National Innovation Agency (NIA)

The National Innovation Agency (NIA) is established as mandated by ACT, No. 22 of 2019 with the specific aim of promoting better understanding on innovations in the fields of social, science and technology, defense, environment and service, and their impact on the economy of the country.

NIA Vision / Mission

A small country can be a global leader in innovation, through finding solutions and projecting them to the global needs (scaling it), which will be the core business of the knowledge economy. The importance of Nationally Innovating in Sri Lanka under today's economic context nobody disagrees with. Sri Lanka to emerge from this economic doldrums innovating is a must and sooner the country moves in direction better it would be.

National Innovation Agency (NIA) would be a national public entity that serves as the key institutional intervention to bridge the innovation gap between research and development from higher education institutions, science councils, public entities, and private sector, and commercialisation. In other words, its aim would be to accelerate innovation, driven by close collaboration between industry, academia and government, and facilitated by a platform for dialogue between all three sectors. 'aposInnovation' is making things happen creatively and economically, and is not confined only to science, and public sector innovation, social innovation, frugal innovation, open innovation etc. being important examples. However, technology has and will play a critical role in innovation and technology today is advancing quite rapidly too. There has to be the ability to activate this cross-institutionally to ensure the process of innovation actually happens. NIA has to be innovating in its management process too to realize rapid results and thus public sector service innovation would be an important element too.

For Sri Lanka to improve its economy to bring prosperity to its people and establish itself as a Global Innovation Hub is also clearly stated in the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour, the National Policy Framework. In this context, NIA would function as a core entity in coordinating, networking and partnering different organizations from various fields such as industry, technology, finance or investment and education, and would mainly focus on utilizing knowledge management to achieve innovation, particularly to induce "Innovation on Cluster Platform" which uses innovation as the principal tool in improving the quality of life and as a driving tool for competitive economics. The Steering Council of National Innovation Agency (NIA) which is an inter-ministerial structure will make it easy for NIA to interact actively with the generator and the user and ensure practical implementation across many sectors. This will bring about a healthy appreciation of the process of innovation for national economic development.