Center for Innovative Research(CIR)

Based on the mission and vision, the Center for Innovative Research promotes “NIHU Transdisciplinary Projects” and “NIHU Co-creation Research Initiatives.”

CIR info


NIHU Transdisciplinary Projects

As basic and interdisciplinary research on the humanities, which forms the core of NIHU, eleven research projects in three types will be implemented, leading to an expansion of academic networks and the creation of new fields to strengthen functions for fulfilling our mission as an inter-university research institute.

Institute-based Projects

NIHU’s six institutes have established priority research themes in accordance with their respective missions. They collaborate with institutes and researchers both in Japan and overseas to conduct research that deepens knowledge and understanding of their respective specialist areas.

Multidisciplinary Collaborative Projects

These are projects in which NIHU’s institutes take on a central role while collaborating with other NIHU’s institutes as well as universities and other external institutes, working with research themes that cut across different fields. There is a collaboration with Japanese and overseas research institutes and researchers in diverse fields such as the humanities, information science, conservation science, and environmental studies, as well as with local communities, to engage in interdisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of specializations.

Network-based Projects

These are projects in which NIHU’s institutes play a central role in forming a network with universities and other research institutes in Japan and overseas as well as implementing issues that are important to Japan and the world. Through the establishment of the NIHU Global Area Studies Program and the Inter-University Research Institute Network Project to Preserve and Succeed Historical and Cultural Resources, efforts are being made in research to solve problems from various research fields.


NIHU Co-creation Research Initiatives

These are projects that promote the sharing of research results and co-creation with local communities and societies, promote knowledge co-creation projects and co-creation outreach initiatives, whose aim is to develop research in three ways: “social co-creation,” “digitalization,” and “international co-creation.”

Knowledge Co-creation Projects

These projects promote joint research through co-creation with various organizations and people within and without NIHU as well as develop research in three ways.

Co-creation Outreach Initiatives

These initiatives implement projects to accelerate the three types of research development as well as aim to enhance and innovate research at NIHU’s institutes and universities and other external institutes.

NIHU Knowledge Co-creation Projects

NIHU "Digital Humanities" (DH) Projects

NIHU Global Partnership