In 2019, the world's first Northeast Asia Silk Road Civilization Research Center was established at Yanshan University. The research center is mainly committed to carrying out academic researches on the Ancient Silk Road Civilization in Northeast Asia, thus producing major academic achievements and think-tank achievements, and also carrying out researches in the fields of "Post Road of and Trading Posts & Cities along the Ancient Silk Road in Northeast Asia, Sea Frontier and Sea Power, Geopolitics and International Relations, Ethnic and Folk Customs in Northeast Asia, Culture and Art along the Silk Road in Northeast Asia, Documents Trans-editing" and other fields based upon the scientific research resources of Yanshan University and jointly established research institutes with scientific research institutions in some provinces and regions along the Ancient Silk Road. The Northeast Asia Silk Road Civilization Museum pays close attention to the leading-edge achievements of archaeological research on the Ancient Silk Road in Northeast Asia at home and abroad, plays the key role of display, collection, exchange, publicity, and education, especially displaying cultural relics of various ethnic groups along the Ancient Silk Road in Northeast Asia, and organizes researchers to carry out field archaeological investigation and research work. The research center and the museum support each other to make contributions in the fields such as joint service for the Belt and Road Initiative, safeguarding border, sea frontier, and territorial security, promoting the inheritance and development of excellent Chinese culture, and giving full play to the function of cultural education.
At the same time, the research center has established a platform for academic exchange and resource sharing, continuously forged and produced various scientific research achievements, and made efforts to build a new type of think tank and research platform for humanities and social sciences with unique regional cultural characteristics and certain global influence by regularly compiling and printing the internal materials "Research on the Ancient Silk Road Civilization in Northeast Asia by Yanshan University", holding the "Forum for Ancient Silk Road Civilization in Northeast Asia" and other activities.
Since 2019, the research center has successively hosted and participated in 5 major projects funded by the National Social Science Foundation and 3 scientific research projects at the provincial and ministerial level, and has published 9 high-level academic papers; 8 think-tank achievements have been approved and adopted by leaders at and above the provincial and ministerial level; it has also published 2 academic works, 1 compilation, and 10 issues of regularly published internal materials, and has won 2 awards for excellent achievements in social sciences at the provincial and ministerial level. In 2022, it was successfully listed in the CTTI source think tanks, and awarded 1 excellent case and 1 outstanding achievement award of CTTI. Moreover, it was titled as "Philosophy and Social Science Research Base in Hebei Province".