NODAI Research Institute
Tokyo University of Agriculture conducts university-wide research activities based on the strategic research policies outlined below so as to fulfill the expectation for our students and society at large.
(1)Promotion of pioneer researches on a global scale in the fields of food and agricultural sciences.
(2) Discovery and fostering of the next-generation researchers who will become the future support of TUA.
(3) Establishment of practical integrated agricultural sciences related to food and agriculture, and publication of the research outcomes.
(4) Development of practical knowledge and technologies through strategic researches.
Nodai Research Institute executes the important mission of promoting and implementing the research strategies of Tokyo University of Agriculture. TUA conducted a thorough review of the functions of NRI in 2003, and starting from 2004, the functions of NRI were arranged the following three functions and our organization was divided into three divisions.
<Function 1 – Enhancing TUA's research capabilities by organizing and promoting pioneer and strategic research>
To plan, organize, and implement pioneer and strategic researches, as well as to promote the publication of research findings, collaborative researches among private enterprises and their business application, so that the research capabilities of Tokyo University of Agriculture can make a quantum leap into the future. To fulfill these objectives, TUA has taken the initiative since 2004, through open application, to conduct pioneer research project, the development research project of practical technology, and the young researcher support project, on its own.
<Function 2 – Contribution to the development of society by technology transfer>
To take an intensive look at the findings from pioneer and strategic researches and other researches conducted within the university, and to promote social and business applications in order to contribute to student education and social development. In order to advance such social and business applications concretely, the following actions are carrying out: (1) the advancement of industry–government–academia collaborative researches and management of the NRI study group; (2) the establishment of intellectual property rights related to research findings; (3) the hosting of workshop and lecture meetings; and (4) the publication of a scholarly journal and provision of the information; and so forth. In 2004, the Biomass Energy Center opened and has since become a research hub for technology using biomass as resources and energy sources. Since last year, a project funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) called the “Social collaborative research promotion initiative” was launched in the city of Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture for the purpose of giving back to society on research findings as mentioned above.
<Function 3 – Unification of research support related administrative functions to NRI>