Application Guidelines

The Institute for Chemical Research (ICR), Kyoto University

Global Frontier and Interdisciplinary Research Core for Deepening Investigations and Promoting Collaboration in Chemistry-oriented Fields

2019 Call for Proposal of Joint Research Projects

The Institute for Chemical Research (ICR) has vigorously pressed forward its frontier and advanced research in diverse fields surrounding chemistry to “Excel in the Investigation of Basic Principles of Chemistry and Their Applications.” From fiscal years 2010 to 2018, the ICR advanced domestic and international research projects as a Joint Usage/Research Center (JURC), proclaiming “Frontier and Interdisciplinary Research Core for Deepening Investigations and Promoting Collaboration in Chemistry-oriented Fields.” In 2018, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan 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”. By applying such achievements, the ICR will energetically continue to advance its activities as a iJURC to develop global chemical collaborating research.

To promote fundamental and applied chemistry research considering the needs from the global chemical society, the ICR currently invites proposals for 2019 iJURC research projects in fields related to chemistry as detailed below. Proposals of research projects in the following four categories are welcome: field-specific (pre-planned) research, proposal–based research, promotion of collaborative and multidisciplinary research, and facilities and equipment use. These projects should be conducted in conjunction with a full-time faculty member(s) or a visiting faculty member(s) of the ICR, and any adopted proposal can utilize our shared facilities, equipment, and resources. Any project category may include researchers from abroad as principle investigators and/or collaborating researchers (international collaborations) and from Japan (domestic collaborations).

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals by January 31, 2019. Please kindly read the details of this call for proposals carefully before applying.

Director, ICR, Kyoto University
TSUJII, Yoshinobu

Head, ICR-iJURC Collaborative Station
TERANISH, Toshiharu

1. Research Period

One year (from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020)

2. Research Project Categories

We are seeking proposals in the following four categories: field-specific (pre-planned) research, proposal-based research, promotion of collaborative and multidisciplinary research, and facilities and equipment use. Regardless of the category, please contact either the ICR member who is in charge of the relevant category (or research field) or your intended ICR partner researcher before preparing your proposal. For budget information, please refer to Table 1 (Overview of Joint Use/Joint Research Budget for 2019).

2-1. Field-specific (pre-planned) Research

Field-specific (pre-planned) research is jointly conducted with an ICR researcher(s) in fields specified by the ICR. For 2019, we are welcoming proposals in the following five fields. We plan to adopt a total of approximately 40 projects for these five fields (20 projects for exploratory research, and 20 projects for advanced research).

Beam Science (Person in Charge: Prof. SAKABE, Shuji; sakabe@laser.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
Core topics: Development of advanced quantum beams and creation of novel analytical methods
Objectives: This field endeavors development of advanced quantum beams such as laser, X-ray, electron beam, ion beam, and its application to advanced diagnostic analysis method. Additionally, we aim to investigate ultra-fast chemical and physical phenomena in microscopic region by using these quantum beams in a complex manner.

Elements Science (Prof. NAKAMURA, Masaharu, masaharu@scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
Core topics:Creation of novel materials and their functions based on elements science
Objectives: This field endeavors to elucidate the characteristics of elements, to elicit unknown characteristics of such elements, and to develop novel materials possessing excellent features due to newly found characteristics. Considering that synergistic effects of the component elements result in material functions, we aim to establish scientific methodologies to clarify the synergy of elements, and ultimately to create new functions which can contribute to solve the social issues.

Bioinformatics (Person in Charge: Prof. OGATA, Hiroyuki, ogata@kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
Core topics: Integrated analysis of complex information, including biological information
Objectives: This field strives to deepen knowledge of chemical aspects in biological systems by investigating how biological information is related to chemical phenomena in a living organism using the latest biological information such as genomes and metagenomes. Ultimately, we aim to apply this knowledge to genomic drug discovery and personalized medicine.

