Researchers at the Institute of History and Philology conduct interdisciplinary research in history, archaeology, anthropology, and philology. Equal emphasis is placed on the pursuit of individual research and scholarly collaboration. In addition to deepening research in established areas, the IHP seeks to pioneer research in emerging areas of study. It also contributes to scholarship by actively engaging in the publication of, and establishment of databases for, historical documents and artifacts. Currently there are about 45 research fellows at the IHP.
The Institute is considered one of Taiwan’s leading centers for research into cultural anthropology. Research in the Institute covers a wide range of fields, including: Indigenous Austronesian people in Taiwan; Han Chinese communities and religious culture; ethnic minorities of China; cultural studies of ethnic groups throughout East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania; culture and psychology of behavior; medical anthropology and body experience; cultural performance; and the research related to the economy, ecology and environment of ethnic groups. Currently there are about 28 research fellows at the Institute.
The Institute of Modern History conducts historical research on the political, military, diplomatic, social, economic, cultural and intellectual transformations of modern China, with special focus on the formation of “modernity” in China. In addition to undertaking historical inquiry based on firm scholarly foundations and refined traditions, the Institute also aims to strengthen its concern for contemporary society, civilization and the world. There are currently approximately 31 researchers at this Institute.
Since its inception, the Institute of Economics has conducted in-depth, fundamental research into economic theory and its applications. Research at the Institute covers all fields of economics, with particular emphasis on analytical research into Taiwan’s economic policies. Researchers actively participate in policy-related research projects and seminars related to economic issues in Taiwan. Using rigorous methods of inquiry to analyze domestic and international economic issues, the Institute also regularly releases economic forecasts on Taiwan and offers policy recommendations to the government for deliberation. There are currently about 30 research fellows at the Institute.
With the study of Western countries’ legal systems and cultures as its main research objective, the Institute of European and American Studies adopts a global outlook to promote collaborative cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research into a range of fields. Key research areas of the Institute include: Cultural Studies, U.S.-Taiwan-China Relations, Trends in Contemporary Western Philosophy, European Union Studies, and Social Development and Policy in the US and Europe. In addition to publishing monographs and a quarterly journal, the Institute has established an Internet forum for public policy and academic research. At present, the Institute has approximately 23 researchers.
Institute of Sociology has made important contributions to the economy, the politics, the family and life cycle, and the social network of the Taiwanese society, such as the capitalist development of Taiwan, the subjective and objective aspects of the Taiwanese state, the change of family structure and the life cycles of the youth, the link and the contact within social networks. Situating Taiwan within East Asia, Institute of Sociology also conducts research from a comparative and regional perspective, aiming to highlight the unique and the common features of the Taiwanese society. Institute of Sociology sets as its goals grasping the crucial issues of the Taiwanese society and further establishing them through solid and original research as the fundamental agenda of sociology.
Scholars at the ICLP focus their research on five main areas, including classical Chinese literature, modern Chinese literature, Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and the Chinese classics. Current research projects focus on Ming-Qing Literature, Literature and Religion, Sinophone Literature, Cross-cultural Philosophy, Confucianism across East Asia, History of the Chinese Classics, and the Study of Classics in East Asia. Research in recent years has focused on literary and intellectual exchanges between modern East Asia and the world. At present, there are about 28 researchers at this Institute.
The Institute of Taiwan History’s main research efforts focus on the historical development of Taiwan in East Asia and throughout world history, since the early Age of Exploration. Delving into the study of Taiwan’s historical significance by adopting multi-dimensional perspectives, the Institute explores Taiwan’s development from the vantage points of political systems, socioeconomic developments, cultural thought, ethnic history, and environmental transformations. The Institute currently has 20 research fellows.
The overall objective of the Institute is to achieve scientific and systematic knowledge about human language by conducting linguistic as well as interdisciplinary research on the languages of Taiwan and genetically and geographically-related languages. Important contributions have been made especially in fundamental linguistic analyses, linguistic computation and simulation, language archiving, and cross-discipline studies. Currently there are approximately 18 research fellows at the Institute.
