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The University of Tokyo FIRST Program
Message from the Executive Vice President
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Executive Vice President
(board member)
in charge of research
The University of Tokyo

As part of its supplementary budget for fiscal 2009, the Japanese government established the Funding Program for World-leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (called FIRST) as a research support scheme that prioritizes researchers. FIRST is designed to rigorously promote world-leading, innovative research for three to five years in order to enhance Japan’s mid-to-long term international competitiveness in fields such as industry and national security. It also intends to ensure that the benefits of research results will contribute to people and society at large.

Among the unique characteristics of FIRST is that core researchers can designate an institution as their research support organization and work together on projects at their discretion.

University of Tokyo faculty members have been selected as core researchers to advance 11 out of the 30 projects which will be undertaken in total.

Of these 11 projects, the University of Tokyo supports five as a research institution, while the other six projects receive assistance from RIKEN, Japan Science and Technology Agency, and other entities. All of these research projects have now begun in earnest.

Many of our faculty also participates in other FIRST projects headed by core researchers from other institutions. We, the University of Tokyo, are committed to offering our full support to our FIRST core researchers and all other researchers involved in the Program, to assist them in smoothly carrying out their research and in generating great achievements for the betterment of society.

Yoichiro Matsumoto

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