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TRAFST Vol.3 No.2 pp. 95-101

Review:

Policy Trends to Support Female Researchers Through Competitive Project Funding

Noriko INUZUKA

Kyushu University, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka

Received:
1 July 2009
Accepted:
5 August 2009
Published:
October 15, 2009
Keywords:
university reform, gender equity, competitive research fund, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology (SCF)
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze trends in university policy reforms for gender equity in Japan, with a focus on Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology (SCF). SCF is a budget for the implementation of science and technology promotion that enhances system reforms to develop human resources and create innovation. It supports universities and research institutions, as initiative models, to implement efforts to promote the activities of female researchers. TheMinistry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) encourages universities and research institutions to set out relevant frameworks and action plans for gender equity, as well as to specify targets for hiring and appointing female researchers to higher positions through competitive project funding. In this paper, the author investigates how policy environment influences university reforms for female researchers and, as a case study, examines Kyushu University’s programs, such as the establishment of the support office for female researchers, the programs to dispatch research assistants to support busy female researchers, and the enrichment programs for the next generation.

Cite this article as:
Noriko INUZUKA, “Policy Trends to Support Female Researchers Through Competitive Project Funding,” , Vol.3, No.2, pp. 95-101, 2009.
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