The Institutum Iurisprudentiae was founded in 2011. The six core research fields at the Institute are: 1) constitutional structure and human rights protection 2) administrative regulation and judicial remedies 3) law, science, and technology 4) legal thought and social change 5) legal development in China, Hong Kong and Macau 6) judiciary system, judicial behavior and legislative studies. The Institute aims to serve as a model of excellence for legal studies in Taiwan, and spur the implementation of democracy and rule of law. Currently there are 18 research fellows at this Institute.
The Institute of Political Science has set as its overall research agenda “theory-oriented, area-based comparative politics and international relations studies.” Five research groups have been established to reach this overall goal. These include: Taiwan politics and nascent democracies; Political and economic transitions in Mainland China and post-socialist countries; Cross-Strait relations and international relations theory; Political value change in East Asia and global democratic development; Methodology. Currently there are about 14 research fellows at the Institute.
The Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS) is currently Academia Sinica’s only research center in the social sciences and humanities, fostering interdisciplinary research. The Center consists of five thematic research centers, including the Center for Political Thought, Center for Institution and Behavior Studies (CIBS), Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS), Center for Survey Research (CSR) and Center for Geographic Information Science (GIS). There are 21 research fellows at this Center.
The IPMB presently has 28 principal investigators (at the level of assistant research fellow or above) undertaking basic research in plant and plant-related microbial biology, and development of agricultural biotechnology. The Center’s research focuses on two major areas: mechanisms of plant functioning and plant–microbial interactions.
The overall focus of the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology is to investigate the basic mechanisms by which cellular function and cell-cell interactions can coordinate the growth and development of an organism, and their adaptation to an ever-changing environment. At present, there are 22 research fellows pursuing five research directions at ICOB: cellular dysfunction, ecology, evolution and development, marine biology and biotechnology, neuroscience, stem cell and regenerative biology.
The IBC's research covers four themes: Membrane protein structures and modifications, autophagy regulation and diseases, structural biology, and structure-based study of protein functions and drug discovery. The IBC laboratories are housed in two research facilities located on the Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University (NTU) main campuses. Over the years, the IBC has benefited from a long-term collaborative relationship with the NTU Institute of Biochemical Sciences in the sharing of teaching, research and resources. The Institute currently has a team of about 23 research fellows.
Based on the research activities, our principle investigators can be divided into 6 areas: Epidemiology & Genetics Division, Neuroscience Division, Cardiovascular Research Division, Infectious Disease & Immunology Division, Cancer Division, and Structural Biology Division. The aim of the IBMS is to advance diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive measures for major diseases. There are currently about 48 research fellows at this Institute.
Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology use cellular and molecular biology as a foundation to elucidate functions and interactions between cellular systems. At the IMB, research areas include chromosome biology, developmental biology, infection and immunobiology, neuroscience, plant biology, RNA biology, structural biology and systems biology. There are now approximately 37 research fellows at this Institute.
Established in 2003, researchers at the GRC adopt interdisciplinary approaches to conduct research in microbial genomics, proteogenomics, glycoproteomics associated with diseases. The Center then translates these discoveries into diagnostic and therapeutic tools and biomedical devices for disease prevention and treatment. To achieve these aims, the GRC houses three major research centers: Chemical Biology, Medical Biology, and Physical and Computational Genomics. At present, there are about 24 research fellows at the GRC.
There are 18 research fellows (at the level of assistant research fellow or higher) in four major research divisions in the Center, namely, 1) Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystems, 2) Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecosystems, 3) Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, and 4) Microbial Diversity and Bioinformatics. The Center also has a thematic center for the study of Systematics and Biodiversity Informatics, a Biodiversity Research Museum, a High Throughput Genomics Core, a Yuan-Yang Lake Station, and a Marine Station in Green Island.
To meet Taiwan’s need for the development of agricultural biotechnology, the ABRC has established four hubs to perform cutting-edge research in this field, including centers for Integrative Plant Stress Biology, Herbal Medicine, Molecular Vaccine, and Enzyme Biotechnology. The ABRC has established laboratories in key areas related to this field, such as those for molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology and cellular biology. The Center currently has approximately 20 research fellows.
