METU-TEKPOL is an interdisciplinary research center conducting research on science and technology policy issues with the aim of addressing societal challenges. Different from other research centers at METU, METU-TEKPOL has close links with two educational programs, namely M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in science technology policy studies at the Graduate School of Social Sciences.

METU–TEKPOL has an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of the economic, social and political factors that drive technological change and innovation. Our research and training programs span an extensive domain in close relation to recent policy questions concerning national and international regulations of science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on the networks of inter-organizational relations on the side of knowledge management issues.

METU-TEKPOL was founded in 1997 at the Middle East Technical University with the explicit objective to supply science and technology policy related human capital for the government bodies, agencies and other related organizations and to conduct research in science, technology and innovation policy issues. We are the only research center in Turkey that can coordinate education and research concurrently. As of 2018 we have 4 fulltime, 12 affiliated members, 8 part-time lecturers, and 4 research assistants.