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The objective of institution, which was established in 1963, is to develop, encourage, organize and coordinate research and development activities in the fields of basic and applied sciences. TUBITAK is an institution which has administrative and financial autonomy, provides consultancy to the government for the determination of policies on science and technology and provides financial support for research and development activities undertaken by the universities, the public sector and the private sector.

The institution which also has the function of carrying out secretariat services of the Supreme Board of Science and Technology, also gives scholarships and awards with the objective of supporting scientists and researchers, provides information services and publishes scientific publications.