SmaSo-X Challenge Project

Crossover Research Promotion

The Graduate School of Innovation and Practice for Smart Society is a graduate school involving faculty members from four research departments at our university: Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, and Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences. With the catchphrase "SmaSo-X," we aim to embody the concept of " Innovation and Practice for Smart Society " by promoting transdisciplinary practical research (crossover research) that transcends expertise (fields), internal and external organizations, as well as boundaries of nations and generations.

In order to achieve the international expansion of Society 5.0 towards the realization of an Super Smart Society, our graduate school has established six research fields (Cyber Physical System, Smart Mobility, Smart Energy, Smart Agriculture, Global Health and Medical Science, Social Innovation Science). Furthermore, faculty members from various fields collaborate flexibly beyond the boundaries of research domains to conduct student-centered collaborative education and research from a multidisciplinary perspective. Faculty members and students of our graduate school are expected to play roles as practical leaders providing practical solutions to various social issues faced by complex international societies. Moreover, they are expected to engage in crossover research toward the realization of a Super Smart Society and actively contribute as innovative international researchers who generate, disseminate, and lead the results.

In the SmaSo-X Challenge project, as part of promoting crossover research in " Innovation and Practice for Smart Society " initiated by our graduate school, we will provide focused support for interdisciplinary collaboration among young faculty members and students across fields.

Young Researchers Research Grant

We provide support for young faculty members engaging in crossover research.

Details of Support

Research grant: Up to 600,000 yen per project (about 6 projects to be selected)
Subsidy period: From April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025


All of the following conditions must be met at the time of application. Note that applicants who received support for this research grant in FY2023 are not eligible to apply.

1. The applicant must be engaged in transdisciplinary practical research (crossover research) 
2. The applicant must be a teacher (associate professor or below) or a full-time contracted teaching and research–related employee (specially-appointed teacher, contributing teacher, researcher, or teacher in collaborative research laboratories) of Hiroshima University who are eligible for “KAKENHI” 
3. Be approximately 40 years of age or younger

How to apply

Please submit the required documents in the following manner.
 Application period: Friday, May 24, 2024, 5:00 p.m. (must arrive)
 Submission address: IDEC Support Office
 Submission method: E-mail (

Required Documents

Please submit all of the following. One application per person.
 1. Application form (as prescribed Word format , either in Japanese or English)
 2. Punch picture (3 A4 size pages in PowerPoint format, example)

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria The selection will be made according to the selection criteria specified separately to ensure that the content of the application is appropriate for the crossover research that SmaSo is aiming for.

Selection and Notification of Results

After the selection by the SmaSo-X Working Group and the Steering Committee, the applicants will be notified of the results in mid-June 2024.


The selected candidates will be asked to make a presentation at the results reporting meeting or FD hosted by SmaSo.

Students Research Grant

We encourages graduate students who engage in crossover research to provide the support as below. Please refer to the application guideline for further details.

Details of Support

Research grant:  Up to 300,000 yen per project
Grant period:  Students enrolled in April From April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024
                       Students enrolled in October From October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024
                       *Grant period is different depending on the enrollment month.


Graduate students (both master’s course and doctoral course) of the Graduate School of Innovation and Practice for Smart Society

*The applicant should be in a standard study period.
** Those who have been selected (including unofficially selected) for the Research Fellowship for Young Scientists by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, or HU-SPRING Research Project by Hiroshima University are NOT eligible for this research grant.
*** If you are currently receiving research grants or scholarships, please confirm that you can receive both grants before applying. If it is proved after the start of the grant period that it is not possible to receive the grants at the same time, the selected candidate’s acceptance may be rescinded and the candidate may be required to reimburse the amount of this research grant (including the amount which has already executed).
**** Applicant should obtain approval from supervisor before applying. If selected, the supervisor will be responsible for the grant administration and its execution will be made in accordance with the regulation by Hiroshima University.

How to apply

After obtaining approval from the primary supervisor, please submit the required documents in the following manner.

Deadline:  Friday, November 17, 2023, 5:00 p.m. (No submission will be accepted) 

Submission:  Upload the required documents to Microsoft Forms

*Current application period has ended.

Required documents

Please submit all of the following documents. One application per person.

1. Application form (as prescribed Word format, either in Japanese or English)
2. Conceptual image of your research (1 page A4 size in PowerPoint format, Example)

SmaSo-X Scholarship

Hiroshima University Graduate School of Practice and Innovation for Smart Society offers a scholarship for its doctoral students with the aim of providing support for their study and research activities.

Scholarship amount

The amount is 25,000 yen per one month. (for half period: 150,000 yen)

Payment period

The payment period is for 36 months or shorter after entering the doctoral program. However, no payment will be made for the period of leave of absence.

Number of the recipient

A few students

How to apply

After enrollment, the graduate school informs eligible students.


IDEC support office

e-mail:smart-society* replace * with @)