International Joint Usage / Research Center (iJURC)


The Institute for Chemical Research (ICR), which specializes in chemical research, was launched in 1926 as the first research institute at Kyoto University. Our founding vision was to “Excel in the Investigation of Basic Principles of Chemistry and Their Applications.” Since then, the ICR has vigorously pursued its pioneering and advanced research in diverse fields surrounding chemistry. Since fiscal year 2010, the ICR has been proactively collaborating with domestic/overseas universities and research institutes as a Joint Usage/Research Center (JURC), proclaiming “the Frontier and Interdisciplinary Research Core for Deepening Investigation and Promoting Collaboration in Chemistry-oriented Fields” supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. Based on its activity as a JURC, the ICR has sought to develop chemistry in a more diverse and expansive manner. Moreover, the ICR also continuously strives to train young researchers and contribute to the society through such collaborative research endeavors.

In 2018, MEXT favorably evaluated the international activities of ICR-JURC to approve ICR as the international JURC (iJURC), proclaiming “the Global Frontier and Interdisciplinary Research Core in ICR for Deepening Investigation and Promoting Collaboration in Chemistry-oriented Fields”. In ICR-iJURC, all faculty members of the ICR will continue to make concerted efforts to push forward international collaborative research,enhance international academic network, and train young researchers with an international perspective for sustainable human society.

Director, ICR, Kyoto University
AOYAMA, Takashi
Head, ICR-iJURC Collaborative Station
ONO, Teruo