Project Support Fund

Space Unit Fund

Connecting people, space, and time: from Japan’s ancient capital to outer space

 The Kyoto University Unit of Synergetic Studies for Space (USSS) is working collaboratively and comprehensively with a wide range of research fields to create Synergetic Studies for Space, spanning academic disciplines from science and engineering through to humanities and social sciences. The USSS is engaged in education, research, human resource development, and a variety of activities to connect space studies with the wider society.

Synergetic Studies for Space connects people, space, and time

 In recent years, humans have been venturing further into outer space and expanding its use. Studies of space have extended to academic disciplines such as sociology, law, and psychology. It has also become essential to develop international leaders capable of tackling the new problems emerging as a result of advancement and expanded use of space. Looking at Japan, we also see the need for revitalization of the stagnating space industry.
 These realities have elevated the importance of the activities of the USSS in establishing Synergetic Studies for Space, cultivating human resources, and expanding space-related demand. This fund was established in order to further enhance the unit’s activities.

Program-Specific Professor Takao Doi on the space station (©NASA)

 The fund will be used for purposes such as employing outstanding personnel and supporting the dispatch of students and young researchers to foreign institutions, helping to build the field of Synergetic Studies for Space and to encourage international leaders to tackle various problems in space development and its use. It will also be used for a wide range of activities to raise public awareness of space-related issues and contribute to the human expansion into space.

Some of the many human resource development and social engagement activities of the USSS

Fund applications



Securing personnel

Employment of outstanding researchers and support staff

Supporting educational programs

Assistance in the dispatch of students/researchers to foreign institutions and the advancement of educational activities

Supporting research

Advancement of research activities related to Synergetic Studies for Space

Social engagement

Public outreach activities and publicity related to Synergetic Studies for Space