Founded in 2009, the Asian Science and Technology Pioneering Institutes of Research and Education (ASPIRE) League is comprised of Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Tsinghua University in China. Established to form a hub for innovation in Asia, the consortium aims to contribute to the realization of a sustainable world through the advancement of science and technology and the development of human resources. The ASPIRE League pursues its objectives through research collaborations and student exchanges.



ASPIRE League Activities


● ASPIRE League Member Universities

● ASPIRE League Activities

   -  ASPIRE League Research Grant

   -  ASPIRE Forum

   -  ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy

● Exchanges with other Consortia

● Contact


ASPIRE League Member Universities

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(HKUST)outer

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST)outer

Nanyang Technological University(NTU)outer

Tsinghua University(Tsinghua)outer

Tokyo Institute of Technology(Tokyo Tech)outer


ASPIRE League Activities


ASPIRE League Research Grant

A unique feature of ASPIRE League activities is the establishment of satellite laboratories. Since 2011, Tokyo Tech has offered grant funding to support research collaboration and encouraged researchers from member universities to open their labs to one another as satellite labs. Between FY2011 and FY2016, twenty research projects in various fields received funding through the ASPIRE League Research Grant. Offered for research collaborations involving Tokyo Tech faculty and co-researchers from the ASPIRE League member universities, the grant has supported research exchanges which include students as well as faculty. Such inter-league exchanges continue among many, even after the grant period has expired.


The ASPIRE League Research Grant 2017 is offered for innovative collaborative research, conducted by faculty from Tokyo Tech and co-researchers from ASPIRE League member universities, which aims to contribute to a sustainable society through the advancement of science and technology in Asia and the development of human resources.
Tokyo Tech Professors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors (or above)
Research period
May 1- March 31 of the following year
Grant amount
3,000,000 JPY (maximum)
Note: The grant amount indicated is not necessarily the amount that will be awarded.
December (For the grant 2017: December 15, 2016)
Application deadline
Late January(For the grant 2017: January 27, 2017)


For details, please refer to:ASPIRE League Research Grantouter


ASPIRE Forum(held annually in July)

Held each year in July, the ASPIRE Forum brings together vice presidents from member universities to share presentations on their universities' activities during the past year, including reports on inter-league exchanges and research collaborations. The Forum encompasses the Student Workshop, the Symposium, and the Vice Presidents and Senior Staff Meeting.


  • ASPIRE Forum Student Workshop

  • An exchange program for graduate students, the Student Workshop is comprised of lectures and site visits based on a particular theme set by the university hosting the workshop. Participants are assigned to working groups comprised of students from each of the four sci-tech universities of Europe's IDEA League consortium together with counterparts from ASPIRE League member universities. (As the host university of the event arranges the workshop program and themes, presentation topics and other details may vary.)

    For details, please refer to :ASPIRE Forum Student Workshopouter


  • ASPIRE Symposium

  • Organized around a designated theme, the symposium brings together researchers of the member universities to share presentations and reports on research collaborations under the ASPIRE League Research Grant.


  • Vice Presidents and Senior Staff Meeting (VPSSM)

  • Vice presidents and senior staff from the member universities meet to share reports, exchange ideas, and discuss future activities of the ASPIRE League.

    For details of Symposium and VPSSM, please refer to:ASPIRE Forumouter


About 1 week in July(2017:July 9 to 15, 2017)
ASPIRE League Member University (2017: hosted by NTU)
Theme designated by host university.
【2017】Sustainable and Liveable Cities
Student Workshop
Graduate students (4th year undergraduates possible) of ASPIRE League and IDEA League. 5 Students from each member university.
Researchers specialized in the designated forum theme from member universities
ASPIRE League Research Grant Principal Researcher(s)
Vice presidents and senior staff of member universities
ASPIRE League Secretariat(Tokyo Tech)
Application for Student Workshop
Late April(2017)
Deadline for Application
Mid May(2017)


For references:

Report of ASPIRE Forum 2017pdf

Tokyo Tech delegation attends ASPIRE Forum 2017outer

Report of ASPIRE Forum 2016pdf

Tokyo Tech delegation attends ASPIRE Forum 2016outer

Report of ASPIRE Forum 2015pdf

Executive Vice President Maruyama attends ASPIRE Forum 2015 outer


ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy(held annually in July)

A four-day exchange program for undergraduates, the UGRA includes site visits, group work, and lectures organized around a broad theme. Participants also make presentations and gather information relevant to their own research interests.


4-5 days in July 【2017】July 17-21, 2017
ASPIRE League Member University
【2017】Host university:KAIST
Designated by host university.
【2017】Smart Solutions for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Environment
Undergraduates of ASPIRE League member universities
(For Tokyo Tech participants, preference given to 4th year students whose research topics are decided)
Five students of each member university
Late March(2017)
Deadline for Application
Mid April(2017)


For details, please refer to:ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academyouter



Exchanges with other consortia

The ASPIRE League and the IDEA League signed a joint declaration in 2009 agreeing to accept each other's students as participants in student exchange activities. Since then, Tokyo Tech students have participated in summer programs operated by IDEA League member universities (RWTH Aachen University in Germany, Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and Politecnico di Milano in Italy).


4 days to 1 week in August or September
August 27-30, 2017 (Delft University of Technology)
September 11-15, 2017 (Politecnico di Milano)
September 18-22, 2017 (RWTH Aachen)
IDEA League member university
Delft University of Technology
Politecnico di Milano
RWTH Aachen
Theme designated by host university.
Responsible Robotics and AI (Delft University of Technology)
Heritage and the Global Challenges (Politecnico di Milano)
Smart Urban Mobility (RWTH Aachen)
Master's and PhD students of ASPIRE League and IDEA League member universities.
1 student per program
Preliminary screening and selection of students will be made by Tokyo Tech. Student nominations will then be sent to the IDEA League Secretariat for final participant selection.
Early May
Deadline for Application
Late May



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