About the Institute for Advanced Research

Nagoya University’s Institute for Advanced Research was established according to the University’s Academic Charter in 2002 to produce internationally recognized academic research of the highest caliber, and to contribute to society through the research achievements at the Institute. Nagoya University was a leader among Japanese universities in creating such a new academic organization.

> Mission of Institute for Advanced Research

To promote the academic development of Nagoya University, the Institute for Advanced Research has four principal functions:

  1. As an academy within the University, the Institute communicates excellence in research to members of the University.
  2. By providing substantial support to research of international excellence, the Institute contributes to the improvement of quality of research across the University.
  3. By actively supporting the independence of outstanding young researchers, the Institute nurtures leaders of the next generation for the University.
  4. The Institute contributes to promote an international interaction of the University through the activities of University-Based Institute for Advanced Study (UBIAS) and being at the center of the global research exchange.

Besides the above activities, the Institute also submits recommendations on research advancement to the University leadership. Moreover, it cooperates with various projects, such the Global COE projects, and education conducted at all graduate schools. Finally, by establishing exchange relationships with other institutes of advanced study, it aims at communicating and highlighting the University’s research to a wider society.


> Organizational Structure of the Institute

1 Honorary Directors

In order to improve the academic prestige of the University, both domestically and internationally, and to enhance its various activities, the University President appoints Honorary Directors from academic institutions around the world. Honorary Directors provide the Institute with advice and suggestions concerning the Institute’s administration and operation.

2 IAR Academy

The IAR Academy is composed of the scholars that the University is proud of, who provide advice and suggestions concerning the academic advancement activities of the University. They also communicate the essences of academic research to the young scholars and graduate students through their research conducted at the Institute.

3 IAR Committee

The IAR Committee is composed of the IAR Steering Committee members, which plan, discuss, and decide on the Institute’s academic activities.

4   Institute Faculty/ YLC-t, YLC, S-YLC Faculties

The Institute Faculty members are afforded the utmost confidence by the University and are provided with a research environment that allows them to dedicate themselves confidently and responsibly to their research without distraction.

5 IAR Core Faculty Committee

The IAR Committee is composed of the Institute Director, Associate Directors, Core Faculty Members, and member of the clerical staff, who promote the Institute’s activities, and make proposals to the IAR Committee.

6 Committee IAR Fellows

IAR Fellows are selected from former IAR Faculty, former members of the IAR Committee, and external researchers with exceptional research records who have ties to the University. They contribute to the screening and evaluation of proposed research projects and are also involved in other Institute projects.


> Academic Activities

Lectures and Seminars

In an effort to promote academic research at the University through the communication of research of international excellence, the Institute organizes the following lectures and seminars:

1 Nagoya University Lecture

The Nagoya University Lecture is positioned to be the most important academic lecture at the University to be hosted by the President. The lecturers, selected from international researchers of the highest caliber, are awarded the Nagoya University Lectureships. It is open to the general public.

2 IAR Lectures

The IAR Lectures are the most important academic lectures at the institute. They target University researchers and cover research of extraordinary excellence from within and outside the University. They are open to the general public.

3 IAR Seminars

IAR Seminars target young researchers and graduate students. Topics are selected to support their research, including research frontiers, research ethics, etc.

4   Freshmen Lecture Series: Appreciating the fun of Research

Targeting freshmen of the University, this lecture series includes lectures delivered by members of the Academy, IAR Faculty members, IAR Fellows, and researchers of the University. It aims at communicating the fun of academic research.

Research Advancement Activities

1 Academy Office

Provides member of the Academy with offices, labs and a meeting room for intellectual exchange; supports their research and educational activities by collaborating with related departments.

2 IAR Research Projects

IAR selects distinguished researchers as IAR faculty and supports their research projects at IAR (project duration: 5 years). Recommendations for candidates are received from members of the Academy, members of the IAR steering committee, and from within the University, on an as-needed basis. The IAR faculty members are provided with research space at the IAR Hall, designated faculty members to assist their research,and research funding.

3 IAR Tenure-track Projects

IAR selects young researchers who can lead the research of the University in the next generation as IAR Tenure-track faculty. IAR supports their research with funding for setup and research, and research space at the IAR Hall.


 The IAR publishes  its biennial Institute for Advanced Research Handbook. In addition, the Institute for Advanced Research Letter is issued annually.