The Samuel Neaman Institute was established in 1978 in the Technion at Mr. Samuel Neaman’s initiative. It is an independent multi-disciplinary national policy research institute. The activity of the institute is focused on issues in science and technology, education, economy and industry, physical infrastructure and social development which determine Israel’s national resilience.
National policy research and surveys are executed at the Samuel Neaman Institute and their conclusions and recommendations serve the decision makers at various levels. The policy research is conducted by the faculty and staff of the Technion and scientists from other institutions in Israel and abroad and specialist from the industry.
The research team is chosen according to their professional qualifications and life achievements. In many cases the research is conducted by cooperation with governmental offices and in some cases at the initiative of the Samuel Neaman institute and without direct participation of governmental offices.
So far, the Samuel Neaman Institute has performed hundreds of exploratory national policy research projects and surveys that serve decision makers and professionals in economy and government. In particular the institute plays an important leading role in outlining Israel’s national policies in science, technology and higher education.
Furthermore , the Institute supports national projects, such as the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor clusters - the MAGNET program in nano-technologies, media, optics and communication, chemistry, energy, environmental and social projects of national importance. The institute organizes also comprehensive seminars in its leading fields of research.
To promote informed national decisions in Israel through research and analysis of well-established information
To be a leading research institute that identifies, formulates and analyzes matters of policy of national importance in the areas of scientific–technological development, economics and social issues in Israel. The Institute's activity is expected to encourage educated public debate, promote and assist the decision making process of the State of Israel and bring to the final adoption of its recommendations.
The Institute focuses primarily on formulating national policies in the fields of science and technology, industry, schooling and higher education, social integration, infrastructure, environment and energy, and other issues of national importance, where the Institute can provide valuable and unique contribution.
The chairman of Samuel Neaman Institute is professor Zehev Tadmor and the director is professor Omri Rand.