CSRS promotes flagship projects towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of 17 SDGs to be achieved by 2030. The power of science and innovation is essential when addressing these global issues. Against this backdrop, CSRS will leverage its strength in research and promote flagship projects focusing on seven goals as shown below. In addition to transdisciplinary research in plant science, chemical biology, catalytic chemistry, and biomass engineering, CSRS will adopt latest technology in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and genome analysis to produce innovative results.

Advanced Research and Technology Platforms Metabolic Genome Engineering Leading-edge Polymers Innovative Catalysts Innovative Plant Biotechnology

Flagship Projects

From basic research to application and innovation: Five flagship projects, using information science, providing solutions to global issues

Through cross-cutting research collaboration in plant science, chemical biology, and catalytic chemistry, CSRS has consistently produced world-class research.
Our next mission will be to apply this state-of-the-art research and leverage research findings in the respective fields towards achievement of the SDGs and produce tangible results contributing to creation of a sustainable society. For example, our success in the demonstration of drought-resistant rice cultivation will become the foundation for further development in “Innovative Plant Biotechnology” project. Similarly, the synthesis of isoprene, a raw material used for synthetic rubber, from biomass and development of high-performance catalysts and highly functional polymers will be further advanced in the “Metabolic Genome Engineering” project and in the “Innovative Catalysts”and “Leading-edge Polymers” projects, respectively.
CSRS sees these flagship projects as the core foundation for research and will collaborate with research institutes, universities, and corporations in and outside Japan to address global issues.

Innovative Plant Biotechnology
Contributing to sustainable food and biomass production through development of plant trait improvement techniques
Metabolic Genome Engineering
Maximizing capacities of plants and microorganisms for chemical synthesis in expanding the production and use of bioproducts
Innovative Catalysts
Developing new, highly efficient catalysts that use natural resources
Leading-edge Polymers
Developing new polymers with beneficial functions improving efficiency in the use of resources and creating new industries
Advanced Research and Technology Platforms
Advancing analytical technology and information platforms and leading innovation as a science and technology hub in Japan