NWU was selected to be one of the recipient universities of a five-year Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science provided by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) during the Japanese fiscal year of 2010-2014. The specific name of the fund is “Supporting Positive Activities for Female Researchers”. NWU had worked on a university-based project, called “Creating the Center for the Development of Next-Generation Female Researchers by Tradition and Reformation” by using this particular fund. This project was coordinated and managed by the Office of Reform Promotion in the Training System for Women Researchers within the Organization for the Promotion of Gender Equality. Even after the funding period is over, NWU has been continuing to engage in various activities to help women researchers to enhance their skills by using its own internal funding. These activities include, but are not limited to, positive actions to increase the number of women researchers in science as well as assistance in improving their research skills. On April 1, 2016, the Office of Reform Promotion in the Training System for Women Researchers was combined with the Office of Mutual-Assistance and Support for Women Researchers (both of which are within the Organization for the Promotion of Gender Equality) to become the Office of Diversity in Research Environment. The Office of Diversity in Research Environment has been in charge of the continued activities previously mentioned.
※Besides science field, NWU enlarged support for research skills development grant to medical and health fields in May 2017.