The structure of the center consists of National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The function of NIMS and JST is as follows:
- NIMS --- Management of the program and others
- JST --- Promotion of regional collaboration
The headquarter of the center is located in NIMS, which is responsible for the management of the whole Nanotechnology Platform Japan Program. It works as an access point for outside users (one-stop service) and provide all information through this Web-page. Anyone can get proper information on the high-level research support using the cutting edge equipment for nanotechnology, which is setup and ready to use in member institutes and universities. The feasibility studies (FS) are accepted through the proposal bases for the beginners. The students can apply for training program of equipment, and may also apply to the international exchange program.
The five regional coordinators of JST, who are located in Hokkaido, Tohoku-Kanto, Tokai-Chubu, Kansai-Shikoku and Kyushu, look for the further promotion of local industrial collaborations in different scientific fields. The seed which is created at the local industry will grow into a big project by the collaboration with national laboratories and universities.
Depending on the research phases going through, information on the national large scale share facilities, such as SPring-8 and neutron sources are provided if it is needed.