Research Development Section FY2020 Chronicle

Research Development Section FY2020 Chronicle

Surveying Social Trends
Visualizing Research Capability
Interdisciplinary Research Event
Support for Acquiring KAKENHI
PRESTO Application Support
Researcher Skills Development
New Normal Research Map Production
Pamphlet Introducing Tokyo Tech Research
Surveying Social Trends
Visualizing Research Capability
Interdisciplinary Research Event
Support for Acquiring KAKENHI
PRESTO Application Support
Researcher Skills Development
New Normal Research Map Production
Pamphlet Introducing Tokyo Tech Research

Established in April 2020, the Research Development Section consists of URAs who provide support in various areas of the research cycle, including strategy, planning, communications, funds acquisition, and institutional analysis. Here we highlight some of the topics undertaken by these URAs in FY2020.

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Survey of Social Trends for Research Strategy Planning

Purpose

Understanding social trends, megatrends, technology roadmaps, etc., focusing on University priorities and strategic research fields, and conducting research analysis to support research strategy planning such as the formulation of research portfolios.

Overview

As macro research analysis for University research strategies, the Tokyo Tech URA is working, in parallel, to understand which research fields will be important in the future as the demands of society using a marketing intelligence (MI) approach, as well as to visualize the research capabilities of the University through a research IR approach.
Regarding the MI approach, science and technologies that will be important in the future are identified, focusing on megatrends and technology roadmaps for each research priority and strategic field of the University. This fiscal year, a survey was conducted focusing on the SSI (Sustainable Social Infrastructure) field. We are compiling a report of our surveys that targets industries in a wide range of fields including smart cities and nature conservation, and the latest green innovations.

Highlight

Over the last few years, surveys have been conducted in each field. This is not a simple collection of articles. These are edited so that it is possible to systematically grasp elemental technologies and research trends. In combination with top-view maps of researchers, these are linked to support the formulation of research strategy plans and promote utilization within the university.

Organizers

Hajime Nitta, Motoko Inoue

Macro research analysis for research strategies Macro research analysis for research strategies

Macro research analysis for research strategies

Visualizing Research Capability

Purpose

Providing visualization of research capabilities that contribute to the examination of new research centers or frameworks.

Overview

When examining new research centers or frameworks, information such as which faculty members are working on what research, organized by category, is helpful for starting discussions.
This fiscal year, research capabilities related to information, energy, and CPS2 have been visualized. Visualization to make the Research Map and Emerging Research Profiles of the research pamphlet have also been conducted.

Highlight

Supporting new projects by visualizing the research capabilities of the University.

Organizers

Manami Matsubayashi, Tomoko Konishi

TOKYO TECH RESEARCH MAP 2021 - 2022

TOKYO TECH RESEARCH MAP 2021 - 2022

Connect

"Tokyo Tech Research Festival 2020" for Promoting Interdisciplinary Research Held Online

Purpose

Providing a meeting place for supporting research exchange beyond the boundaries of fields and establishing interdisciplinary research.

Overview

The University-wide Tokyo Tech Research Festival (TTRF) event where researchers from various fields present their research and are able to interact with each other is held every other year. In FY2020, this event was held completely online over a period of three days with 13 presentations being made. This year, the first day was a special day for research related to COVID-19, and there were lively discussions among researchers interested in this issue. After the presentations, an online voting and a formal recognition ceremony were held. At the social gathering afterwards, there were virtual interactions using avatars. The aim was to establish a new type of event that allows interdisciplinary exchange even during this pandemic.

Highlight

Over the past three years, more than 10 collaborative research projects were formed through interdisciplinary research events in the University. Some research teams have already acquired university internal funds (Interdisciplinary Research Support for Scientists), received external funds, and announced academic achievements. It is also expected that tenure will be acquired and that exchange among students will be promoted.

Organizers

Motoko Inoue, Manami Matsubayashi, Shigetoshi Sugio, Machiko Nakatogawa, Hajime Nitta

Tokyo Tech Research Festival 2020

Tokyo Tech Research Festival 2020

Support

Support for Acquiring Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)

Purpose

Providing a wide range of support, from early-career to large-scale project categories, for researchers seeking to obtain KAKENHI funding.

