National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) or NIA has developed a conceptual framework "Innovation Diplomacy", based on the strategic cooperation with innovative organizations worldwide. The mission is to enhance National Innovation System (NIS) of Thailand to international level, as well as to promote the image of Thailand to become "Innovation Nation".

Innovation and Diplomacy, the two words that could be allied so well for the global affairs in the 21st Century. Innovation Diplomacy will focus more on the commercialization of innovation rather than mainly focus in R&D, therefore, Innovation Diplomacy will be another solution to creating significant economic impacts while strengthening international relations at the same time. NIA, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Thailand and Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Thailand, together will provide the pathway to success for those aims by bringing more and more international partners to work with related Thai public and private sectors as Thailand is now growing extensively and sustainably.   


Exploring & Informing: 

  • Explore to understand the innovation systems in foreign countries
  • Spot opportunities and barriers for collaboration
  • Communicate with the relevant organizations

Influencing & Promoting: 

  • Influence policies/ framework to improve the wider conditions for collaboration with innovative companies
  • Promote NIA as collaborator and Thailand as a destination for foreign technology-based investment 

Cultivating & Connecting: 

  • Build relationships with decision-makers, design targeted events and workshops to create new international partnerships
  • Organize missions to match companies/ institutions with appropriate international partners

Activating & Scaling:

  • Develop, co-develop or identify external resources to help secure and scale promising collaborations
  • Find ways to help accelerate the commercialization or diffusion of innovation
  • Build international partnerships that transform global opportunities for innovative firms

Project and activities in each stage of operation are divided into 7 areas.

  1. Entrepreneurial Discovery
  2. Knowledge Development
  3. Knowledge Diffusion
  4. Data Driven Innovation
  5. Market Innovation
  6. Resource Mobilization 
  7. Transformation of Ideas into Reality

According to our Strategic Framework 2017 - 2020, NIA has developed international collaboration that aimed in three areas: 


Cooperation with international innovative agencies 

NIA has plenty of bilateral cooperation with international innovative agencies that are mainly responsible for driving innovation. With similar roles and responsibilities to NIA, co-operative activities are comprehensive, various and consistency with NIA’s operation.


Cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Thailand
NIA has cooperated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support activities based on market information and knowledge development. NIA is working closely with Department of International Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Thailand and Royal Thai Embassies in various countries. The cooperation platform on ‘Innovation Diplomacy’ is mostly at the ‘Activities and Scaling’ phase and has been extended to Royal Thai Embassies in the United States, Germany, Austria, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Sri Lanka and etc. 

The format of the activities are:
 1. Developing the innovative cooperation projects with international partners
 2. Seeking business opportunities for innovative Thai products or services in various countries
 3. Seeking technological advances in various industries and building cooperation in Thai industrial development
 4. Presenting the image of innovation in Thailand according to the policy of Thailand 4.0 in Thailand Week Fair in various countries

To develop knowledge and spread the knowledge diffusion through the network of Thai entrepreneurs, NIA cooperates closely with many embassies in Thailand to facilitate business matching between Thai entrepreneurs and international technology entrepreneurs  for being last long business partners in Thailand and worldwide.


Startup Ecosystem Development