International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS)

The NIMS International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS) program provides you with a “Melting Pot” environment mixing different research fields and cultures. Talented young multinational researchers are gathering to conduct independent research. ICYS researchers are expected to pursue various aspects of interdisciplinary materials research in close collaboration with NIMS mentor researchers. The offices of ICYS are located at Sengen and Namiki sites of NIMS in Tsukuba Science City.

NIMS's unique system helps active research of talented young scientists from all over the world

Koichi Tsuchiya
Managing Director of ICYS
As a world core institute in the field of materials science, it is an important mission of NIMS to foster young materials scientists who can lead worldwide materials research and development in the future.
The International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS), inaugurated in 2003 in NIMS, offers unique research environment represented by “In4", that is, International, Interdisciplinary, Independent and Innovative. So far, we received applications from over 80 countries and accepted researchers from over 27 countries.
ICYS Research Fellows are encouraged to pursue innovative and independent research based on their original ideas. Annual research budget of 2 million JP¥ is provided and the Fellows can take full advantage of advanced research facilities in NIMS. Full clerical support is given by the ICYS staff in English so that the Fellows can concentrate on their research. ICYS Fellows working on different materials/topics share their office rooms located in Sengen- or Namiki- campus of NIMS. This “melting pot” environment is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration through their daily interaction. For each ICYS Research Fellow, the experts in the pertinent research field in NIMS, are assigned as mentors to give advice on the research direction. Bi-weekly ICYS seminars offer good opportunity for the ICYS Research Fellows to present their research progress, to receive suggestions and to learn new ideas from their colleagues as well as other NIMS researchers through lively and stimulating discussion.
After the ICYS fellowship, about 30% of the Fellows obtained tenure researcher positions in NIMS or found faculty positions in top-ranked universities, or research institutes worldwide.
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Deputy Directors

 Dr. Tomonobu Nakayama      Dr. Masayuki Takeuchi


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