Program Policy

T-GEx aims to nurture advanced knowledge “groundbreakers” who will break down barriers between countries, sectors, disciplines, and cultures. They will continuously tackle new challenges by linking knowledge creation and experiences from different fields while leading teams to solve critical problems that our world is facing. These advanced knowledge “groundbreakers” share the same abilities and skills, such as “advanced expertise,” “ability to collaborate,” “ability to discover issues,” “ability to grasp global trends,” “sense of setting the future direction,” and “ability to promote research.” Simultaneously, they have different perspectives and directions for the future. In order to satisfy their needs, T-GEx formulates a training plan which enables T-GEx Fellows to evolve themselves and make progress as world-class researchers in a direction of their own (tracks). There are five tracks in this program: “international joint research”, “interdisciplinary joint research”, “industry-academia collaboration”, “entrepreneurship”, and an “extended track” that can be combined with these tracks.


Program Outline

The T-GEx program consists of two phases: Phase 1 and Phase 2. In Phase 1, T-GEx Fellows and T-GEx Associates develop their “Basic Collaborative Skills” by participating in seminars to acquire transferable skills and have opportunities to build research networks with other members of the program.

In Phase 2, T-GEx Fellows are expected to enhance their “Collaborative Development Capabilities.” They can select a track that meets their needs and develop their research capabilities to a high level through joint research projects. The program offers them research funding and mentoring support in this phase.

In addition, in order to support the activities of the early-career researchers, the T-GEx program will work with partner institutions in the consortium to improve the research environment and research infrastructure, including the development of a system for joint use of research equipment and facilities, and the sharing of good practices in supporting work-life balance of the researchers.

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Phase 1Phase of improving basic skills

  • To launch research aimed at solving global issues (Start-up Research Fund)
  • Participate in Skill Booster Modules

Phase 2Phase of engaging in the training track

  • To select one of the five tracks (international joint research, interdisciplinary joint research, industry-academia collaboration, entrepreneurship, and the extended track which combines the other tracks) to advance your research (Tailor-made Research Fund)
  • To promote joint research and joint projects between T-GEx Fellows and T-GEx Associates (Seeds Joint Research Fund)

Research Infrastructure

  • Platform development
  • Shared use of research equipment and facilities
  • Work-life balance support

Research Environment

  • Provision of research space

Personal Support

  • Academic mentor
  • Corporate advisor
  • URA (University Research Administrator), administrative staff

Training Tracks

T-GEx Fellows select a training track that aligns with the future direction they have chosen and strive to achieve significant advancement. There are five tracks in this program: "International Joint Research," "Interdisciplinary Joint Research," "Industry-Academia Collaboration," "Entrepreneurship," and an "Extended Track" that combines these four. The below is an overview of the directions and activities involved in each track.

International Joint Research

This track focuses on planning and implementing international joint research with the aim of producing research outcomes that make a global impact.
For T-GEx fellows who select this track, it is strongly advised to secure funding to implement international joint research projects and stay at overseas research institutes for an extended period (one year or longer) .

Interdisciplinary Joint Research

This track focuses on planning and implementing of joint research projects involving the integration of diverse research fields through the collaboration between researchers with different specialties, with the aim of establishing new areas of research to stimulate interdisciplinary innovation.
For T-GEx fellows who select this track, it is strongly advised to secure funding to engage in interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Industry-Academia Collaboration

This track focuses on planning and implementing of collaborations (joint research, academic consulting, etc.) with business enterprises, aiming to achieve practical use of technological seeds and knowledge.
For T-GEx fellows who select this track, it is strongly advised to secure research funding and consulting fees from private firms and apply for patents jointly with them.


This track focuses on proposing and facilitation of new business concepts based on a grasp of market needs, with the aim of launching new businesses.
For T-GEx fellows who select this track, it is strongly advised to patent ideas utilizing specialized knowledge and technologies and win awards in business contests.

Extended Track

It is expected that T-GEx fellows are going to expand their future achievement goals. The extended track combines multiple tracks described above. T-GEx fellows may choose more than one track from the first year.

  • T-GEx fellows may change their track selection upon the annual reviewing of research progress.

Detailed achievement goals

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Details of Support Action

Support for the Improvement of Research Environment

  • To set up a research environment where T-GEx Fellows can concentrate on their research
  • To secure a 50% research effort rate through being affiliated or holding a cross appointment with the Nagoya University Institute for Advanced Research (IAR)
  • To offer research space of about 50㎡ upon request

Research Funding Support

Start-up Research Fund

To provide a research fund to be dispensed for the proposed research that aims to solve global issues
*Maximum ¥500,000 (only in the 1st year of the program)

Tailor-made Research Fund

To propose a research plan to solve global issues by selecting one of the five tracks (international joint research, interdisciplinary joint research, industry-academia collaboration, entrepreneurship, and the extended track) and receive measured funding to execute the plan.
*Maximum ¥3 million per year (from the 2nd year of the program)

Seeds Joint Research Fund

Joint research or joint projects with T-GEx Fellows and T-GEx Associates are strongly recommended.
*The amount of support available is determined according to each year’s budget conditions.

Skill Booster Modules: To provide programs to improve transferable skills and networking opportunities with researchers from different fields and industries

  • To provide seminars and training programs that assist early-career researchers in the improvement of skills necessary for PIs, such as interdisciplinary and cross-cultural communication and management skills
  • To set up networking opportunities with early-career researchers and experts in diverse fields
  • To hold consortium-sponsored exhibitions of research outcomes and international symposiums

Research Capability Assessment Tools

  • To manage and analyze research activities and the state of transferable skills development by using e-portfolio

Support from Mentors, Advisors, and URAs

  • To support the advancement of research by assigning academic mentors and corporate advisors according to the proposed research plan
  • To provide support from University Research Administrators (URAs) to conduct research capability analysis, promote research activities, advance joint research projects and outreach activities, and manage intellectual property rights

Skill Booster Modules

To plan and hold seminars, training programs, and networking opportunities to expand and build research networks and improve transferable skills

  • Networking

    To offer opportunities for early-career researchers (T-GEx Fellows and T-GEx Associates) to deepen the understanding of research in diverse fields and industries and to learn new perspectives to be reflected in their own research through exchanges with early-career researchers from companies and other organizations.

  • Management Skills

    To improve team management ability by learning the skills needed to manage their own research and work duties, as well as their laboratory and research team.

  • Communication Skills

    To learn various communication methods and styles necessary for research and educational activities. This enables early-career researchers to grasp a way to optimize their communications by considering the nature of the occasion and the audiences, and to effectively build and run a research team.

  • Social Engagement

    To provide opportunities to learn knowledge, ideas, and methods necessary for conducting industry-academia collaboration and joint ventures with companies, public organizations, and international organizations, as well as the needs of industry and society. This enables early-career researchers to think about and clarify a vision of the business and social impacts of research outcomes.

  • Role Model Study

    To provide the opportunity to reflect on one's own career to date and to think about the future career path through interactions with people who have carved out outstanding careers in their own unique ways (e.g., exchange with diverse human resources with outstanding careers)

  • Retreat

    To examine one’s own research activities and actions as leaders through sharing and reviewing the research activities and experiences of T-GEx Fellows and T-GEx Associates. This leads to the further advancement and progress of knowledge “groundbreakers.”