Physicist Shin’ichiro Ando was awarded the prestigious Japanese Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists. Ando, a member of the center of excellence for Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics Amsterdam, will use the grant for his research in astroparticle physics, high-energy astrophysics, and cosmology.
Next to his full-time position at UvA, Ando has also been affiliated to the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo since the fall of 2016. The Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists is the biggest Japanese grant for young individual researchers, similar to the Vidi grant in the Netherlands. The grant, awarded through Kavli IPMU, consists of an amount equivalent to €200,000, and can be spent over the next four years on travel, equipment and postdoc salaries. Ando will also take this as an opportunity to facilitate exchange of knowledge and people between Amsterdam and Tokyo.