The Institute of Mathematics is currently comprised of about 22 research fellows (at the level of assistant research fellow or higher) dedicated to the advancement of mathematics and nurturing of mathematicians in Taiwan. Their areas of specialty cover most important research fields including: Applied Mathematics and Analysis, Geometry and Mathematics Physics, Probability Theory and Applications, Number Theory and Algebra, Combinatorial Mathematics and Applications, and Computing Mathematics.
For many years, the Institute of Physics, with its 44 faulty-level research fellows, has been pursuing cutting-edge research programs in three main directions: Medium and High Energy Physics, Physics of Active Biological Systems, and Quantum Materials Physics, covering subjects on Particle Physics and Cosmology, Nuclear Physics, Physics of Emergent Materials, Surface and NanoScience Laboratory, Biophysics, and Nonlinear and Fluid Dynamics. We strive to achieve excellence in basic and applied research and to nurture outstanding talents for the future.
Researchers at the Institute of Chemistry delve into the development of cutting-edge chemical technology and its practical applications in biomedicine and sustainable science. Currently there are 28 research fellows at the Institute. Research thrusts cover materials chemistry, chemical catalysis and synthesis, and chemical biology. Major topics include organic electronic materials, optoelectronic materials, green catalysis, synthetic methodology, disease mechanism, and chemical probes.
Researchers at the Institute of Earth Sciences delve into the theoretical and applied aspects of geophysics, geochemistry and geology. Current topics include observational and theoretical seismology, petrology and orogeny, active tectonics, isotope geochemistry, planetary and global geodynamics, high-pressure mineral physics, surface processes, and inter-disciplinary research of complex geohazards. At present, there are about 26 research fellows at the Institute.
This Institute pursues basic research in the field of information science, to develop cutting-edge technologies as well as innovative and application-driven information systems. Currently there are 39 research fellows, 48 post-doctoral fellows and almost 220 full-time research engineers and research assistants, all dedicated to research in information science and systems development.
The Institute conducts basic and interdisciplinary research related to statistics, including probability and its applications, mathematical statistics, biomedical statistics, bioinformatics, systems biology and statistical genetics, functional brain images, mathematical finance, time series, spatial and environmental statistics, experimental design, statistical machine learning, statistical graphics and information visualization and social networks. There are now 32 research fellows at the Institute.
CCentering on ground-breaking basic research in atomic and molecular sciences, researchers at IAMS aim to delve into the physical and chemical processes at the atomic and molecular levels. At present there are four research groups: Chemical Dynamics and Spectroscopy, Advanced Materials and Surface Science, Biophysics and Bio-analytical Technology, Atomic Physics and Optical Science. The Institute currently comprises 26 research fellows and 10 adjunct research fellows.
Research topics pursued at the ASIAA include solar system studies, star and planet formation, galaxies and cosmology. Significant research projects include Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), The Submillimeter Array (SMA), Yuan Tseh Lee Array (YTLA), Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS-2), Optical and Infrared (OIR) Instrumentation Program, Theoretical Institute for Advanced Research in Astrophysics (TIARA), Greenland Telescope and Submillimeter Very Long Baseline Interferometer (GLT/VLBI), and East Asian Observatory (EAO). There are currently 27 research fellows at this Institute.
The mission of our center is to conduct interdisciplinary applied science research with strong cooperation inside and outside the Academia Sinica. We apply the most cutting-edge technology to conduct interdisciplinary research in the basic and applied sciences. Currently, there are three thematic centers: Engineering & Mechanics, Bio & Medical Application and Green Technology. There are currently 25 research fellows at our center.
This research center was established to study environmental conditions both past and present, assess possible future environmental changes, and seek for optimal adaptation strategies. The research teams in the RCEC focus on studies of atmospheric physico-chemical processes, global climate processes and climate model simulation, climate change in East Asia, study of atmospheric particulate matters, impact of air quality on human health, air-sea interactions, and biogeochemical cycles in the ocean. There are currently 16 research fellows at this Center.
The CITI pursues multi-disciplinary research in the development of information technology and its applications to emerging fields of study. It aims to realize the development and integration of IT applications into broader interdisciplinary fields, thereby also advancing Taiwan’s knowledge-based economy.