Institute for Basic Science (IBS)

South Korea

IBS was established in 2011 aiming at advancing the frontiers of knowledge and fostering leading scientists of tomorrow by pursuing excellence in basic science research. Since then, IBS has been providing infrastructure for long-term, large-scale, and group research as well as supporting autonomous research activities of researchers, focusing on exploration of creative knowledge.

As a basic science research institute representing Korea, IBS is running 30 Centers in physics, chemistry, mathematics, life sciences, and interdisciplinary areas as of late 2018 and planning to increase the number to 50. In 2019, IBS has announced the call for applications for Directors and Chief Investigators. Applications will be accepted until March 3rd, 2019. For more information, please visit

The institute’s main philosophy is to select a world renowned scientist as a Center’s director and create an environment where the director can concentrate on his/her own creative research. That is because IBS believes that creativity can be maximized when excellent researchers focus on conducting challenging research in an autonomous research environment.

IBS has been generating research outcomes that attract world-wide attention and was named one of Nature Index Rising Stars 2016. Despite a short history, the institute is standing shoulder to shoulder with international basic science research institutes. With the 2018 completion of its new headquarters designated as an urban science park, IBS will maximize merits of group and interdisciplinary research as well as bring IBS’ research capabilities together. It will more actively recruit young researchers at home and abroad with its expansion, heralding an even brighter future.

Since 2016, IBS has been operating Young Scientists Fellowship (YSF) under the slogan ‘Initiate your own research at IBS. In order to intensify its support to grow the next-generation leaders of scientific investigators, IBS has been launching a new research unit called Pioneer Research Centers (PRC), a subset of the existing IBS HQ Centers since early 2019. PRCs consist of up to five Chief Investigators (CIs) each. A CI leads their own research group to pioneer new fields and focus on challenging research in the basic sciences. CIs are required to have scientific excellence equivalent to that of a principle investigator at a globally renowned research institute or to have great potential to reach the aforementioned level in the near future. IBS will continue its efforts to become a research hub where young scientists can devote themselves to their science with full autonomy and independence.

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Institute for Basic Science (IBS) published between 1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

317 88.49

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Physical Sciences 172 46.32
Life Sciences 58 13.03
1 0.88
1 0.05
1 0.02
4 0.84
1 0.05
1 0.45
1 0.02
2 0.57
3 1.07
1 0.03
2 0.70
18 3.15
1 0.10
2 0.29
2 0.86
1 0.25
9 2.84
3 0.65
1 0.03
1 0.11
2 0.07
Chemistry 154 41.53
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 1.54

Highlight of the month

Protein evolution by numbers



A new mechanical model of protein dynamics could help pharmaceutical companies better understand how drugs bind to their targets.

An international team led by researchers from the Institute for Basic Science used a mathematical tool called the Green function to relate how strings of amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — physically interact with each other to bend, twist and otherwise shape proteins into functional three-dimensional units.

This model treats proteins like an elastic network of rigid and flexible amino acids connected by molecular springs. The motions of certain regions then allow proteins to effectively bind to other molecules, although mutations can alter that capacity.

This mechanical view of proteins as evolving machines could reveal new unifying principles of protein biology as well as help drug design.

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  1. PNAS USA 115, E4559–E4568 (2018). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716215115

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On the Progenitor of Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817

The Astrophysical Journal Letters


1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 57.15% Domestic
  • 42.85% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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