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Join us in pioneering a new integrated cell-materials science

iCeMS was founded in 2007 as part of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) launched by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Since its inception, iCeMS has endeavored to expand a new scientific field that integrates cell biology, which aims to understand life phenomena from the properties of cells, and chemistry, which investigates the structures of materials.

In order to establish a new science that integrates cells and materials, iCeMS emphasizes fundamental research. Without researchers who dedicate themselves to fundamental research, innovations that enrich society would never be attained.

iCeMS has produced prominent fundamental researchers, including Professor Shinya Yamanaka in stem cell biology, Professor Susumu Kitagawa in chemistry of coordination space, and Professor Mitinori Saitou in synthetic biology. In addition, our young researchers are continuously publishing valuable findings. To sustain these research activities, your encouragement and support are indispensable.

Anyone can contribute to our endeavors through the iCeMS Fund. With your help, we are looking forward to pioneering new fields of fundamental research.

As a new type of research organization visible to the world, iCeMS has been working to create an innovative research environment at Kyoto University. We have been able to integrate research areas with the world’s highest research standards and create an international research environment that attracts talented people from all over the world.

iCeMS researchers are energetically devoting themselves to their work day after day. Their research fields range broadly from creating, unfettered by common sense, unknown substances and materials, to attempting to elucidate the intricate mysteries of life.

The benefit of our fundamental research to our daily lives may not be immediately obvious. Nevertheless, we are convinced that continuous pursuit of our goals will result in steady progress of science and open up a new future for humanity.

Science is always making progress, still, life’s mysteries are fathomless, and the realm of the unknown expands indefinitely. We are calling on friends who understand and support our endeavors to explore the unexplored. Won’t you join in the challenge that lies ahead and pursue new vistas in science and technology alongside us?

Fund applications

Researcher development
- Developing young researchers and providing support to send them overseas
Research support
- Supporting research activities to promote interdisciplinary research
Social contributions
- Worldwide sharing of iCeMS information including research findings
Operation of iCeMS
- Employment of researchers and staff
- Administration of the institute

*The terms and conditions for the use of donations were revised in March 2021 to include facility management costs. For more details : PDF

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