News

Call for applications: 2020 Humanosphere Mission Research


21 May 2020



      In order to address issues of importance to the survival of humanity, the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH) is pursuing advanced integrated research in the following five mission areas: 1) Environmental Diagnosis and Regulation of Circulatory Function, 2) Advanced Development of Science and Technology Towards a Solar Energy Society, 3) Sustainable Space Environments for Humankind, 4) Development and Utilization of Wood-based Sustainable Materials in Harmony with the Human Living Environment, and 5) Quality of the Future Humanosphere. As part of its efforts to advance these missions, RISH's Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere is publicly inviting researchers to lead or participate in "Humanosphere Mission Research" projects as below. The Center looks forward to receiving your application.

      Eligibility

      To apply to be a Mission Research project director, applicants must be:

      • Full-time faculty members at Kyoto University (including fixed-term faculty members) or at other national or public research institutes, or full-time researchers (including those affiliated with a National Research and Development Agency or Incorporated Administrative Agency), who are eligible to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI), or in comparable positions if based outside Japan
      • Or, deemed qualified to apply for the position by the Director of the Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere

      Each applicant may apply to lead one project only. Those not affiliated with RISH must specify one or more RISH members as their research collaborators and one of them as the "person responsible at RISH" for their project.

      Notes regarding honorary professors and applicants from abroad:

      • Honorary professors must have a full-time researcher represent their project as its director. They may, however, apply to be the director themselves if they intend to work from home and can supply details of their work environment.
      • Applications may be submitted from outside Japan. Such applicants are advised to consult with their would-be collaborators at RISH and decide on how they would conduct research in their home countries, and agree on a budget plan in advance because all the accounting procedures are to be conducted at RISH. It is recommended that applications from abroad be submitted by the "person responsible at RISH".

      Those working under the supervision of another researcher or instructor, such as post-doctorate researchers, may apply to be collaborators. It is advised, however, that they first check to see whether doing so would be permitted by their organizations.

      • When publishing a paper, letter, report, etc based on the accepted research, the project director is asked to list one or more RISH researchers as coauthors, or if that is not possible, mention in the acknowledgments section that the research is supported by RISH as a Humanosphere Mission Research project. The director is also requested to send a copy of each published paper, letter, report, etc to the RISH Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere.
      • Any invention resulting from the project must be promptly reported to the RISH Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere.

      Application deadline

      Friday 29 May 2020

      How to apply

      Complete and email the specified application form (Microsoft Word document) to the "contact for applications" (below). The application form may change without notice, so please be sure to download the latest version via the following page:
      http://www.rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp/organization_e/exploratory_research/research_project/#MR
      (The completed application must not exceed two pages.)

      Project budget

      The budget for each project is to be managed at RISH. (To applicants not affiliated with RISH, the budget is to be managed by the "person responsible at RISH", so please discuss finances with this person.) It may be used to pay for items directly related to the research, including supplies, travel, remuneration, equipment, communications, and transportation. All equipment purchased with this budget must be registered as RISH property.

      Please supply a detailed breakdown of required funding so that specific financial requirements of your project will be readily identifiable.

      Budget period

      Through 31 March 2021

      Budget amount

      Up to 800,000 yen per project

      Contact for applications

      Takako Ueji (administrator), Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere
      Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University
      Address: Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 JAPAN
      Email: rish-center*rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)

      Applicants will receive a confirmation email within three working days of submission. If you do not receive an email within that time, please contact the address above.

      Contact for inquiries

      Naoki Shinohara (director), Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere
      Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University
      Address: Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 JAPAN
      Email: rish-center*rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)

      Notes

      • A total of 25 Humanosphere Mission Research projects were approved for FY2019.
      • Evaluation criteria include relevance to humanosphere science and RISH's overall missions.
      • Proposals for projects that would extend beyond March 2021 must include a detailed explanation for the extension.
      • Approved project team members are expected to present at a humanosphere research symposium to be held March 2021, in addition to submitting reports on their findings.

      Related links



      No