The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) was founded in 1939, as a part of Osaka University, based on the strong desire of the business leaders of private enterprises in Kansai area. The purpose of the Institute is to study science necessary for industry and their applications. Since then, the institute has been developed into one of the leading research organizations for science and engineering in Japan.
In 1939, ISIR had only 3 departments. Until the end of 1980’s it increased research areas and laboratories in the fields of electronic engineering, computer science, metallurgy and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry biochemistry and beam science.
ISIR was restructured in 1995 to an Institute composed of 6 divisions with 24 departments for the purpose of promoting sciences on materials, information and biology. From 2002 to 2006, we were awarded the 21 Century COE Program MEXT(the Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
In 2002, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center was founded after restructuring Research Center for Intermaterials and Radiation Laboratory. The new Center focused its research on nanomaterials and devices, beam science for nanotechnology and industrial nanotechnology. In 2003, the Center Building was constructed. In the new Center Building, Nanotechnology Process Foundry was opened for supporting the nationwide research in the nanotechnology.
From 2006 to 2009, Materials Science & Technology Research Center for Industrial Creation was promoted in collaboration with IMRAM (Tohoku Univ). In 2007, it was expanded to the Post-Silicon Materials and Devices Research Alliance including RIES (Hokkaido Univ) and CRL (Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT)).
In 2006, Academia Industry Relation Office (AIR-Office) was settled in order to strengthen cooperation between the institute and industries. In 2008, Division of Special Projects was founded for promotion of research of young faculties.
In 2009, we carried out a significant restructuring in order to develop the novel interdisciplinary research fields and to strengthen the nanotechnology research field : a reformation into 3 divisions (Division of Information and Quantum Sciences, Division of Material and Beam Sciences, and Division of Biological and Molecular Sciences) and an expansion of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center to include 6 laboratories.
In 2010, in order to establish a core for academia-industry collaboration and open innovation, we constructed the SANKEN Incubation Building. This building contains on-campus rental laboratory space (Company Research Park) for private corporations.
In 2010, the Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devices including ISIR (Osaka Univ.), RIES (Hokkaido Univ.), IMRAM (Tohoku Univ.), CRL (TIT) and IMCE (Kyusyu Univ.) was started under the authorization by MEXT. There is no precedent for such a large network of university institutes in Japan and it is greatly expected to promote the interdisciplinary collaboration in the fields of materials and devices science. In 2016, Dynamic Alliance for Open Innovation Bridging Human, Environment and Materials was established and ISIR is the headquarters of this nation-wide 5 institutes network
In 2011, we concluded a research-collaboration agreement with Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw (imec), one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institute and “imec office” was opened at ISIR. Furthermore, we established “ISIR imec center” in imec of Belgium to promote the global cooperation network in 2017
In FY2013, Osaka University has been selected as one of the core universities of the MEXT program, “Center of Innovation Scinece and Technology based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM)”, and ISIR will play a centeral role of the Osaka Univ.
ISIR will further develop multidisciplinary researches and academia-industry collaborations as a core of the nationwide collaborations network of university institutes.