The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI,DOST) conducted two study missions that examined best practices and mechanisms of operations of similar scientifi c research and development (R&D) institutions in South East Asia and the American Region. These missions were funded through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). These were part of the DOST project Capacity Building for Science, Technology and Innovation Towards Self-sustaining R&D Institutes.
Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, FNRI Director and Ms. Teresa S. Mendoza, FNRI Planning Offi cer conducted these missions. Study Mission 1 was held on May to June 2014 in major institutions of Japan and Korea. Mission 2 was held in three key cities of Canada on January 2015.
In the first mission, the FNRI team visited 10 institutions in Korea and Japan. In Korea, these were: the Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea University of Science and Technology (KUST), Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). In Japan, the institutions included the National Food Research Institute (NFRI), International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).