"Interdisciplinary Research Building for Science and Technolify" where RCAS is located

The Research Center for Applied Sciences (RCAS) is a multidisciplinary unit within Academia Sinica, Taiwan, dedicated to application-driven research and technology development.

RCAS comprises researchers from various disciplines, organized into specialized thematic centers addressing key application issues. Additionally, it establishes core manufacturing and measurement laboratories to offer specific services both internally and externally.

The establishment of the RCAS was based on the idea of the then President of Academia Sinica, Yuan-Tseh Lee, that "the Central Academy of Sciences should go out into the community," and a consensus was reached after many meetings with academicians of the Mathematics and Science Group, as well as with industrial, governmental, and academic organizations in Taiwan.

Prior to amendments to the Academia Sinica Organic Law, the "Institute for Applied Science and Engineering Research Preparatort Office" was established in 1999. Following the amendment approval in 2003 and subsequent presidential approval, it officially became the "Research Center for Applied Sciences" in 2004.

Utilize cutting-edge and innovative scientific technology to conduct interdisciplinary fundamental science and applied research
Our research covers diverse areas such as materials science, energy technology, environmental science,
life sciences, and information technology, fostering a pool of outstanding talents.
We actively facilitate academia-industry collaboration, transforming research outcomes into practical solutions.
This commitment significantly contributes to advancing Taiwan's technology and industrial development.

The institute emblem was newly revised in the year 2010 and was jointly developed and designed by researchers including Yia-Chung Chang, Pei-Kuen Wei, and Jing-Jong Shyue. The emblem of the RCAS is conceived to utilize the colors red, green, and blue, along with corresponding symbols, to represent its primary research domains:

  • RED symbolizes biomedical applications, represented by a DNA graphic
  • GREEN represents nanotechnology, with the symbol Å (angstrom) as its representative
  • BLUE signifies photon radiation, representing optoelectronic technology

The combination of red, green, and blue forms the word "R"esearch, symbolizing the center's spirit of research. The letter "C" in blue, "A" in green, and "S" in red come together to form the abbreviation RCAS, representing the Research Center for Applied Sciences.