*Program for Supporting the Research Activities of Female Researchers (Joint Research):
Ochanomizu University, Shibaura Institute of Technology and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) made a joint application to the MEXT Human Resource Development Program for Science and Technology, Program for Supporting the Research Activities of Female Researchers (Joint Research), and were accepted. It is a matter of urgency to increase the proportion of female researchers working in engineering, which remains low. Three institutions decided to cooperate in this project in order to boost the ratio of female researchers engaged in engineering in Japan: Ochanomizu University, a national university which has educated and produced a great many female researchers; Shibaura Institute of Technology, a private university that has put a great deal of effort into educating engineering personnel; and NIMS, which is one of the world's top materials research institutions.
(From Ochanomizu University's website)