About Tokyo Tech

Policy on Research Enhancement

Following adoption under the Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2013, Tokyo Institute of Technology introduced a policy to enhance research at the Institute.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Policy on Research Enhancement

October 2013

With its goal of becoming one of the world's top 10 research universities by 2030, Tokyo Institute of Technology is implementing the following reforms to promote internationally competitive research, improve research quality, and provide world-class research-informed education.

Ⅰ. Intensively promote international joint research and provision of an international research environment

  • Expand opportunities for Institute faculty members to visit overseas universities, research laboratories, and companies to aggressively promote and enhance international joint research
  • Invite more overseas researchers to the Institute and improve the research environment and support available to them
  • Promote the employment of researchers from overseas and improve the research environment and support available to them
  • Promote internationalization of the Institute, increase international co-authorship, and elevate the Institute's global presence

Ⅱ. Concurrently implement the following

Strengthen the Institute's fields of expertise
  • Intensify ongoing efforts to establish the Earth-Life Science Institute, selected as a center under the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) by MEXT in 2012, and the Tokodai Institute for Element Strategy (TIES), also selected by MEXT in 2012 under the Elements Strategy Initiative to Form a Core Research Center in the field of electronic materials
  • Establish more research centers through government programs and other support sources
  • Evaluate the Institute's fields of expertise and formulate plans for new research centers
Foster next-generation fields in which to utilize the Institute's research capabilities
  • Promote research that integrates different disciplines and focuses on solutions to social problems
  • Increase cooperation among Institute researchers, organize research teams, promote collaborations with domestic and international universities and companies, and acquire more external research funding
  • Evaluate the Institute's research capabilities and formulate new research plans
Maintain broad fundamental and foundational areas, which support the Institute's fields of expertise and the development of next-generation fields
  • Support early-career researchers
  • Assist researchers in obtaining research funds, including Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)
  • Maintain and improve research infrastructure, particularly through promotion of facilities sharing, to more efficiently utilize research funds and achieve results