WPI Secretariat
Tomomi KOMA
Masanari KAMATA
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

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


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.


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 assembling excellent researchers in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, bioengineering and electronic/mechanical engineering.




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 of basic science such as dark energy, dark matter, and unified theories with a close collaboration of mathematics, physics and astronomy.




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 sparking cellular processes to create chemical materials (cell-inspired materials), to ultimately establish an integrated cell-material science.




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.





Materials Nanoarchitectonics - New paradigm of materials development - MANA aims to create a new paradigm for materials development called “Materials Nanoarchitectonics” and in the field of the managing system focuses on “Melting pot environment,” “Fostering young scientists” and “Global Network.”




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 based energy carrier system.




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 fundamental mechanism of sleep/wakefulness, to develop strategies to regulate sleep, and to contribute to enhancement of world health through the combat …




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 our challenge, we establish a world-leading interdisciplinary research hub by gathering excellent researchers in Earth and planetary sciences, life science, and related fields.




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). By merging synthetic chemistry, catalysis chemistry, systems biology, and plant/animal science, which are the strengths of Nagoya University, we aim to create cutting-edge …