Research Partnerships

International collaboration is a key element of RIKEN’s research strategy, for today, science is a truly global endeavor. We have set up a number of research facilities overseas, and have agreements of MOUs with research institutes and universities domestically and abroad covering exchanges of researchers and the conduct of joint research, with the goal to strengthen institutional research collaborations and networking and hence ensure that RIKEN’s research can be carried out efficiently.

RIKEN has collaborative agreements or MOUs with more than 300 institutions overseas. In recent years, we have focused on forging institutional collaborations with research organizations including government-related bodies around the world with the goal of promoting global partnerships in science and technology as a leading Japanese organization. In addition to our facilities in the United States and United Kingdom, we have joint research centers or laboratories in Germany, Russia, China, Korea, India, and Malaysia. To expand our network, gather information about potential international collaborations, and to strengthen ties with researchers who have returned to their home countries or moved to another institute, we have established our liaison offices in Singapore, Beijing and Brussels (Belgium).

  • RIKEN Facility Office at RAL
  • RIKEN-Max Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical Biology
  • KFU-RIKEN Joint Research Labs
  • RIKEN-NCBS Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-USM Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-NTU Joint Research Centre
  • RIKEN-IMP Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-XJTU Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-Tsinghua Research Groups
  • RIKEN-SIOM Joint Research Unit
  • RIKEN-SJTU Joint Research Laboratory
  • NCTU-RIKEN Joint Research Laboratory
  • RIKEN-KRIBB Joint Research Unit
  • US West Coast Collaboration Office
  • RIKEN BNL Research Center
  • RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics

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Comprehensive Cooperation Agreements/MOUs between RIKEN and Major Overseas Research Organizations

China Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) May, 1982
The Shanghai Branch of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS Shanghai) May, 2006
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) February, 2008
Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) May, 2010
Korea Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) November, 1989
Korean Reserch Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) May, 1994
Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) April, 2006
Seoul National University (SNU) May, 2010
Institute for Basic Science (IBS) November, 2015
Taiwan Academia Sinica June, 2000
National Taiwan University August, 2016
Malaysia University of Malaya (UM) September, 2011
Univeristy Sains Malaysia (USM) May, 2012
Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research(A*STAR) September, 2005
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) September, 2011
National University of Singapore (NUS) January, 2012
Indonesia The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology of The Republic of Indonesia (BPPT) September, 1989
India Department of Science and Technology (DST) December, 2006
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientic Research (JNCASR)/Indian Institute of Science (IISc) June, 2013
Department of Biotechnology (DBT) September, 2013
National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Consortium September, 2013
Canada McGill University July, 2010
Brasil Amazonas State University (UEA) March, 2013
Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) May, 1984
Middle East
Israel Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) July, 1996
Sweden Karolinska Institute (KI) January, 2004
UK University of Liverpool (UoL) January, 2010
Germany The Max Planck Society (MPG) June, 1984
Technische Universität München (TUM) January, 2010
France Institut Pasteur (IP) January, 1984
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) July, 1994
Université de Strasbourg May, 1996
Switzerland Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) December, 2009
Russia Kazan Federal University November, 2015