Call for applications: 2021 Exploratory Research on Humanosphere Science

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In order to discover and promote exploratory research projects related to humanosphere science, which aims to provide a foundation for sustained survival of humanity, the Center for Exploratory Research on Humanosphere, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), is inviting researchers to lead or participate in joint projects in "Exploratory Research on Humanosphere Science" as below. The Center looks forward to receiving your application.


To apply to be an Exploratory 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

There is no minimum age requirement for the project director position, and early-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

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.

Please note the following about applying from abroad to be a project director:

  • 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 an Exploratory Research on Humanospheric Science 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

Thursday 20 May 2021

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:
Application Guidelines: Exploratory Research on Humanosphere Science

(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 2022

Budget amount

Up to 500,000 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* (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* (replace * with @)


  • Seven projects were approved for FY2020 Exploratory Humanosphere Research.
  • Evaluation criteria include potential and innovativeness as they relate to humanosphere science.
  • Projects should ideally conclude by 31 March 2022; longer-running projects may be considered based on the reasons provided by the applicant.
  • Members of the approved projects are expected to present at a humanosphere research symposium to be held March 2022, in addition to submitting written reports on their findings.

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