Research and Collaboration

Funded Research and Education Programs

  • Updated on March 1, 2016


This page provides an overview of research and education programs within Kobe University which receive funding from the Japanese government and other organizations.

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research

The following is a list of Kobe University research projects which receive funding under Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI). Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research are competitive funds provided by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This funding scheme aims to develop basic and applied research across all fields (humanities, social and natural sciences).

For more information about these programs and the categories below, please refer to the official English-language website:

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas

Please note: the research domains, research fields and research projects listed below were each independently approved for funding in one of the three categories.

Research domains

A broad research area which encompasses multiple research fields and projects.

  • J-Physics: Physics of Conductive Multipole Systems
Research fields

Research fields are divisions within a larger research domain.

  • Terascale phenomena examined through precise testing of the particle standard model
  • PCP signaling irregularities, cilia-related disorders and cancer invasion and metastasis
  • Crossregulation of the retention and mutation of genome sequence information and epigenome information
  • Technologies for the artificial modification and creation of organelles
  • Interface control and physical evaluation of the surface and lamination of polymeric materials based on element-blocks
  • Elucidating the logic of root growth and development
  • Fundamental research on direction-sensitive dark matter detection applying low background technologies
  • Improving the sensitivity of astroparticle research which uses very low-level radiation technologies
  • Elucidating ncRNA functions related to control of higher neural functions
  • EElucidating the identification and action mechanisms of intercellular adhesive molecules involved in epithelium cell competition
  • J-Physics: Physics of Conductive Multipole Systems
Research projects

The research projects below each deal with part of a research field.

  • Elucidating the grouping and ordering mechanism of protein molecules in amyloid spread nucleation

  • Development of Metallocenium Ionic Liquids Exhibiting Unconventional Chemical and Physical Properties

  • Development of ATLAS Muon front detector using nanofabrication technology

  • Searching for a new space-time conception using gravitational waves

  • Developing a highly effective generation method of carbon radicals using organocatalysts

  • Establishing a new functional domain related to brain formation and neural functions

  • Myelinogenesis mechanism based on cell membrane transportation and cytoskeletal reorganization

  • Elucidating the maltose secretion mechanism of symbiotic Chlorella for biorefineries

  • Empathy and prosocial behavior: comparative studies with chimpanzees and bonobos.

  • Linguistic and cultural influences in decision-making: Examination of time discounting

  • Development of a genome editing tool that does not break DNA based on the “reverse mutation” induction of a DNA base substitution enzyme

  • Expanding the scope of synthetic metabolic pathways

  • Constructing a reaction field and molecule recognition site for sequenced vanadium complexes

  • Development of simultaneous transport analysis system measuring particulate and dissolved cesium for evaluating the marine movements of radionuclides

  • Investigating the active site of metal-doped tantalate photocatalyst: sample preparation enabling 3D analysis

  • Establishing an advanced intelligent medical support system which combines multidisciplinary computational anatomy models and bio-texture modeling technology

  • Estimating the slip distribution and fixed state before, during, and after the Tohoku Pacific Coast Earthquake

  • Wnt5a/Ror2 signaling and polarity control of renal epithelial cells based on functional links of the primary cilia

  • Molecular mechanism of schizogenous intercellular space formation associated with cell wall reorganization

  • The functions and activation mechanisms of molecules linked to innate immunity which take on behavioral changes induced by repetitive stress in mice

  • Links between age-related changes in hematopoietic stem cell niche control modules and hematopoietic system disorders

  • A comparative cognitive science-based study on human-animal interaction related to the social adaptation produced by conforming behavior

Scientific Research (S)

  • Phosphoinositide-based regulation of cellular dynamics
  • Developments in interactions between algebraic geometry and integrable systems
  • Elucidation ofpancreatic β-cell function bymetabolomics and its clinical application
  • Establishment of Local History Materials Science: Forming Disaster Subculture in the Post-3/11 World
  • Risk Management of Comprehensive Monetary/Fiscal Policy: Theory, Empirics, and Simulations

Scientific Research (A)

  • Integral programming through topology coding for a ubiquitous environment
  • Development of a science picture book education model as a communication medium for promoting science education
  • The structure of disputes surrounding provision of legal services – through the intersection of specialist perspective and user perspective
  • Econo-legal research in mechanisms for economic and social market regulation
  • Research on core structures for enabling accelerated growth in retail companies
  • The construction and publication of clinical narratives under the life history law
  • The creation and functional development of environmentally-conscious nanocomposites utilizing post-carbon nanotube materials
  • Marine and hydrogen energy: new developments towards creation, storage, and transit technology for hydrogen with superconductor applications
  • Study on the sustainability of China’s economic systems: beyond the double traps
  • Establishing the high strength and high toughness principle of biodegradable magnesium alloys due to their heterostructure
  • Methodology of planning and social choice for “locally-created public transportation network plans”
  • Constructing a tsunami-ship complex chain analysis system
  • Configuration and application of a side-channel attack sensor to ensure the electromagnetic wave security of cryptographic VLSI
  • Learned awareness and attention functions, and the automatization of reciprocal attunement functions and information processing in a second language
  • International comparative research on the transformation of multicultural societies and new policies in labor, religion, and jurisdiction
  • Exploration of theoretical bases and practical methods for organizational development
  • Precise observations of cosmic ray acceleration and celestial bodies using a balloon-borne emulsion gamma ray telescope
  • The functions and action mechanisms of nectin in fusion between different cell types
  • Elucidation of molecular pathogenesis and treatment development for Fukuyama muscular dystrophy-dystroglycanopathy
  • The realization of law through the exercise of the rights of private citizens – suggestions for the theorization and institutional design of a multitiered realization method for legal aims
  • Research on the development and effects of active suffrage guarantees
  • Risk Management of Comprehensive Monetary/Fiscal Policy: Theory, Empirics, and Simulations
  • Upgrading the ATLAS muon spectrometer for high luminosity LHC
  • Creating a world-leading forward osmosis membrane and engineering the ultimate zero-energy water treatment process
  • Cross-linguistic investigative research into hesitancy-type non-fluency

Projects funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

The following is a list of Kobe University initiatives which receive funding from the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Super Global University Project
Program/ Initiative Start year End year
Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development (Type B Faculty/School specific) FY2012 FY2016
Cancer Professional Training Plan
Program/ Initiative Start year End year
7 university collaboration to develop advanced training plans for cancer professionals FY2012 FY2016
Program for training global physicians through medical education reforms combining core and clinical approaches
Program/ Initiative Start year End year
Fostering core medical research through a combination of core and clinical approaches FY2012 FY2016
Re-Inventing Japan Project
Program/ Initiative Start year End year
Type A “Campus Asia” Support for the Formation of a Core Center Program for Careers as Risk Management Experts in East Asia FY2011 FY2015
Education of Global Medical and Health Science Leaders in the Coming Generation in Cooperation and Collaboration with ASEAN Countries FY2012 FY2016
Regional Innovation Strategy Support Program (Region focused on strengthening international competitiveness)
Program/ Initiative Start year End year
Kansai Life Innovation Strategy Promoting Region FY2012 FY2016
Hyogo Environmental and Energy Innovation Cluster Strategy Promotion Region FY2012 FY2016
Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas Program
Program/ Initiative Start year End year
Innovative Bioproduction Kobe (iBiok) FY2012 FY2016