| The Center places a major emphasis on the well-organized management of the ‘nationwide joint-use Esystem designed for scientists and students in Japan. The system is organized by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). Our facilities can be accessed by scientists across Japan on a proposal basis.
We invite applications twice annually (in February and August). Research themes should be related to one of four broad categories: (a) deep biosphere and sub-seafloor sediments and rocks; (b) environmental changes, processes and effects; (c) solid earth cycles and geodynamics; and (d) other topics related to Earth drilling sciences. The advisory committee, which is organized by members inside and outside the Center, reviews the proposals and determines whether or not they are eligible.
Scientists and students who have approved proposals can stay at the Center for a period of time. They have access to instruments at the Center to conduct their research, while staff at the Center make every effort to support their stay. After the research is complete, scientists and students are obliged to submit short reports to the Center and are encouraged to publish results in referred journals.