Partner Facilities in Japan and Abroad

The science behind the development of fundamental technologies for the maximization of human abilities and performance form a new system of scholarship, one that establishes a scientific core consisting not only of conventional physical education and sports research, but also health science and sports medicine that serve to promote the advancement of human fitness and wellness. This system has been assigned an important mission: to support and endorse policies that will make Japan a “Nation of Health and Longevity” by 2030. We have obtained the endorsement of researchers from the following communities.

Introduction to Research Facilities and Resources

ARIHHP shares facilities and resources with external academic and research institutions and promotes advanced research. Here is an introduction to the top 5 research facilities that were functionally grouped by the areas of specialization of the section and development teams.

  • MIND
  • BODY

We have stopped accepting proposals for 2021

April 30, 2021

ARIHHP, at the Faculty of Health and Sport Science at the University of Tsukuba, was established in July 2015. Our mission is to maximize comprehensive human performance as reflected in “mind, body and technique” through the development of exercise, nutrition and rest (sleep) programs, sports technologies, equipment and training methods. To achieve our goal and to promote strong fundamental research by collaborating with domestic and overseas academic and research organizations that share our mission, every year we invite submissions for public research projects that are conducive to the goals of ARIHHP.
This academic year, we are increasing the scope and number of themes as compared with the previous year. Applicants should obtain the consent of the director of the organization or facility to which they belong.

The following are the 10 Joint Research themes for the academic year 2021. (For details on our facilities, please refer to “Research: Research Facilities & Researchers”)

Facility a. Advanced Brain Analysis Facility
Facility b. Cardiovascular & Respiratory System
Facility c. Advanced Energy Metabolism Facility
テーマ⑤ 「健常者やアスリートの睡眠時エネルギー代謝の解析」
テーマ⑥ 「高強度身体活動時の栄養補給法に関する検討」
Facility d. Advanced Sport Engineering Facility
テーマ⑦ 「水中運動を対象としたヒューマン・ハイ・パフォーマンスに関する研究」
テーマ⑧ 「スポーツ技術の向上に関する研究」
Facility e. Advanced Physical Strength Training Facility

テーマ⑩ 上記テーマ1-9に関連する、特に新型コロナウィルス緊急対策のための課題

We have stopped accepting proposals for 2021
We have stopped accepting proposals for Joint Research for the 2021 academic year.
*We are still accepting regular research proposals that are not for joint research themes.


1.   Types and number of themes selected
Fees for domestic travel, and expendable supplies: 100,000 yen (upper limit)
Number of proposals to be accepted: about 30 (total amount: 3,000,000 yen)
2.   Qualifications for applicants
Research representatives who apply need to belong to a public or private university, a public research institute, a private company, etc. while his/her research period, and be researchers or teaching staff themselves engaged in any of the joint usage research themes 1 to 10.
Please note that a graduate student is not allowed to apply as a representative of a research institution; however, s/he can be accepted as a participating researcher in a project.
If you want to apply continuously, you must submit the results of the joint research of the previous year. cf.Application Summary 8.
3.   Research period
01 June 2021 ~ 31 March 2022
4.   How to apply
  • (1)Prior to submission, please contact one of our faculty members representing your research theme.
    There is a section in the application form, (Request for Accepting Faculty Member), where you need to enter the name
    of the representative instructor.
  • Representative instructors ※Please replace [at] with @.

    Theme① 運動・スポーツによる認知機能向上と神経基盤:動物やヒトを用いたスポーツ神経科学的研究
    Instructor SOYA Hideaki
    Theme② 運動・スポーツ・身体技法の心理的効果の測定・評価
    Instructor SAKAIRI Yosuke
    Address sakairi.yosuke.fn[at]
    Theme③ 運動・トレーニングと循環機能に関する研究
    Instructor TAKAHASHI Hideyuki
    Theme④ 環境(温度・気圧)の違いによる運動時の呼吸・循環・体温調節に関する研究
    Instructor FUJII Naoto
    Theme⑤ 健常者やアスリートの睡眠時エネルギー代謝の解析
    Instructor TOKUYAMA Kumpei
    Theme⑥ 高強度身体活動時の栄養補給法に関する検討
    Instructor OMI Naomi
    Theme⑦ 水泳水中運動を対象としたヒューマン・ハイ・パフォーマンスに関する研究
    Instructor SENGOKU Yasuo
    Theme⑧ スポーツ技術の向上に関する研究
    Instructor ASAI takeshi
    Theme⑨ アスリートの長期育成に関する研究
    Instructor ENOMOTO Yasushi
    Address enomoto.yasushi.ft[at]
    Theme⑩ 上記テーマ①-⑨に関連する、特に新型コロナウィルス緊急対策のための課題
    Instructor 上記教員のいずれか
    Address 上記教員のいずれかのアドレス
  • (2)Download the application form below, fill out the required items, and submit it to “6. Where to Submit an Application” on digital media”
  • <Application documents>
    -Guidelines   PDF
    -Joint Usage/ Joint Research Application Form  WordPDF
    -Consent Form  WordPDF
5.   Deadline for submitting an application
– Joint Usage/ Joint Research Application Form
– Consent Form
Please submit the above documents in the digital format designated in “6. Where to Submit an Application” by Thursday, 13 May 2021.
6.   Where to submit your application

ARIHHP Office, Advanced Research Initiative for Human High Performance (ARIHHP), University of Tsukuba

