About SORST

What is SORST ?

Outline

Among the researches conducted in the JST basic research programs, the researches expected to produce excellent findings and develop further will be continued without interruption beyond the previously allotted duration of research, thereby contributing to producing important research findings that will be the key to future science and technology, or which are expected to be put to practical use in the future.

Strategy targets

The research promoted in an attempt to achieve specific strategy targets is, as a rule, continued in order to achieve those strategy targets. However, any research expected to contribute significantly to other strategy targets may be promoted to achieve those targets.

Research supervisors

As research supervisors of each research fields (chemistry and environment, physics and information, and biology), they will give advice concerning the plan of each research, express their opinions on research evaluations (interim and ex-post evaluations), and hold public symposiums, along with other necessary tasks.

Chemistry and Environment
Takeshi Nakai (Visiting Professor, Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University) (*1)
Physics and Information
Tadaoki Mitani (Director, Innovation Plaza Ishikawa, JST) (*1)
Biology
Mitsuaki Yoshida (Director, Cancer Chemotherapy Center, Japanese Foundation For Cancer Reserch) (*1)
PRESTO type research (*2)
ERATO/ICORP type research (*3)
(Note) The titles and affiliations of research supervisors written above are as of March 2011.

(*1) CREST, former CREST, and ACT-JST type research, PRESTO type research whose existing research domains have been terminated, and ERATO, former ERATO, ICORP and former ICORP type research adopted in and before fiscal 2003 will be promoted under the research supervisor of each SORST field.
(*2) PRESTO type research programs adopted in fiscal 2004 and 2005 will be promoted under the research supervisors of the respective research domains until the existing research domains are completed.
(*3) ERATO, ICORP, former ERATO, and former ICORP type research adopted in fiscal 2004 and 2005 will be promoted under the research systems of conventional institutions.

Research proposals

We welcome any proposals on research scheduled to be completed, such as the JST basic research programs.
(All research projects were completed.)

Research period

A research period is two to five years. (For PRESTO, former PRESTO, and ACT-JST type research programs, it is two to three years.)

Research agreements

JST will, as a rule, establish an agreement on commissioned research with the organization of the researcher conducting specific research. However, ERATO and ICORP type research programs adopted in fiscal 2004 and 2005 will be subject to appropriate research agreements based on the research systems of conventional institutions.

Research expenses

The research expenses for each research will be set to about half of the conventional research expenses. The research expenses will cover the expenses for equipment, materials, personnel, travel, workshops, symposiums and other activities.

Research locations

Research locations will be appropriately set to enable effective and efficient research.

Intellectual property rights

Intellectual property rights arising from research based on an agreement on commissioned research will, as a rule, belong to the research organization responsible. The intellectual property rights arising from research based on an agreement on joint research will be, as a rule, shared by JST and the research organization responsible.

Research findings

Research findings will be made open to the public so as to present the results to society.

Research evaluation

An interim evaluation will be conducted of the progress of research, the status of findings, and future prospect for three years after the onset of research as a guide. Moreover, at the end of research, an ex-post evaluation will be conducted. Evaluation findings will be made known to the public on a Web site.

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