Call for applications: 2018 Humanosphere Mission Research

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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 follows. The Center looks forward to receiving your application.


In order to apply as a project "director", applicants must be:

  • Full-time instructors at Kyoto University (including fixed-term instructors) or other national or public research institutes, or full-time researchers who are eligible to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (including those affiliated with a National Research and Development Agency or Incorporated Administrative Agency), 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 collaborators and one 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.
  • Applicants based abroad are advised to consult with their RISH collaborators about how they will conduct research in their home countries, and agree in advance on a budget plan where all accounting procedures are 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.

Application deadline

Friday 11 May 2018

How to apply

Complete and email the specified application form (Microsoft Word document) to the "contact for applications" (below). The application format may change without notice, so please be sure to download the latest version from the following page:
(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 2019

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, Kyoto University
Address: Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 JAPAN
Email: rish-center* (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

Junji Sugiyama (director), Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University
Address: Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 JAPAN
Phone: 0774-38-3632 (+81-774-38-3632)

Email: rish-center* (replace * with @)


  • A total of 24 Humanosphere Mission Research projects were approved for FY2017.
  • Evaluation criteria include relevance to humanosphere science and RISH's overall missions.
  • Proposals for projects that would extend beyond March 2019 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 2019, in addition to submitting reports on their findings.

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