Call for Sprouting Research RA’s in Value Exchange Engineering

UPDATE:2022年12月15日 / CATEGORY: News / KEYWORD:

Application is closed.

In January 2020, RIISE and R4D, the research and development organization of Mercari Inc., launched a joint research project “Value Exchange Engineering” to conduct extensive research on novel value exchange through rapid technological development.
At this time, we are looking to recruit research assistants (RA) to work on themes that are consistent with the concept of value exchange engineering but are still at seedling stages, and to foster these themes to main research of value exchange engineering in the future.
If you are interested in applying, please read the application guidelines below and submit your application by October 30 (Friday), 17:00 (JST).

Application form (ECCS Cloud Email required)
Research Proposal form


Graduate students in the Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, GSII, Institute of Industrial Science, and Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo.

◆What you are applying for

We are looking for RAs to work on sprouting research themes consistent with the concept of value exchange engineering.
In addition to research publications and conference presentations, the research also covers efforts towards practical outputs in value exchange engineering, such as applications and other product implementations.

◆Features of the Program

Accepted research proposals will be treated as part of the value exchange engineering research collaboration. Those who wish to do so may conduct their research while interacting with R4D members. You will also receive advice from the multidisciplinary faculty members involved in the RIISE project. (Monthly progress report)
Those in advanced stages in their research will be given the opportunity to discuss with researchers and board members of Mercari (*1).
*1 Mercari R4D’s advisory board

Application instructions

◆Research period

In principle, the period from adoption to the end of fiscal year 2021. (*2)
At the end of the research period, if the grantee wishes, additional support called the Acceleration Phase may be available for up to one year. Research topics that are expected to become even more significant with continued research support can be selected for the Acceleration Phase. Grantees must decide whether they wish to participate in the Acceleration Phase before the progress evaluation scheduled one year after the start of the initial research period. The maximum duration of the Acceleration Phase is one year from the day after the initial research period is completed.
The research theme of your application may be the theme of your master’s or doctoral thesis pending an agreement with your academic advisor.
(*2) The actual research period will be determined by careful review and approval of the submitted research plan.

◆Total budget

In principle, the budget for each research project is approximately 2 million yen (direct costs). The details of the budget are subject to review and approval of the research plan to be submitted.
The adopted research funds will be used as part of the joint research funds for value exchange engineering between RIISE and R4D. Please note that the use of the funds is subject to the financial accounting rules of the University of Tokyo.

Research expenses (direct costs) are expenses that are directly necessary for conducting research and can be used for the following purposes

a. Supplies: expenses for the purchase of new equipment, fixtures, supplies, etc.
b. Travel expenses: travel expenses for research staff and other research participants listed in the research protocol
c. Others: research results presentation costs (e.g., article submission fees), equipment leasing costs, transportation costs, etc.

The research plan should state the direct costs.
For your RA or Excellent RA preference, please review the RA treatment in the reference section and select your preference on the application form.

◆Number of research themes to be adopted

A maximum of five (5) applications. The number of accepted applications is subject to change depending on budget and other circumstances.

◆How to apply, schedule and selection

Application process
– Participate in an online briefing session (optional)
– Apply by filling out the application form.
Please include your affiliation, name, email address, research title and research summary in the application form. You must obtain consent from your affiliated laboratory before applying.
Please prepare a research proposal for your research theme and upload it as a PDF file in the application form.
Please indicate if you wish to receive advice from RIISE participating faculty members, persons in charge at R4D, or a department of Mercari. (Optional)

Online Briefing Session (Participation is optional)
– Recorded video (ECCS cloud mail required)
– Presentation materials (ECCS cloud mail required)

Application deadline: 17:00, Friday, October 30

After reviewing the applications, the successful applicants will be selected through online interviews on November 9th and 10th (Monday and Tuesday).

Selection criteria and method
After fulfilling the application requirements, online briefing sessions (optional) and other information will be delivered to help the students understand value exchange engineering and its objectives. The feasibility and expectations on the research results will be reviewed by the RIISE participating faculty members.

◆ Notes

Please be aware of the following requirements for application.
– If it is determined that a research proposal does not meet the requirements for application (e.g., the subject of the application) by the time it is adopted, the proposal will be rejected or not accepted, as a rule.
– If you are unable to meet the application requirements before your proposal is approved, your proposal will be rejected or not accepted, in principle. If the requirements are not met during the research period, the research theme will be terminated in whole or in part (early termination), as a rule.
– The adopted research theme will be treated as a part of the collaboration between RIISE and R4D. Therefore, the grantee is required to comply with the rules and guidelines of the University of Tokyo’s Office of Cooperative Research and Development.

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◆Reference: Labor cost treatment of RAs

There is a limit to the number of overlaps with JSPS Fellowship DCs and other fellowships. Please check with your graduate school for the overlap rules.

RA (Research Assistant) 
– Eligibility: Graduate students from RIISE affiliated departments
– Compensation: Master’s program: 150,000 yen/month (standard), Doctoral program: 200,000 yen/month (standard)
There is a limit to the number of overlaps with JSPS Fellowship DCs and other fellowships. Please check with your graduate school for the overlap rules.

Excellent RA – 1 person
– Eligibility: Master’s and doctoral students in the Graduate School of Engineering who meet the criteria for departmental excellent RA
– Compensation: 200,000 yen per month for master’s course (standard), 280,000 yen per month for doctoral course (standard)
There is a limit to the number of overlaps with JSPS Fellowship DCs and other fellowships. Please check your graduate school’s rules regarding overlap with other fellowships.