In principle, when directors are rendered unable to perform duties due to special circumstances (accident, dismissal, etc.), the concerned Centers shall close down. However, the IBS president may establish an advisory committee to determine whether the Centers should be continued or closed in the following exceptions: 1)Large equipment and facilities of national value, and/or world-class human and physical infrastructure are established at a Center; 2) Center’s research topics, areas, and achievements are unique and outstanding on a global level, and deemed necessary to be continued. In the case of continuation decision, measures including appointment of new director(s), change of research topics, and adjustment to Centers' organization and budgets may be undertaken. In the case of discontinuation decision, Centers shall be closed within one year after such decision is made.
In principle, the ownership of tangible and non-tangible research outcomes, such as papers and intellectual property rights that are produced as results of HQ Centers' research projects, belong to IBS. In the case of papers, if authors of papers have affiliations other than IBS, such affiliations may be indicated along with IBS.
Whether to continue IBS support for Centers will be decided upon the results of Center Reviews. The IBS president may decide to close a research group or a Center if the Review results are not up to standard.
Center Reviews take place every three years. Newly-established Centers will have an interim assessment (similar to that of a consultation, which should not be considered as a review) two years after their opening, then undergo a Review on a three-year basis.
IBS is in charge of managing research budgets of HQ Centers.
Yes, they can. However, their research commencement date may be adjusted to after the completion of their ongoing Basic Science Research Programs (or phases thereof).
Directors and associate directors are, in principle, expected to make a full-time commitment to IBS research. Newly-appointed directors and associate directors should wrap up their other ongoing research projects within a period set by the IBS president.
Yes, in principle, full-time employment is required. However, directors or associate directors who will switch their affiliations from their previous institutions of employment may be granted a transition period of up to two years during which they are allowed to retain their employment status with the previous affiliations by taking a leave of absence, being temporarily dispatched to IBS or maintaining concurrent positions. However, associate directors whose affiliations are institutions that signed a separate agreement with IBS may be exceptions.
Associate directors will discuss their labor costs (salaries) with their directors once selected. Then, it requires approval from the IBS president to finalize the figures.
Openings for associate directors will be announced as requested by relevant Centers. The announcements will be made on the websites of major academic societies and international journals. The selection procedure for associate directors will be carried out as strictly as the procedure for directors, and the evaluations will proceed as follows: Document evaluation → In-depth evaluation → Comprehensive evaluation.