Overview of Program

 Today's PhD students are expected to shoulder the responsibility for future science, technology and innovation. However, in recent years, the number of students enrolling in doctoral courses is declining due to financial difficulties and concerns over employment prospects.

 There is an urgent need to (1) strengthen financial support for excellent aspiring PhD students and (2) promote the development of diverse and engaging graduate career paths. Japan's doctoral education system also faces a structural problem, in that it has not been sufficiently promoting strategic reform based on changes in social needs. As a result, it is not encouraging challenging and interdisciplinary research that goes beyond existing frameworks.

 In order to improve this situation, Support for Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation (SPRING) supports universities or colleges that have the ability and motivation to independently carry out (1) and (2) above, beyond the boundaries of their own graduate schools and laboratories. Each university or college will designate a program officer to select PhD students, and JST will support their efforts to provide and develop various types of PhD student care.

 The chosen PhD students can devote themselves to unrestricted, challenging and interdisciplinary research projects, while also being free to change their affiliations and continue receiving support. The program also helps cover students' research and living expenses, and provides career development training. Topics in the latter include international mindset cultivation, interdisciplinary research, transferable skills, internships, and more.

 Each program officer forms a management team to make sure their activities are carried out effectively.

Scheme

Management

The Chairperson of the Committee of Support for Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation

YASUURA HirotoProfessor Emeritus
Kyushu University

The Members of the Committee of Support for Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation (in alphabetical order)

HASEYAMA Miki Vice Dean
Professor (Dean) of Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Hokkaido University
ITO Kozo Professor
Graduate School of Frontier Science
The University of Tokyo
KANNARI Fumihiko Professor
Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Keio University
KATSU Etsuko Vice President International
Meiji University
KOISHI Ryuta Senior Director
Translational Research Unit
DAIICHI SANKYO RD NOVARE CO., LTD.
KOIZUMI Amane Project Professor
National Institutes of Natural Sciences
KUDO Takako Director/ Specially Appointed Professor
Gunma Study Center
The Open University of Japan
NAKA Makiko Executive Director
RIKEN
SHIROYAMA Hideaki Professor
Graduate School of Public Policy
The University of Tokyo
SUGIYAMA Naoshi President
Nagoya University