Venturing into unknown and uncharted territories to explore the frontiers of knowledge

Greeting and Appeal for Donations

Exploring the frontiers of knowledge in unknown and uncharted territories…

Won’t you join us in this adventure?


Please allow us to express our sincere gratitude for your continued understanding and support of the activities of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo.

As its name suggests, the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS) has always challenged itself to seek out the frontiers of knowledge. Established in 1998 with the aim of creating new fields of academic inquiry for the twenty-first century, the founding philosophy of GSFS celebrates academic fusion, bringing together faculty members and researchers with diverse backgrounds from across the University of Tokyo, as well as from domestic and international research and educational institutions, with the full support of the University. In 2000, the School secured a base of operations on Kashiwa Campus (Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture), the University of Tokyo’s third campus after Hongo and Komaba, which forms the core of a future-oriented city that combines lush vegetation with state-of-the art urban functionality.

The GSFS consists of eleven departments clustered into three divisions (Transdisciplinary Sciences, Biosciences, and Environmental Studies), the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science Global Leadership Initiative (a doctoral program administered by the graduate school), and five individually distinct research centers. With a staff of more than 180 faculty members – each one a leader in their field – and upwards of 1,370 students, the GSFS draws on expertise in fields such as nanotechnology, materials science, energy, information, complex systems, life sciences, medicine, the environment, and international cooperation, as well as their mutual synergies, to further education and research that offers a holistic view of various contemporary issues that have grown too complex to be addressed by traditional academic approaches.

To support this endeavor, we are excited to announce the establishment of the GSFS Fund to secure a stable financial base, which will be crucial for pioneering uncharted fields of knowledge, and maintaining and developing high-level research and education. Through this fund, we will promote scientific inquiry that doggedly explores the new issues that humanity faces, as well as the development of a new generation of professionals who will play a leading role in the global society of the twenty-first century. Specifically, we intend to implement the following projects in a robust and sustainable manner:

・Developing and implementing a cross-disciplinary program for the training of high-level professionals

・Providing tuition support and improving the research and education environment for both Japanese and international students

・Promoting the investigation and study of transdisciplinary seed research that have the potential to become the foundation of future science and industry

・Liaising with the local community to promote projects translating UTokyo’s academic knowledge into social innovation

・Promoting various projects toward the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


We would like to thank you in advance for your generous support.


Tomochika Tokunaga

Dean of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences



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Project Leader

Tomochika Tokunaga

Dean of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences,

The University of Tokyo

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