Selected for FY2006 Funding for Science and Technology Promotion Program

The following Nagoya University programs were selected for funding offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the FY2006 Science and Technology Promotion Program. The selections were announced on December 27, 2005.


Program name: Promoting Research and Other Activities to Solve Important Issues

This program was established to move ahead with research and development work to achieve concrete goals to contribute to solutions to problems identified as important national and social tasks. These are issues of a nature that makes them difficult for government agencies to address by themselves, issues that the government wants to promptly address. A comprehensive approach involving the cooperative efforts of several industrial, academic and government research institutions has been adopted. In addition, survey research work will be conducted as required under science and technology policies. 


Proposed projects

Research representative

Participating institutions

Technology development for natural symbiotic environmental management for the Ise Bay river basin area

Professor Tetsuro Tsujimoto, Graduate School of Engineering

National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Public Works Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, National Research Institute of Fisheries Engineering, National Research Institute of Aquaculture

Development of effective decontamination methods in response to biological and chemical terrorism

Professor Yasuo Seto, Director of the National Research Institute of Police Science (Assistant Professor Yoshihiro Nishida, Graduate School of Engineering)

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya University, Kanto Gakuin University, Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory, GL Sciences, Actis Company


Program name: Supporting an Environment for Young Researchers to Work Independently

The aim of this project is to promote the training and development of researchers capable of competing globally. To that end, research institutions are making organizational efforts to provide environments conducive for young researchers to do independent work. This includes support for establishing tenure tracks and creating facilities with stimulating research environments.


Proposed projects

Person in charge (research representative)

Nagoya University special program for training researchers working at advanced research institutes

President Shinichi Hirano
(Professor Hiroshi Shibai, Institute for Advanced Research)


Program name: Formation of Centers for Creating Integrated Advanced Innovations

To make the creation of innovations possible, a system must be established and functions must be developed to train the next generation of researchers and engineers. The goal of the proposed center, which will rely on industry-academia cooperation in advanced, integrated fields, is to promote research and development work that will help establish the cutting-edge technologies that will be the seeds for new industries 10 to 15 years from now.


Proposed projects

Person in charge (research representative)

Cooperating institutions

Creation of early-stage preventative medicine through the application of analytical and diagnostic medical engineering

President Shinichi Hirano
(Professor Hiroyuki Honda, Graduate School of Engineering)

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Olympus Corporation, Fujitsu Limited, Itochu Corporation


Program name: Strategic Promotion of Asian Cooperation in Science and Technology

Japan can play a leading role in science and technology development in the region by expanding the formation of open and equal partnerships with Asian countries, particularly China, South Korea, India, and ASEAN nations. In particular, efforts can include resolving issues countries in the region face in common, as well as organizing Asian contributions to solutions of global problems (such as environmental and energy problems, disaster prevention, and responses to epidemics). In addition, efforts can be made for creative scientific and technological development originating in the Asian region, and the Asian region can take the lead in science and technology by cultivating human resources with expertise in fields in which Asian countries excel. 


Proposed projects

Research representative

Refineries for converting biological waste into resources

Professor Tatsuya Hasegawa, EcoTopia Science Institute


-Funding for the promotion of science and technology-

Funding for the promotion of science and technology, refers to funds granted on a competitive basis to encourage organizations to work to achieve plans promoted by the Council for Science and Technology Policy and policies pursued by MEXT. The measures and activities outlined below were proposed in response to the government's report Basic Policy on Science and Technology issued in FY2006. The measures were in line with the position of the Japan Council for Science and Technology Policy announced on December 27, 2005 and the same Council's basic thinking on allocation of funds to cover adjusted expenses to promote scientific and technological development, which was announced on the same date. 


    1. Strengthening the leadership functions of the Council for Science and Technology Policy
    2. Reform of science and technology systems to enhance professional creativity and ability to create innovations
    3. Promotion of strategic research and development in response to our citizens' needs

Promotion of strategic globalization of science and technology activities


Reference documents: Summary of evaluation process and the selection results for FY2006 funding for the Science and Technology Promotion Program 


Related websites: MEXT comments on the summary of the evaluation process and the selection results for FY2006 funding for the Science and Technology Promotion Program