Research Programs

Based on a firm foundation of academic freedom, Hokkaido University aims to encourage creative research that does not separate theory from practice, and to promote world-class studies to solve the problems confronting humankind.

Hokkaido University has a large number of government funded research projects currently underway. Here is a comprehensive list of them:

Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas Program

A 10-year long (July 2006 – March 2016) program funded by MEXT under the “Project for Developing Innovation Systems.” This program executed by the President of Hokkaido University as administrator engages researchers from several graduate schools and research institutes in close cooperation with Shionogi & Co., Ltd., Hitachi, Ltd., Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., Nihon Medi-Physics Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

The Matching Program for Innovations in Future Drug Discovery and Medical Care at Hokkaido University

Global COE (Center of Excellence) Program


From 2007, Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) established the “Global COE Program.” This funding project is designed to provide support for research centers within universities in Japan to allow them to perform at the apex of global excellence. Hokkaido University currently has one operational Global COE Program.<

Reshaping Japan’s Border Studies

FIRST Program (Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology)

  Established in 2009, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science set up this fund to advance the kind of leading-edge research and development that will strengthen Japan’s international competitiveness while contributing to society and people’s welfare through the application of its results. Hokkaido University currently has one operational FIRST Program. Advanced Radiation Therapy Project: Real Time Tumor Tracking using Molecular Imaging

One Health

  The Program for Leading Graduate Schools “Fostering Global Leaders in Veterinary Science for Contributing to One Health” was selected in 2011 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to foster graduates capable of managing control measures against zoonoses and/or hazardous chemicals. Hokkaido University Leading Graduate School Veterinary Science for One Health

All Hokkaido Translational Research Project for Advanced Medicine

  Set up in 2012 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the “Translational Research Network Program” was established with the “All Hokkaido Translational Research Project for Advanced Medicine” with the aim to facilitate the practical application of newly developed medicine, medical equipment, and in vitro diagnostic agents (this type of research support is termed translational research). All Hokkaido Translational Research Project for Advanced Medicine

JSPS’s NEXT Program: Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers

  Set up in 2009, the Leading-edge Research Promotion Fund was established within the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to finance the Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (NEXT) program This program supports researchers who possess the potential to be world leaders in their respective fields. Currently, Hokkaido University has 8 research projects under the umbrella of NEXT: NEXT Program

Green Innovation (Science/Engineering)

Development of Mechanical Energy-Induced Reaction


Green Innovation (Biology)

Regulatory mechanisms of accumulation and polar localization of mineral transporters and their application in plants


Life Innovation (Science/Engineering)

Development of a multi-coated nanoparticle for the control of intracellular trafficking and intra-nuclear disposition


Life Innovation (Science/Engineering)

Molecular imaging based on magnetic resonance of chiral molecules


Life Innovation (Science/Engineering)

Development of a Brain Surgery Simulator using Haptic Devises


Life Innovation (Science/Engineering)

Establishment of the basic technology for system integration in micro implants of auditory central nervous systems


Life Innovation (Biology/Medicine)

Interactions between normal and transformed epithelial cells- A road to establishment of a novel cancer therapy


Life Innovation (Biology/Medicine)

Development of Non-Invasive and Next-Generation Measurements of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism using Water-Molecule Probe and Phase-Imaging of MRI

Updated on   October 25, 2022