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A new system of 3 research divisions divided by specialization and fluid assignment of staff

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Under its 3rd Mid-Term Program, NIMS reorganized its existing research system into 3 research divisions to respond to the challenge of creating a sustainable society. In the new system, the respective divisions are organized by field of specialization, while the researchers who belong to each division are able to participate in various research projects beyond the barriers between divisions.

Researchers from many fields can take on the challenge of a single research topic

Feature of the Research System under the 3rd Mid-Term Program

Under the 2nd Mid-Term Program, research was carried out by a "one-to-one" system, in which one research center was responsible for one research project (project funded by the Operating Subsidy). This system had the merit of enabling concentrated work on the specified project by the center as a whole. However, in recent years, it has frequently been necessary to promote research cooperatively, by a fusion of the capabilities of diverse fields, in order to solve a single research problem.

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Therefore, under its 3rd Mid-Term Plan, NIMS will take on the challenges of research contributing to solving global-scale problems with its total strength, by achieving further advances in the nanotechnologies and generic/infrastructural technologies which it has developed to date and applying those advanced technologies, based on a "one-to-many" system, thereby addressing individual research topics with a fusion of the capabilities of diverse fields.


Center and Division

Research Center for Functional Materials
Toward our bright future by creating non-traditional materials
Center for Green Research on Energy and Environmental Materials
Aiming for the world’s highest research center on energy and environmental materials
Research Center for Magnetic and Spintronic Materials
Basic Researches on Magnetic and Spintronic Materials.
Research Center for Structural Materials (RCSM)
A national research hub to pursue fundamental researches on structural materials for national resilience and industrial competitiveness
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA)
Aiming to become the one of the world’s largest research center for nanoarchitectonics and materials fields.
Research Center for Advanced Measurement and Characterization
Advanced Measurement and Characterization Technologies to AccelerateMaterials Innovation
Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System (MaDIS)
Innovate the materials research and development with integrating data

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