Overview

In collaboration with the Research Fund Support Division, Tokyo Tech URAs provide various support for obtaining KAKENHI. This year, we held seminars on the target categories of Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists, Scientific Research (A) / (B), and Transformative Research Areas (A). They were held online for the first time, and in addition to the seminar materials, video presentations were posted on the Office of Research and Innovation website. Interview practices were also held online this year, providing an environment as similar as possible to that of actual KAKENHI interviews.

Highlight

In questionnaires after the writing seminars and peer review, every year most respond that they were glad they participated and that the programs were helpful towards their application preparation.

Organizers

Tomoko Konishi, Manami Matsubayashi, Charles DaSalla

Support system for KAKENHI Support system for KAKENHI

Support system for KAKENHI

PRESTO Application Support

Purpose

Providing consistent support items from the selection of PRESTO areas up to interview practice so that as many young researchers as possible can be adopted.

Overview

Support for PRESTO Applicant
Support for PRESTO Applicant

Instead of the "PRESTO Seminar," which was a meeting-style briefing at the University, in FY2020, we created a "Cheat sheet" with tips based on records from past briefings and made it available to whoever wants. Practice interviews were held online to simulate actual interviews.

Highlight

Discourses by many teachers whose projects have been adopted show that the point of PRESTO selection is not limited to past research achievements, knowledge, and experience. We are trying to provide accumulated know-how by linking PRESTO applicants with those who have experience.

Organizers

Haruo Naruke, Motoko Inoue, Tomoko Konishi, Yoshikazu Kobayashi, Shigetoshi Sugio

Writing and presentation workshops to help researchers with disseminating their findings

Purpose

To help Tokyo Tech researchers increase the visibility of their research through workshops on global dissemination.

Overview

Path of research dissemination
Path of research dissemination

"How do I get accepted?" is a question that all researchers face. To help with solving this question, Tokyo Tech URAs organize workshops on academic writing and presentation. In FY2020, we invited experts in research publication from organizations such as Springer Nature to hold an Authorship Webinar and an Academic Presentations Online Workshop. Over 400 researchers and students registered for the events.

Highlight

With society facing the COVID-19 pandemic, dissemination of research has become even more crucial.

Organizers

Charles DaSalla, Tomoko Konishi

Share

"New Normal Research Map" Production

Purpose

Introducing a list of research topics related to COVID-19 and the ‘New Normal’ being conducted at Tokyo Tech

Overview

This Research Map is published on a website. We categorized research topics in a way that allows anyone to understand by clarifying connections with social contributions. When the page opens, a number of social issues that need to be overcome are first presented. When each social issue is selected, it moves to the next level and displays an approach for resolving it. At the final level, details on each research topic at Tokyo Tech corresponding to the approach are provided.

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With the intuitive online operation, you can see a list of research topics related to COVID-19 and the ‘New Normal’ being conducted at Tokyo Tech. Our aim is to express science and technology in a way that is accurate, easy to understand, and attractive.

Organizers

Emiko Kawaguchi, Tomoko Konishi, Haruo Naruke, Kazuhide Hasegawa, Charles DaSalla, Motoko Inoue, Manami Matsubayashi, Hajime Nitta

New Normal Research Map

New Normal Research Map

"Tokyo Tech Research 2021-2022" pamphlet published to introduce Tokyo Tech's research capabilities

Purpose

The purpose of the pamphlet is to promote industry liaison and help the general public recognize Tokyo Tech’s research capabilities.

Overview

The research pamphlet, "Tokyo Tech Research," was first issued in 2017 and is revised every two years. In this revision, "Emerging Researcher Profiles" introducing researchers who will lead the next generation was newly added based on requests made by many companies. A total of 89 researchers are listed. Together with the "Research Map" that introduces representative researchers from the University, the aim is to create a pamphlet that introduces researchers. The school pages have also been revised to give a more unified appearance.

Highlight

"Emerging Researcher Profiles" gives an overview of research, making it easy to recognize the essence of the research contents by each researcher.

Organizers

Kazuhide Hasegawa, Manami Matsubayashi

Emerging Researcher Profiles

Emerging Researcher Profiles