Material Synthesis (Person in Charge: Prof. MURATA, Yasujiro, yasujiro@scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
Core topics: Strategic development of composite functional materials
Objectives: This field aims to develop next-generation materials with novel functionalities. Our research emphasizes to synthesize of hybrids, composites, different materials in nano-scale. We also strive to elucidate the chemical interactions between functional materials and biological phenomena by treating biological tissues, such as biological membranes, which exhibit various functions (e.g., recognition, response, and reaction in biological bodies), as composite functional materials.

Phenomena analysis (Person in Charge: Prof. TERANISHI, Toshiharu, teranisi@scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
Core topics: Material analysis based on composite measurements
Objectives: This field strives to obtain a hierarchical understanding and description of natural and artificial materials using a variety of spectroscopic and analytical methods based on chemistry. The results will be used to establish a novel framework for materials science.

2-2. Proposal-based Research

(Person in Charge: KAJI, Hironori, kaji@scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp)

This category invites proposals from either chemists from multidisciplinary research areas in the above five field-specific research fields or other research fields. Approximately 40 projects will be adopted: 20 exploratory research and 20 advanced research projects. We especially welcome projects that may lead to a novel field in chemistry. Additionally, projects deemed to be of the utmost urgency and importance may be adopted immediately regardless of the aforementioned application deadline.

2-3. Promotion of Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Research

(Person in Charge: Prof. WATANABE, Hiroshi, hiroshi@scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp)

This category is primarily aimed at strengthening collaborations in chemistry and related fields between researchers in Japan and those around the world. This category accepts proposals in which the principle investigator will seek international research collaborations with foreign institutes that have signed a General Memorandum for Academic Cooperation and Exchange with the ICR. (See https://www.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp/sites/icr/international/ for more details.) Additionally, we welcome proposals that intend to organize a meeting or symposium for future international collaborations. Approximately five projects will be adopted.

2-4. Facilities and Equipment Use

(Person in Charge: Prof. KURATA, Hiroki, kurata@eels.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp)

Facilities and equipment use projects are collaborative research that are mainly aimed at using ICR’s shared facilities, equipment, and resources, which are listed on our website (https://www.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp/sites/icr/research/joint-usage/kaken_kyodo_instr/). Approximately 15 projects will be adopted.

Table 1. Overview of the International Joint Use/Joint Research Budget for 2019
Maximum budget per project*
(unit: thousand yen)
International collaboration Domestic collaboration
Field-specific research (exploratory) 1,000 800
Field-specific research (advanced) 2,000 1,500
Proposal-based research (exploratory) 1,000 800
Proposal-based research (advanced) 2,000 1,500
Promotion of collaborative and multidisciplinary research 1,000  800
Facilities and equipment use 1,000 800

Notes: These figures are just for reference. The amount of support will be adjusted depending on the overall budget.
Applicants and their ICR should determine the budget allocation for equipment, consumables, and travel. In particular, when determining the travel budget, the specific circumstances of the research teams’ locations should be taken into account.

3. Collaborative Research Proposal Guidelines

3-1. Qualifications

Full-time (or equivalent) researchers at a university (national, public, or private), a research institute (national, public, or private), or an independent (or equivalent) administrative agency

3-2. How to Prepare an Application Form

Prior to submitting your application, you should discuss the research objective, scope, and budget with either the ICR member in charge of your proposal research field or category, or your intended ICR member(s). You should be selected from the ICR full-time or visiting faculty members in 2019. Please refer to the ICR website (https://www.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp/sites/icr/research/person/) for a list of faculty members.
If you are having trouble determining an appropriate joint researcher, please consult with the ICR member in charge of your proposal research field or category for assistance. The maximum budgets indicated in Table 1 are for your reference. When you consult with your selected ICR member(s), your conversation should include a detailed breakdown of the budget for equipment, consumables, and travel should be included. In particular, when determining the travel budget, make sure to consider the locations and circumstances of all researchers on your team.
Please submit the relevant application form (from the following four forms) to the Collaborative Research Office at the ICR: Proposal Application Form for Field-specific Research (Form 1, MS Word/PDF), Proposal Application Form for Proposal-Based Research (Form 2, MS Word/PDF), Proposal Application Form for Promotion of Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Research (Form 3, MS Word/PDF), and Proposal Application Form for Facility and Equipment Use (Form 4, MS Word/PDF).
Any category may include researchers from abroad. If your group includes researchers from abroad, check the box in the upper left corner of the appropriate form.

