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2019-06-03 【Public Offering Restricted to Campus】Q-PIT AY2019 Support Program for Young Researchers and Doctoral Students

AY2019

Kyushu University Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research

Support Program for Young Researchers and Doctoral Students


 The Kyushu University Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research (Q-PIT) was established in accordance with the Kyushu University Action Plan. This platform aims to resolve global energy issues in association with promising researchers from various fields, from humanities and social science to natural sciences. Through the resolution of these issues, Q-PIT also aims to create a one-stop solution for energy research and education, and transdisciplinary projects to realize a future energy society that enables sustainable development. As a gateway to success, this program is targeting identification and support of young researchers and doctoral students who will play major roles in future energy research in society.



Details of Support

. Support for Young Researchers

[Details of Application]

Projects will be accepted in the following five research areas:

  Area 1: Energy Technology

  Area2:Energy Systems and Management

  Area 3: Environmental Energy Issues

  Area 4: Energy Economy, Society, and Policy

  Area 5: Other Energy Issues

  * This support is aimed at research projects in all energy-related fields, from humanities to social sciences to    natural sciences. We recommend that you keep an open mind when applying, and refer to the“List of        academic fields and keywords” in the appendix.
 * Please describe the contents of your research plan clearly and avoid specialist terms, so that it can be       understood even by reviewers outside your specific field.


[Eligibility and Requirements]

 * Support is available to Young Researchers under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2019.
 * Young Researchers can include Faculty Members, Post-Doctoral Researchers, and                ResearchFellows.
 * If you have been previously supported by this Young Researchers program twice, you are

  noteligible to apply a third time.
 * First-time applicants will be given priority over previous awardees in the case of tied ranking
.


[Number of Projects to be Adopted]~10


[Available Funds]         0.5 to 1 million yen per project


[Regulations Regarding Expenses]

 (1) Covered Expenses: Research expenses that can be covered include          facilities/equipment,supplies, travel expenses, honorariums and other expenses required to carry out research. Iffacilities and equipment expenses for the research plan exceed 50 percent of the total expenses, the applicant must account for the necessity of such expenses in implementation ofthe research,by specifying it in the research plan. Research plans aimed only at purchasing facilities and equipment, etc. will not be adopted.

 (2) Expenses Not Covered: The following expenses will not be covered, even if they are required for research: (i) Expenses related to buildings and other facilities. (ii) Purchases of office

facilities/equipment such as desks, chairs, and copying machines that would be normally

purchased by respective departments. (iii) Personnel expenses used to employ staff such as administrative assistants


[Other Requirements]

 (1) When applying for this program, the Young Researcher is required to obtain the approval of their project    leader or supervisor.
 (2) A researcher cannot apply as the principal investigator for several categories at the same time during    the same academic year. However, they can participate in as a co-researcher in another

  applicant’s project.


[Support Period]

Until the end of AY 2019


. Support for Doctoral Students


[Details of Application]

  Projects will be accepted in the following five research areas:

   Area 1: Energy Technology

   Area 2: Energy Systems and Management

   Area 3: Environmental Energy Issues

   Area 4: Energy Economy, Society, and Policy

   Area 5: Other Energy Issues

 * This support is aimed at research projects in all energy-related fields, from humanities to           social sciences to natural sciences. We recommend that you keep an open mind when applying, and     refer to heList of academic fields and keywords” in the appendix.
 * Please describe the contents of your research plan clearly and avoid specialist terms, so that

  it can be understood even by reviewers outside your specific field.


  This research is aimed at developing the concept of a future energy society of around the year 2100, which   is one of Q-PIT’s visions. The proposals are expected to be original and ambitious, with an aim to realize a   futuristic energy society that enables sustainable development.

 

[Eligibility and Requirements]

 * Support is available to Doctoral students, as well as Master’s students expected to join doctoral programs.
 * If you have been previously supported by this Doctoral Support program twice, you are not eligible to      apply a third time.
 * First-time applicants will be given priority over previous awardees in the case of tied ranking.


[Number of Awards and Amount of Support]

Gold Award:        ~1 (500,000 yen)
Silver Award:        ~2 (400,000 yen)
Bronze Award:       ~4 (300,000 yen)
Encouragement Award:   ~14 (200,000 yen)


[Expenses for Research and Further Education]

  According to the rank of each award, expenses for research and further education will be offeredto the    laboratories to which the students who receive the award belong. These may include travel expenses for    awardees to present in an academic conference or workshop related to their research.

