About the Project

Project Overview

In September 2021, the "Next-Generation Researcher Support Project Utilizing the Highly Interdisciplinary Nature of the University of Miyazaki" was selected by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) for its "Support for Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation." "Support for Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation" is a project that supports challenging, interdisciplinary research by doctoral students, who are the future leaders of science, technology, and innovation in Japan, and encourages them to improve their research skills and develop their research capabilities so that excellent doctoral human resources can be active in various careers.

This project aims to lead doctoral students to become doctoral human resources who can be active in various career paths by integrally managing research conducted by individual doctoral students and their career development and training content, utilizing the University's highly interdisciplinary nature.

To this end, existing and new programs established through collaboration between the University and the local community will be implemented for promising doctoral students who are oriented toward challenging research.

By providing an environment in which excellent doctoral students can devote themselves to academic research by offering a research incentive grant (180,000 yen per month) and research funding (400,000 to 700,000 yen per year), and by conducting joint research not only with their supervisors but also with experts in different fields both inside and outside the University (including companies), the goal is to cultivate next-generation researchers who have developed transferable skills (versatile skills that can be used across occupations, regions, and industries) and the strength to succeed even in a difficult environment.

About Transferable Skills

The project aims to cultivate the following skills.

  • Task-handling skills:Building projects by assembling steps from the final objective
  • Self-management skills:Mindset to proactively solve problems by yourself, and project manager qualities
  • Interpersonal skills:Presentation, communication, and negotiation skills to communicate correctly and effectively with others

Greetings from the Director of the Next-Generation Researcher Support Office


From October 2021, the University of Miyazaki started the "Next-Generation Researcher Support Project" to back up graduate school (doctoral course) students so they can devote themselves to research. In line with this, the Next-Generation Researcher Support Office was established in the Organization for Promotion of Career Management to promote this project. My name is Suiko, and I am the director of the Office.

This project was funded by the "Support for Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation" of the national research and development agency Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). They received 53 applications from universities across Japan, and several dozen schools, including the University of Miyazaki, were selected. The University was recognized for its efforts to date, such as the establishment in 2007 of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Agriculture and Engineering, the only doctoral course in Japan that integrates agriculture and engineering, our industry-academia-government collaboration system for joint research, and the results of our international joint research.

 Among those who will be enrolled from the 2019 to 2023 academic years, a total of approximately 50 students are expected to be eligible for support. For the 2021 academic year, applications were accepted from students currently enrolled in the Graduate School or those admitted in the fall, and 10 students were selected through document review and interviews by a selection committee consisting of University directors and external experts. For the 2022 academic year, we plan to accept four students from among those admitted in the spring and fall.

The amount of the grant consists of 180,000 yen per month for living expenses and 400,000 to 700,000 yen per year as research funding (to a maximum of 2.86 million yen per year).

In the selection of next-generation researchers, in addition to the JST's objective to "strengthen financial support for outstanding aspiring doctoral students who will lead the future of science, technology, and innovation in Japan," the University also considers "whether or not the student can acquire the strength to succeed even in a severely competitive environment" from the point of view of selection. That is to say, the purpose is to evaluate the potential for acquiring research skills and transferable skills (task-handling skills, self-management skills, and interpersonal skills). In addition, the next-generation researchers are expected to cooperate with various JST surveys for 10 years after completing the program. We look forward to receiving applications from students who are curious and proactive, and who want to take on the challenge of making Japan a science and technology powerhouse.

Masahito Suiko, Director, Next-Generation Researcher Support Office

Support System



Next-Generation Researcher Support Office


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