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What are "Strategic Basic Research Programs"?

Strategic Basic Research Programs are intended to advance basic research aimed at achieving solutions for key issues Japan is facing, and to produce the seeds of creative, innovative technologies from new scientific knowledge that gives rise to innovation in science and technology leading to social and economic change. As such, Strategic Basic Research Programs seek to build virtual research institutes (time limited research organizations spanning organizational boundaries) consisting of networks of researchers at universities, companies, and public research institutions. Researchers pursue their work, while building networks of other researchers, industrial concerns that will benefit from the fruits of research work, and interested parties in society at large, under the leadership of a Program Officer (Research Supervisor, etc.) performing the role of the institute director.


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â—†Comparison of top-down and bottom-up research projects


Feature of Strategic Basic Research Programs

In Strategic Basic Research Programs, the Research Area is designated together with a Research Supervisor.

To maximize the output of Strategic Basic Research Programs, in accordance with the characteristics of each Research Area, extensive management is implemented and organized, including outreach activities, Progress support, fusion of multidisciplinary fields, international collaboration, social implementation or practical development, and human resource development.

Program Directors

Kenjiro MIYANO Fellow, National Institute for Materials Science
Setsuo ARIKAWA Chairperson, Open University of Japan
Shigeo KOYASU Executive Director, RIKEN
Mitsuo SAWAMOTO Professor, Chubu University
Atsuko TSUJI Designated Professor, Nagoya University
Kazuhiko TOYAMA anaging Partner, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.
Kazuo HOTATE President, TOYOTA Technological Institute


Promoting Globalization on Strategic Basic Research Programs

Strategic Basic Research Programs aim to contribute creation of innovation by research achievement, and to maintain high level of research internationally. For this target, JST deems that it is necessary to enhance international activities, such as collaboration with foreign researchers and research presentations to the world in addition to activities of domestic research.


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