Research Support Activities

Challenging Research Award


To encourage young faculty members at Tokyo Tech to engage in challenging research, Tokyo Tech has established the Challenging Research Award for creative, up-and-coming researchers who boldly pursue the promotion of the most advanced research in the world, pioneering of new fields of study, innovative development of new research, and important issues that are difficult to solve. We commend the recipients of this award and provide them with financial support for their research. Many of the researchers who won this award have also gone on to win the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.In 2019, 10 researchers were awarded and 3 of them won the Suematsu Challenging Research Award.

Throughout the selection, the Office of Research and Innovation make sure the present research trends by the early career researchers and keep setting many opportunities to support them.

FY2021 Requirements for Recommendation 【Internal】

*Only in Japanese.
*This award is only available to recommended individuals.
*Screening for FY2021 has been completed.

FY2021 Award Winners

The 20th Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Awards went to ten researchers each of whom will receive a research grant.

Name Affiliation Title Resaerch topic
★the Suematsu Challenging Research Award
Masaaki Uchida Department of Physics,
School of Science
Associate Professor ★Establishing scientific theory of novel quantum transport based on chiral zero mode
Kotaro FUJII Department of Chemistry,
School of Science
Assistant Professor Exploration of novel ionic conductors based on structure science
Masayasu SHIMURA Department of Mechanical Engineering,
School of Engineering
Associate Professor Development of plasma assisted turbulent combustor based on characteristics of combustion oscillation transition
Yota TAKAMURA Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
School of Engineering
Asssistant Professor Superconducting spin valve Josephson Junction
Yuta KURASHINA Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Assistant Professor High sensitivity acoustic responsive microdevice for drug release
Daisuke ISHIKAWA Chemical Science and Engineering,
School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Assistant Professor Nanoscale ORIGAMI at two-dimensional interfaces
Ayuko HOSHINO Department of Life Science and Technology,
School of Life Science and Technology
Associate Professor ★Role of maternal-derived exosomes in embryonic brain development
Takamasa KAWANAGO Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology,
Institute of Innovative Research
Assistant Professor Demonstration of High Gain CMOS Inverter at 0.5 V operation Based on WSe2 FET
Masaki TAHARA Laboratory for Materials and Structures,
Institute of Innovative Research
Associate Professor ★Research on stress-induced phase transformation in shape memory alloy
Takahiro NOMOTO Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science,
Institute of Innovative Research
Assistant Professor Development of innovative drug delivery systems utilizing amino acid transporters and systematic analysis of associated factors affecting intravital microenvironment

Award Ceremony

FY2021 Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Awards Ceremony was held virtually on July 28. During the ceremony, President Kazuya Masu gave some words of encouragement, which were followed by presentations of three Suematsu Challenging Research Award* winners on their respective research topics.

*The Suematsu Challenging Research Award is given to the highest qualified researcher among the Challenging Research Award winners.

Memorial photo of the ceremony Memorial photo of the ceremony
President, Executive Vice President for Research, and Award winners. President, Executive Vice President for Research, and Award winners.

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