approved by Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan in 2009. The FIRST Program is being operated by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

"Collaborative Research Team Green Nanoelectronics Center (GNC)" was newly established in AIST, in April 2010, to execute research project "Development of Core Technologies for Green Nanoelectronics (core researcher Naoki Yokoyama)" that was adopted for this FIRST program.
The "Collaborative Research Team" is an organization created with term limit in AIST to promote an independent research project functionally. About 30 corporate researchers will join another 30 AIST researchers to concentrate on GNC as shown in the research system chart below.
GNC also implements the research programs gathered at "Tsukuba Innovation Arena - nanotechnology (TIA-nano)", and works with the universities and research laboratories throughout the country. GNC accelerates the research by taking advantage of the large-scale research infrastructure which was built at TIA-nano.

System of research and development of GNC

System of research and development of GNC

Tsukuba innovation arena – nanotechnology (TIA-nano)

In Tsukuba Science City, there are the world-class nanotechnology research laboratories and human resources represened by National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), and University of Tsukuba. These three leading national institutes worked together with industry in order to establish the world top nanotech research center, TIA-nano.
TIA-nano is strongly supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and also has wider collaboration with business enterprises and universities in Japan.