1. Fields marked with * are for internal use. Please leave them blank.
2. Always fill out the name and contact details of your intended ICR.
3. Roles of the Applicant (namely principal investigator of the proposal project) and the ICR partner researcher and collaborating researchers should be clarified. All researchers must agree with their assigned roles before submitting the application.

3-3. Application Deadline and Submission Address

Completed application forms should be submitted by email as a MS Word attachment to the following email address by Monday, January 31, 2019.

Submission and Inquiries:
International Joint Usage/Research Section, Joint Research Promotion Office, ICR, Kyoto University
Email: icr-hub@scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp  Phone: +81-774-38-3121

4. Project Selection Procedure and Notification of Adoption

A jury established in the ICR will initially screen all applications. The governing council of the ICR will make the final decision. The evaluation is comprehensive; it considers not only the proposal itself, but also the budget allocation and the length of intended use of the ICR facilities, equipment, and resources. Although the offer is tentative, the applicant (principal investigator) will be notified of the results in March 2019.

5. Conducting Projects and Reporting Research Outcomes

5-1. Research Budgets

The budget will consist of a research budget (equipment and consumables) and travel budget for the principal investigator and the ICR partner researcher. A travel budget is also provided for collaborating researchers, which can be students†. Please contact your ICR partner researcher to start your collaborative research project. Note that the ICR does not have accommodations for collaborating researchers to stay.
† When you include a collaborating researcher who is a student, he/she should, in principle, be a graduate student. Student participants must be covered by accident insurance or equivalent.

5-2. Research Outcome Reports

A research report should be submitted for adopted projects according to the guidelines shown below. The submitted report will be published as a part of the ICR International Joint Usage/Research Center research report. Additionally, principal investigators may be asked to give a presentation on the outcomes at a workshop. Details about presentations will be later provided to the principal investigator.

5-3. Result Report Format

A one-page report for a field-specific research project, proposal-based research project, and facilities and equipment use project, or a two-page report for a promotion of collaborative and multidisciplinary research project is required using Form 5 (MS Word/PDF). An A4 sheet accommodates texts up to approximately 1,000 words. Figures and tables may be in color, but please note that the report can be published in black and white.
The research project title should be centered on the first line of the first page. The name and affiliation of the principal investigator should be on the third line as right aligned, and the main text should start from the fifth line. Your ICR partner researcher should not be listed as a co-author of your project. Instead, mention your ICR partner researcher’s name in the main text as needed. If your project is an international collaboration, please prepare your report in English.

5-4. Report contents

Although you are not required to use a specific format, we suggest, for example, that an experimental project includes the following sections: objectives, experimental methods, experimental results, discussion, and outcome reports (papers, presentations, etc.). If you organize a workshop or meeting as part of a promotion of collaborative and multidisciplinary research project, please attach the program, a list of participants (with affiliations, organizations, and titles) and a summary or proceedings (if any) of such activities to your research report.

5-5. Report submission

Your report must be submitted by February 28, 2020 as attachments (Word and PDF files) to the following email address. The PDF file should be named “project code + principal investigator’s family name.”

Submit your report to:
International Joint Usage/Research Section, Joint Research Promotion Office, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Email: icr-hub@scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Phone: +81-774-38-3121

5-6. Disclosure of Research Outcomes

When you present your research outcomes as a journal article or other means, please acknowledge that it is the result of an International Joint Usage/Research project with ICR, Kyoto University. Below is an example of an acknowledgment in English.

This work was supported by the International Collaborative Research Program of Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University (grant # XXXX)
Your acknowledgment in Japanese should be equivalent to this sentence.