About Inter-university Research Institute

About Inter-university Research Institute

An inter-university research institute is a "research institute operated by the research community," a type of world-class organization unique to Japan. The inter-university research institute was organized as a core base to provide a place for joint research and extramural use by researchers across Japan. One such institution originated as the Research Institute for Fundamental Physics (Yukawa Hall) in Kyoto University, which was opened to the community in 1953 in response to requests from theoretical physicists throughout Japan.

Role of Inter-university research Institute

An inter-university research institute not only promotes pioneering studies on important research issues, but also provides opportunities for cutting-edge researchers throughout Japan to gather and engage in activities aimed at exploring future academic fields and creating new principles. New concepts of extramural use such as "joint usage of large-scale facilities" and "improvement of the intellectual foundation of academic materials" were later added to the original concept. While the research community's own management policy has been firmly maintained, many inter-university research institutes that do not belong to a specific university have been created.
While maintaining its uniqueness and diversity, each institute makes a great contribution to the development of academic research in Japan as a Center of Excellence in its respective research field. Together, they also serve as an international core base to promote cooperation and exchange with research institutes and researchers abroad.

Top-Level research Institutes

Each Institute constituting NINS conducts the management supported by the community by being member representing each researcher community in universities, etc. to the advisory committee, joint research committee, faculty personel committee, and other committees. In addition, all members of the conference for selecting the President of NINS consist of external committee members. Approximately half of the Management Council and Education Research Council consists of external committee members.
4 Inter-university Research Institute Corporations and their Inter-university Research Institutes
National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS)

High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)

Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS)
National Museum of Japanese History (NMJH)
National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL)
National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)
International Research Center for Japanese Studies (NICHIBUNKEN)
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)
National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU)

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS)
National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB)
National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS)
Institute for Molecular Science (IMS)

Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies (IPNS)
Institute of Materials Structure Science (IMSS)
Accelerator Laboratory
Applied Research Laboratory
National Institute of Polar Research (NiPR)
National Institute of Informatics (NII)
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM)
National Institute of Genetics (NIG)


Inter-University Research Institute is Japan's original organizations

Inter-University Research Institute is world-class organizations for the promotion of academic research unique to Japan. Each Inter-University Research Institution has a management committee that includes outside researchers and various committees, and is open to the research community. In addition, in order to ensure smooth joint use and joint research by university researchers, the faculty system, management based on mid-term goals and mid-term plans, and evaluation system are similar to those of national university corporations.