This research group (Lenggoro Lab) was started in January 2007, as one of 22 research groups (led by Associate Professor) at the Strategic Division of Young Researchers, Institute of Symbiotic Science and Technology. Those 22 fellows were the 1st generation of Japan’s tenure-track program (2006-2011), funded by the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology coordinated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
In April 2007, four students (bachelor, master, doctor) were started their course with Lenggoro as thesis advisor, and now (2013) around 14-15 students are within the group.
・2008年3月（卒業生 : 第１期生）
・2009年3月（修士修了者 : 第１期生）
・2010年3月（博士修了者 : 第１期生）
Wuled Lenggoro was a tenured assistant professor (1998-2006) at Hiroshima University, and a tenure-track associate professor at TUAT (2007-2009, then tenured in 2009)
東京農工大学・若手人材育成拠点-Strategic Division of Young Researchers-
…Cited From: www.tuat.ac.jp/~kenkyu2/kenkyuin/division/102.html
What is the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology
(From : http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/mext/01.html)
Special coordination funds for promoting science and technology were originally top-down funds competitively distributed by the Council for Science and Technology Policy to solve important issues concerning Japan’s science and technology policy. The funds were first appropriated in fiscal 1981 for the budget of the then Science and Technology Agency. The funds were used in line with the policy of the predecessor of the Council for Science and Technology Policy.
When the Science and Technology Agency was reorganized into the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2001, the use of the special coordination funds was reviewed. The funds are now used to finance the reform of the nation’s science and technology systems and strategic investments into science fields that have potential for growth.
Special coordination funds for promoting science and technology are utilized as competitively distributed policy-oriented funds. The funds’ use is decided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology according to the course of action adopted by the Council for Science and Technology Policy. Such funds were budgeted for fiscal 2006 based on the council’s proposal for the nation’s basic science and technology policy and basic idea on the distribution of the funds, both of which were given on December 27, 2005.
The funds being allotted for fiscal 2006 are meant to:
1) strengthen the executive function of the Council for Science and Technology Policy,
2) promote the reform of the nation’s science and technology systems in order to increase the creativity of human resources and help them create innovative ideas,
3) promote strategic research and development while meeting the people’s needs, and
4) promote efforts to strategically internationalize science and technology activities in Japan.
Programs being financed by the special coordination funds include those undertaken by heads of research organizations. The characteristics of the programs are very unique, with research activities being carried out under special themes or topics set for each fiscal year. The size of the annual budget of some programs may surpass some JPY 1 billion. Allotted funds are not used solely for the research of the allottee’s choosing because they are entrusted by the Council for Science and Technology Policy to conduct research under certain themes or fields.
…from: Science and Technology Policy in Japan