Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


The WPI Program Committee meets annually to ascertain the state of project progress and recommend improvements when necessary.

Follow-up Process

  • At Follow-up Meetings, the Program Committee interviews the center directors and the heads of the host institutions and receives a report from the Program Officers assigned to each project.
  • When deemed necessary, the Committee prepares a list of aspects that require improvement and conveys it to the subject center(s).

Program Director(PD), Deputy Program Director(DPD) and Program Officers(PO)

PD, DPD and POs (one for each center) have been assigned by JSPS to conduct the follow-up activities.
as of December 2022
PD/PO Name Position, Affiliation Assigned center
PD Director, Center for World Premier International Research Center Initiative, JSPS
DPD Director/Designated Professor, Center for Medical Science, Fujita Health University
PO Research Professor, The Research Organization of Science and Technology, Ritsumeikan University International Research Center for Neurointelligence(IRCN), The University of Tokyo
PO Deputy Director and Team Leader, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI), Kanazawa University
PO Honorary Professor, Nagoya University Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (ICReDD), Hokkaido University
PO Professor, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Keio University Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi), Kyoto University
PO Director General, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, National Institutes of Natural Sciences International Center for Quantum-field Measurement Systems for Studies of the Universe and Particles (QUP), High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
PO Professor, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo Premium Research Institute for Human Metaverse Medicine (PRIMe), Osaka University
PO Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University International Institute for Sustainability with Knotted Chiral Meta Matter (SKCM2), Hiroshima University
PO Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University Human Biology-Microbiome-Qutantum Research Center (Bio2Q), Keio Univercity

Working Group

  • With the assigned PO as its chair, a working group for each center has been established under the Program Committee.
  • Each group comprises about 5-6 specialists in the subject field. As a rule, about half of them are overseas members.

Follow-up Reports

Progress Reports

The Centers Selected in FY2021
The Centers Selected in FY2018
The Centers Selected in FY2017
The Centers Selected in FY2012
The Center Selected in FY2010
The Centers Selected in FY2007

Results of questionnaire surveys

This survey polled scientists around the world with regard to the five research centers selected under WPI Program in FY2007 in connection with the follow-up activities. The results are as follows: