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WPI Secretariat
Tomomi KOMA
Ai HIRAYAMA
Gento TADAKARA
Ryoichi HANATATE
University-Industry Cooperation and Research Program Division,
Research Program Department,
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World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative

The World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) was launched in 2007 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in a drive to build within Japan “globally visible” research centers that boast a very high research standard and outstanding research environment, sufficiently attractive to prompt frontline researchers from around the world to want to work in them. These centers are given a high degree of autonomy, allowing them to virtually revolutionize conventional modes of research operation and administration in Japan.

JSPS is commissioned by MEXT to conduct the program’s grant selection and project assessment processes and to perform other administrative functions.

WPI Centers

 

Tohoku University Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) Establish a World-Leading Research Organization in Materials Science: AIMR aims to establish a Premier Research Center for materials science, to reform the conventional Japanese system and to construct a visible center. To this end, the institute is assemblingread more

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

The University of Tokyo Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) Cross-Disciplinary Research Center for Addressing the Origin and Evolution of the Universe: Establishing a top-level research center visible worldwide for the most urgent issues ofread more

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) Creating a new field of integrated cell-material science in the mesoscopic domain: Our institute seeks to illuminate a chemical basis of cells, creating compounds to control processes in cells such as stem cells (materials for cell control) in addition to sparkingread more

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

Osaka University Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) Observation of immune reaction - Unveiling dynamic networks of immunity -: IFReC presents innovative accomplishments in immunology through the interdisciplinary collaboration and participation of world-top immunology and imaging researchers.read more

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

National Institute for Materials Science International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) Materials Nanoarchitectonics - New paradigm of materials development -: MANA aims to create a new paradigm for materials development called “Materials Nanoarchitectonics” andread more

 

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

Kyushu University International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research(I2CNER) The Grand Highway for a Carbon-Neutral Energy Fueled World: The mission of the Institute is to contribute to the creation of a sustainable and environmentally friendly society by advancing fundamental science to reduce CO2 emissions and establish a non-fossil basedread more

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

University of Tsukuba International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine(IIIS) World-class institute for sleep medicine, aiming to solve the mechanism of sleep/wakefulness by conducting basic to clinical research: The mission of IIIS is to be a multidisciplinary, international hub for the research to elucidate the fundamentalread more

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

Tokyo Institute of Technology Earth-Life Science Institute(ELSI) Globally-Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Hub for Exploring the Origins of Earth and Life: ELSI focuses the origins of Earth and life. Both studies are inseparable because life should have originated in unique environment on the early Earth. To accomplish ourread more

 

 

 

WPI Centers

 

Nagoya University Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules(ITbM) Changing the world with molecules: Synthetic Chemistry and Plant/Animal Biology: The goal of ITbM is to develop innovative functional molecules that make a marked change in the form and nature of biological science and technology (transformative bio-molecules).read more