KYOTO UNIVERSITY PIONEERING RESEARCH UNIT
FOR NEXT GENERATION
“Kyoto University Pioneering Research Unit for Next Generation: KUPRU” was
established in July 2006 with the aim of encouraging pioneering research by
young scientists. The KUPRU is partially supported by the “Special Coordination
Fund for Promoting Science and Technology” (July 2006 to March 2011) from the
Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
aims to establish a career development system for outstanding young scientists,
who are involved in interdisciplinary science and engineering research, in
cooperation with the Graduate School of Engineering, Institute for Chemical
Research, Institute of Advanced Energy, Research Institute for Sustainable
Humanosphere and Disaster Prevention Research Institute.
Talented young scientists were invited to apply for
tenure-track appointments to develop individual research programs with the
strong support of the world leading scientific community and the state-of-art facilities of Kyoto
University. Excellent scientists
will be recommended or promoted to an Associate Professor’s position in a
related department or institute at Kyoto University after a five years term in
the program. The KUPRU provides a unique carrier development opportunity for
young scientists to be involved in advanced optical science and technology and
sustainability science, which is expected as interdisciplinary science for next
The following KUPRU programs are currently been enforced in Uji and Katsura
(1) Review interdisciplinary and creative research proposals from the departments
or institutes of science and engineering.
(2) Invite twelve assistant professors with their outstanding research
plans under financial support of the “Special Coordination Fund for Promoting
Science and Technology”. Startup and annual research funds, as well as
the state-of-art facilities at Kyoto University are provided.
(3) Recommendation or promotion to an Associate Professor’s position at
Kyoto University based on their achievements, such as publications, international activities,
and awards after a final assessment.
provides unique opportunity for young scientist to track a tenured/regular
Associate Professor’s position at the department or institute, which propose
interdisciplinary and creative research. Exploring researches conducted by
excellent young scientists will be encouraged in the departments and
institutes, and acceleration of interdisciplinary research and development of
human resources will also be accomplished.
In April 2011, 5 young assistant professors were promoted to tenured/regular
position in relevant department/institutes at Kyoto University based on
the excellence of results at a final assessment.
2011, the KUPRU was restarted under Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education
and Research. The KUPRU continue our mission as before.