  * Please note that there is a limit to external support funds for research fellow ships for young

   scientists at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Any amount of support in this area will

   be within that limit.


[Support Period]

  Until the end of AY 2019


Number of Adopted Research Projects and Date of Allocation

(1) The number of adopted and awarded projects may be adjusted according to the budget.

(2) In principle, support expenses for the adopted and awarded research projects are allocated as of April 1, 2019.


Application Procedures

Application Deadline:1:00PM Monday, July 8, 2019 (proposals missing the deadline will be disregarded)


Application Guidelines


Application Guidelines2019(PDF)

Screening Guidelines

Screening Guidelines(simplified)2019(PDF)

Research Proposal

( Young Researchers

FORM1_Research Proposal_1_Young Researchers(EXCEL)

FORM1_Research Proposal_2_Young Researchers(WORD)

Letter of Approval from the project leader or supervisor.


FORM2_Letter of Approval_Young Researchers (WORD)

Research Proposal

( Doctoral Students

FORM3_Research Proposal_1_Doctoral Students(EXCEL)

FORM3_Research Proposal_2_Doctoral Students(WORD)

▼Application Form

(様式4)申請登録書

(to be completed by the administrative staff of the applicant’s department)




















【Contact for application documents】

Administrative Office / Kashiwagi
Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research (Q-PIT)
E-maileneken@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp
TEL: 092-802-6644 (Internal: 90-7196)


Requirements after adoption

(1) Public Relations

Awardees must be active in providing publicity for this program, for instance by openly specifying that the research has received support under this program in presentations, posters, and   academic publications. Moreover, awardees must actively cooperate with the efforts of Kyushu University (such as participating in exhibitions, seminars and symposiums) to make theresearch findings publicly available. When the project is adopted, awardees must give poster presentations in events hosted by Q-PIT, such as Energy Week.


(2) Application for Competitive Funding Programs, etc.

Young Researcher awardees must apply for Grants-in Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi) or other competitive funding programs in the academic year of adoption or in the following academic

year. This rule does not apply to those researchers who have already acquired such funding and

will be limited by restrictions on duplicate funds if they newly apply for the program. The rule also does not apply to researchers who are not eligible to apply for other competitive funding programs. Doctoral Student awardees must apply for the research fellowship for young scientists of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in the year of the award, or the following year. This rule does not apply to students who have already been adopted in this JSPS program.


(3) Changes in the Research Plan

A “Statement of Reasons for Change” should be written and submitted to the Support Office to obtain approval in the following cases:
.If the awardee needs to abandon their project due to transfer to another institute, resignation,or  some other reason.
. The implementation of the research plan is proven too difficult.
. Other than above, when the research plan changes significantly.


(4) Reallocation of Expenses (Support for Young Researchers)

When reallocating over 50% of the total allocated expenses from one category to another,       pleasesubmit the “Application for Approval for Change of Breakdown of Research Expenses”

to the Support Office and obtain approval in advance. Reallocation cannot be undertaken until

the approval is obtained.


<Appendix>

List of suggested academic fields and keywords of specialized fields pertinent to research areas (1-5)


Area 1: Energy Technology

- Relevant Fields: Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Materials Science

- Specialized Keywords: Hydrogen Production; Hydrogen Storage; Water Electrolysis; Fuel Cells; Batteries; Energy Storage Materials; Energy Conversion Materials; Photovoltaics / Solar Materials


Area 2: Energy Systems and Management

-Relevant Fields: Information Technology, Systems Engineering, Control Engineering, Engineering Management,Process System Engineering, Energy System Engineering, Chemical System Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering; Renewable Energy Utilization Systems; Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems

- Specialized Keywords : Data Analysis, Modeling, System Integration, Energy Storage Systems, Local Energy Systems, Low-carbon Society, Techno-Economic Assessment


Area 3: Environmental Energy Issues

- Relevant Fields: Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Science,
- Specialized Keywords : Generation of Bio-Derived Energy, Measures Against Global Warming


Area 4: Energy Economy, Society, and Policy

- Relevant Fields: Energy Economics, Resource Economics, Environmental Economics, Sociology, Energy Policy

- Specialized Keywords : Smart Farm, Energy Issues in Developing Countries, Energy-Saving, Energy Creation, and Energy Storage Technologies, Distributed Energy Society


 Area 5: Other Energy Issues