National Institute for Fusion Science

Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research

The application should be submitted Online. Please submit the application after registering your researcher information through NOUS(https://nous.nins.jp/user/newuser). In completing and submitting the application form, please consult with your contact person in NIFS.

Deadline for applications( FY2024 research ): 3:00pm Friday Jan 12, 2024(JST)

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Contact Persons

NIFS Research Support Division Research Support Section
322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki City, GIFU Prefecture
509-5292 Japan
Tel. +81-572-58-2044

Domestic Collaboration Research Programs

In order to satisfy the broad needs for advancing cutting-edge research, NIFS conducts four collaboration research programs.

These are General Collaboration Research which utilizes facilities of NIFS, and Bilateral Collaboration Research, Fusion Development Collaboration Research, and Fusion DEMO Reactor Collaboration Research which utilize facilities of other institutes. The joint use and joint research activities are powerfully developed by accepting research proposals from researchers each year.

NIFS collaboration research activities are always reviewed and improved so as to be compatible with the latest research trends by changing the categories of collaboration. In FY2022, the categories of General collaboration Research were revised. The figures show the number of accepted collaboration subjects in each category. LHD Project Collaboration Research was closed in FY2022.

General Collaboration Research

General Collaboration Research is a system for the collaborators to carry out their research by using the facilities or the resources of NIFS, including experimental devices, diagnostics, the supercomputer, databases, and others. Because nuclear fusion includes a wide research area in physics and technology, from fundamental research to application, the system has a variety of categories.

In this collaboration, the collaborators come to NIFS and carry out research at NIFS. However, if it is necessary, NIFS staff can go to the university of a collaborator to perform joint research there. Furthermore, in the "network-type collaboration" category, the collaborators may conduct experiments at other universities involved in a particular project.

Many exploratory research proposals are adopted in the General Collaboration Research, and since a graduate student can be a collaborator, it is useful for training young researchers.

Collaboration Research which utilize facilities of other institutes

Bilateral Collaboration Research

Bilateral collaboration research promotes joint research bilaterally between NIFS and a research institute or a university research center which has a unique facility for nuclear fusion research. Under the collaboration, the facility is open for the researchers all over the country as a joint use program of NIFS, an inter-university research institute.

At present, five research centers are par ticipating in the program. They are: the Plasma Research Center at the University of Tsukuba, the Laboratory for Complex Energy Processes at Kyoto University, the Institute of Laser Engineering at Osaka University, the Advanced Fusion Research Center at Kyushu University, and the Hydrogen Isotope Research Center, Organization for Promotion of Research, at the University of Toyama.

Bilateral Collaboration Research

Fusion Development Collaboration Research

Fusion Development Collaboration Research aims to strengthen international competitiveness in the field of fusion science and to strengthen the foundation for human resource development. Fusion Development Collaboration Research promotes academic research using state-of-the-art fusion plasma experiment devices such as JT- 60S A led by QST through the joint use progr am. Fusion Development Collaboration Research strengthens collaboration between academic research and fusion development research through the cooperation of NIFS units and researchers in the field of fusion science and a wide range of academic circles. This joint research is scheduled to start in FY2024.

Fusion Development Collaboration Research

Fusion DEMO Reactor Collaboration Research

This collaboration program was initiated in fiscal year 2019 as the fourth category of the collaboration programs conducted by NIFS to accelerate the "action plan towards fusion DEMO research and development", which was composed by the Taskforce on DEMO Comprehensive Strategy in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This program attempts to solve issues of the “action plan", together with the collaboration programs conducted by the National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST).