Summary of National Institute for Materials Science

2023.09.01 Update

Research Policy

As a Designated National Research and Development Institute, NIMS aims to create world-class achievements in materials science and technology.


NIMS was established with the aim of improving the level of materials science and technology by carrying out the following tasks based on the Japanese law “Act on the National Institute for Materials Science, National Research and Development Agency.”
  • Fundamental and basic research and development related to materials science and technology
  • Dissemination of research results and promotion of their applications
  • Shared use of NIMS facilities and equipment
  • Training of researchers and engineers
Through these tasks, NIMS plays a role as a core institution leading the field of materials science.

Summary of NIMS

Introducing our profile -location, executive, the number of employees, research centers et al- at a grant. For more details, please see the linked page of each section.

Organization name National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Objective Carrying out fundamental research and generic/infrastructural technology research and development in the field of materials science, and with improving the level of materials science and technology.
July, 1956
Established the National Research Institute for Metals (NRIM)
April, 1966
Established the National Institute in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM)
April, 2001
Merged to National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
April, 2015
The Independent Administrative Institution(IAI) system reestablished as the system of the National Research and Development Agency.
See details in "History"
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, JAPAN
1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, JAPAN
3-13 Sakura, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0003, JAPAN
See details in "Location (sites)"
Kazuhiro Hono
Executive Vice President:
Senior Vice President:
  • Wataru Okabe
Executive Advisor to the President:
  • Takayoshi Sasaki
Major operations Fundamental research and generic / infrastructural technology research and development.
See details in "Activities and Achievements"
Annual Budget About 30.1 billion yen (Year ended 31 March 2022)
See details in "Settlement & Workforce Report"
Workforce 1,536 (As of April 1st, 2023)
See details in "Settlement & Workforce Report"
Research fields
  • Materials for Energy and Environment
  • Nanoscale Materials
  • Advanced Key Technologies
Reseach Center