1)Please put “Joint Usage / Joint Research Application” in the subject line of your e-mail.
2)We will respond to you with a confirmation e-mail within two business days (Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays not included) you have not received a confirmation e-mail, please make an inquiry. (Phone: 029-853-2671)
7.   Result of decision
After deliberation by the Joint-Usage Committee which includes extramural academics, applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Monday, 31 May 2021 by means of Japan Post or e-mail. Please note that there are instances where the proposal is accepted under the condition that the research theme is modified.
8.   Necessary expenses
– Fees for domestic travel, and expendable supplies necessary for the Joint-Usage or Joint Research will be compensated.
– necessary travel Fees will be calculated and paid according to the travel fee regulations of the University of Tsukuba.
9.   Submission of a Joint Research Report
After completion of the Joint Usage / Joint Research program, representatives of research institutes are expected to submit a digitized report to the AIRHHP office (please refer to 6: Where to Submit an Application) by the end of April 2022. *The format will be explained in detail later.
10. Paper submission
When the results of joint research are presented as an academic paper, please mention the following as an acknowledgment: Cooperative Research Grant of Advanced Research Initiative for Human High Performance, University of Tsukuba
Also, please send a copy of the paper to the address below (12. Inquiries).
11. Handling intellectual properties
The University of Tsukuba Intellectual Property Policy will be referred to where applicable. All inquiries should be directed to “12. Inquiries.” through a separate e-mail.
12. Contact information
Advanced Research Initiative for Human High Performance (ARIHHP)
*Inquiries should be made by e-mail.

TEL & FAX: +81 298 53 2671
Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8574, JAPAN

Instructors responsible for the facilities

a. Advanced Brain Analysis Facility

SOYA Hideaki, SAKAIRI Yosuke, Michael A. YASSA, MATSUI Takashi, OKAMOTO Masahiro, AMEMIYA Rei
Research Objective:
We elucidate the effects of Exercise and sports on brain and mental function
Research Facilities at ARIHHP:
  • Human study facilities
  • 1. Brain imaging system, fNIRS /fMRI
  • 2. Eye mark recorder
  • Animal study facilities
  • 1. Transgenic animal facility
  • 2. Neurotransmitter measuring system, microdialysis/HPLC
  • 3. Brain metabolism measuring system, metabolic chamber/microwave irradiation/biosensor for metabolites
  • 4. Microscopes, confocal laser microscope/all-in-one fluorescence microscope/stereoscopic microscope
  • 5. Behavior experiment system, shield room/morris water maze/open field test/novel objection recognize test

b. Cardiovascular & Respiratory Assessment Facility

NISHIYASU Takeshi, FUJII Naoto, (TAKAHASHI Hideyuki)
Research Objective:
To elucidate how cardiovascular & respiratory systems adapt to exercise training and environmental stresses
Research Facilities at ARIHHP:
Environmental chambers (Barometric pressure, temperature, humidity and O2 concentration can be controlled)
Cardiorespiratory function analysis system
Blood flow analysis system (blood flow in the brain, heart and skeletal muscle measured by ultrasound technique)
Biochemical analysis system (using blood, saliva and urine sample etc.)

c. Advanced Energy Metabolism Facility

TAKAHASHI Hideyuki, TOKUYAMA Kumpei, TAKEDA Fumi, OMI Naomi, MONMA Takafumi
Research Objective:
To elucidate the effect of environment and exercise training on the energy metabolism
Research Facilities at ARIHHP:
Human calorimeter, metabolic chamber for animal
Bone-density measuring equipment (dual -energy X-ray absorptiometry)

d. Advanced Sport Engineering Facility

ASAI takeshi,TAKAGI Hideki, YAMAGIWA Shinichi, SENGOKU Yasuo, HONG Sungchank, TSUNOKAWA Takaaki
Research Objective:
Development of Advanced Sports Goods and Techniques
Research Facilities at ARIHHP:
Experimental Circulating Water Channel and Environmental Control Tank (Hydrodynamics of Swimming)
Sport Fluid Engineering Laboratory (Maximum wind speed is 55m/s, the degree of turbulence is less than 0.1%)
Optical 3D Motion Capture System (VICON)

e. Advanced Physical Strength Training Facility

Research Objective:
Development of Advanced Sports Training and Evaluation Methods
Research Facilities at ARIHHP:
Optical 3D Motion Capture System (VICON) and force plate system
Indoor swimming pool

External Evaluation on ARIHHP Activities

The activity and the status of collaborative work (joint usage and collaborative research projects) at ARIHHP are evaluated every year by
the industry-government-academia collaborative evaluation committee (including members from external organizations), in addition to self-evaluations.

2020 Industry-Government-Academia Collaborative Evaluation
Committee Implementation Report

Implementation date: March 17, 2021

Evaluation committee members: 3 external and 3 internal members
(Members’ affiliation: Meiji Yasuda Welfare Corporation, Institute of Physical Fitness and Development, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Doshisha University)

Comprehensive evaluation:

  • +The staffing of researchers is substantial, and the accumulation of research outcomes is steadily increasing.
  • +The scoring results by the selection committee for open-call research can be evaluated as having high evaluation items for “creativity” both inside and outside the university.
  • +On the other hand, it is necessary to devise ways to add value to compensate for the low amount of adoption due to lack of monetary resources.

Please contact us for the past evaluation results.