Contact

WPI Secretariat
Tomomi KOMA, Mika IKEDA
Arisu WADA, Junko HAYASHI
University-Industry Cooperation and Research Program Division,
Research Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Kojimachi Business Building 7F, 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN
TEL+81-3-3263-0967
FAX+81-3-3263-1716
MAILjspstoplevel@jsps.go.jp

MEXT
Basic Research Promotion Division, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8959, JAPAN
TEL+81-3-5253-4111(ext.4244)
FAX+81-3-6734-4074
MAILtoplevel@mext.go.jp

JAPANESE

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.


Selected in FY2007
AIMR  Kavli IPMU iCeMS
IFReC MANA  
Selected in FY2010
I2CNER    
Selected in FY2012
IIIS ELSI ITbM