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JSPS Bilateral Joint Research Projects/Seminars


JSPS carries out "JSPS Bilateral Programmes" between Japan and counterpart countries based on agreements concluded with academies, research councils and other science‐promotion organizations in those countries. This programme is described below as Type A: Bilateral Joint Projects with JSPS’s Counterpart Institutions.

The aim of this programme is to form sustained networks evolved from individual scientist exchanges including young scientists. JSPS provides financial support to Japanese scientists implementing such bilateral joint research projects and seminars between research teams from Japan and counterpart countries.

From FY2013 in addition to joint projects and seminars with counterpart organizations, JSPS launched a new scheme for proposals named “Open Partnership for Joint Projects and Seminars” that provides Japanese researchers an opportunity to conduct research or hold a seminar with researchers around the world who reside in a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. (JSPS also treats researchers who reside in Taiwan and Palestine in this manner.) The source of matching funds from the counterpart side does not have to be from a funding body which holds an agreement with JSPS. This programme is described below as Type B: Open Partnership Joint Projects/Seminars.


List of Awarded Joint Research Projects

List of Awarded Joint Seminars






Type A: Bilateral Joint Projects with JSPS’s Counterpart Institutions


Call for FY2019

Type A: Bilateral Joint Projects with JSPS’s Counterpart Institutions

- Based on an agreement with The Royal Society, JSPS will cover the costs of the Japanese team, and The Royal Society will cover the costs of the British team.   

- It is intended that JSPS and the Royal Society will fund the same joint research projects. 

- The counterpart British team leader is to submit an application to the Royal Society. Applications submitted by one side only will not be accepted. Japanese/British team leaders should therefore be sure that their counterpart submits a matching application.

*Please notice under the scheme, only Joint Research Projects are avialable, not Seminars.

Number of projects to be selected 5
Duration of Project

Starting date: 1 April 2019 for the Japanese side and up to and including 18 March 2019 to 2020 for the UK side. Project duration is fixed at 2 years.

Subject Area Natural Sciences
Application Method:

Japanese universities / research institutions must complete the e-application process on the JSPS website. For details, please refer to

http://www-shinsei.jsps.go.jp/topkokusai/top_kokusai.html

http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-bilat/semina/shinsei_bosyu.html (Japanese)

http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-bilat/call.html (English)

Application Period:

JSPS Tokyo: Wednesday 22nd August to Wednesday 5th September, 2018

*Please note that applications from the Japanese institution must be sent centrally. JSPS Tokyo does not accept an application from an individual researcher. A Japanese institution may set an earlier, internal deadline to collect and check the format of the application before submitting to JSPS Tokyo. Under no circumstances will JSPS Tokyo accept a late application. 

Royal Society: 2nd October, 2018 ,15:00 UK time

Total amount of 
project funding

JSPS: Up to JPY 2,000,000 per fiscal year (Up to JPY 4,000,000 in total)

Royal Society: Up to GBP 12,000 in total

Coverage of 
Project Funding

JSPS will cover the expenses of the Japanese teams; mainly travel and accommodation costs.

1) International and domestic travel expenses 
2) Other expenses (Consumables, honoraria, material printing, communication, meeting expenses in Japan, etc.)

JSPS 
Tokyo
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-bilat/index.html (English) 
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-bilat/semina/jrss.html (Japanese)
The Royal Society 

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/

The Royal Society’s contact information:

6‐9 Carton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7451 2557
E-mail: international.exchanges@royalsociety.org

* Eligibility (Japanese Applicants)

Applicants must hold a full-time or equivalent position as a researcher at a university or research institute in Japan that is eligible to receive Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).






Type B: Open Partnership Joint Projects/Seminars


Call for FY2019
Duration of Project

Joint Projects - Up to 2 years

*Start date must be during the period of 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

Joint Seminars - Up to 1 week

* Seminars must be held during the period of 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

Subject Area Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences
Application Method

Japanese universities / research institutions must complete the e-application process on the JSPS website. For details, please refer to

http://www-shinsei.jsps.go.jp/topkokusai/top_kokusai.html

http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-bilat/semina/shinsei_bosyu.html (Japanese)

Application Period

Wednesday 22nd August to Wednesday 5th September, 2018

*Please note that applications from the Japanese institution must be sent centrally. JSPS Tokyo does not accept an application from an individual researcher. A Japanese institution may set an earlier, internal deadline to collect and check the format of the application before submitting to JSPS Tokyo. Under no circumstances will JSPS Tokyo accept a late application. 

Total amount of 
project funding

Joint Projects - Up to JPY 2,000,000 per fiscal year    (Up to JPY 4,000,000 in total)

Joint Seminars - Up to JPY 2,000,000

Coverage of 
Project Funding

JSPS will cover the expenses of the Japanese team; mainly travel and accommodation costs.

Joint Projects

1) International and domestic travel expenses 
2) Other expenses (Consumables, honoraria, material printing, communication, meeting expenses in Japan, etc.)

Joint Seminars held in Japan

1) Domestic travel expenses 
2) Meeting expenses

Joint Seminars held in counterpart country

1) International and domestic travel expenses 
2) Meeting expenses

 JSPS 
Tokyo Website
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-bilat/index.html (English) 
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-bilat/semina/jrss.html (Japanese)

 * Eligibility (Japanese Applicants)

Applicants must hold a full-time or equivalent position as a researcher at a university or research institute in Japan that is eligible to receive Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).






JRPs-LEAD with UKRI (JSPS - UKRI joint call)


UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)  provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects between UK and Japanese researchers which contribute to advancing impacts for the benefit of both countries. UKRI and JSPS are keen to support collaboration between leading researchers and teams in areas of mutual strength through sharing resources including research facilities.

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