Work-Life Support and Diversity Office

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Obtaining Research Funds

Our office aims at acquiring external funds by utilizing the industry?academe?government collaboration system to fulfill the mission of JAXA. We will increase the use of results from the field of space, maintain autonomy, as well as enhance and facilitate space science and exploration, human spaceflight activities, and aeronautical technology.

Outline of Support

We support information sharing on understanding how to utilize research fund systems and on practices for acquiring external funds by holding seminars for JAXA employees, mainly at the Sagamihara Campus and Chofu Aerospace Center, and open seminars at external organizations. We will provide the latest information with the cooperation of specialists from funding agencies, such as JST or JSPS.
We also aim to improve the capability to write papers, which forms the basis of acquiring research funds, through various seminars and exchange meetings that would enhance academic writing skills, English proficiency, and creation and utilization of intellectual properties.
We also support the cooperation with other industrial?academic?government organizations, as the latest trend is to advance research using an interdisciplinary approach, where researchers from dissimilar fields exchange information.

Open Application Information

In future, we intend to update the information on our home page whenever necessary, but presently, we will use the information in the common inter-ministry R&D management system “e-Rad” on the following web address for reference.

How to Acquire Research Funds

In FY 2014, the competitive funds of the government amount to approximately 400 billion yen, of which 87% is allocated for the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology.
The key to acquiring research funds lies in the way one prepares the application documents. Sufficient preparation and strategy are needed, with respect to understanding one’s position, analyzing the success rate for the application system, and observing the trends in the composition of the panel of judges. Applicants will greatly benefit from seeking tips from an experienced senior who has succeeded in acquiring research funds.
Therefore, in the seminar on preparing the application documents, we will discuss the significance of the vision, keywords, and target from the viewpoint of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result oriented, Time bound), and then explain the characteristics of the research fund. Specialists will also give advice on types of applications that do not easily obtain funding.

Training and Seminars

Friday, February 27, 2015, Seminar on JST Fund Systems was held.
Venue: Sagamihara (main venue), Tsukuba, Tokyo, Chofu
Participants (staff, other parties): 54
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Course on How to apply for Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research for Aerodynamics System for staff was held.
Venue: Chofu
Participants (Staff): 8
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Seminar on How to Acquire Outside Funding for staff was held.
Venue: Sagamihara (main), Tsukuba, Tokyo, Chofu
Participants (Staff): 32
Monday, August 25, 2014, 1st Seminar on Improving Research Power for staff was held.
Venue: Sagamihara (main), Tsukuba, Tokyo, Chofu, Kakuda
Participants (Staff): 31
Monday, July 28,2014, Seminar on Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research for staff was held.
Venue: Chofu
Participants (Staff): 59
Friday, May 9, 2014, Seminar on JST Funds
Venue: Sagamihara Campus (main venue), Tsukuba Space Center, Tokyo Office, Chofu Aerospace Center
Participants (Intended for employees, persons involved): 75 people
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Seminar on R&D Capability
Venue: Sagamihara Campus (main venue), Tsukuba Space Center, Tokyo Office, Chofu Aerospace Center, Aerodrome Branch, Kakuda Space Center
Participants (Intended for employees): 67 people