The Institute for National Policy Research (INPR) was formally established in January 1989, at the initiative of Evergreen Chairman Chang Yung-fa, as a subsidiary of the Chang Yung-fa Foundation. It was the first completely privately funded public affairs research organization in Taiwan, the first non-partisan think tank.
At its founding, the INPR dedicated itself to four principle aims; the advancement of democratic constitutionalism, the promotion of a liberal and equitable economic system, the re-establishment of social ethics and morality and the raising of Taiwan’s international status. To attain these goals, the INPR, with generous support from the Chang Yung-fa Foundation, has actively enlisted the talents of both domestic and foreign researchers in the fields of politics, economics, sociology and international affairs. In order to disseminate its research findings, the institute also publishes regular periodicals and books in both Chinese and English and sponsors a variety of conferences, symposia and other activities .
The first president of the Institute for National Policy Research was National Taiwan University professor of law, Tsai Tun-ming, and the first executive director was Raymond Chang. When Professor Tsai retired in 1995, the renowned University of Wisconsin professor of political science, Tien Hung-mao, became the second president. President Tien’s tenure has been marked by rapid internationalization. Under his leadership, the INPR has expanded or formed partnerships and cooperative relationships with influential policy research institutes around the globe. It has established channels of communication with policy-making elites in the major countries of the Asia Pacific and Latin America. As a result, in a few short years, the INPR has built a reputation as one of the most respected research institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.
In January 1998, the INPR formally established itself as an independent foundation, permanently endowed through the generous contributions of more than 20 leading Taiwanese industrialists and bankers. The budget of the INPR is derived from the interest on the endowment, supplemented by grants from other sources. The institute itself is organized into three sections: research, programs and administration.