About JSPS

Core to Core Programme

Since FY 2012, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has implemented Core-to-Core Programme, comprising two components: (1) Advanced Research Networks and (2) Asia-Africa Science Platforms. While the Asia-Africa Science Platforms require counterpart counties to be in Asia and/or Africa with full diplomatic links with Japan, the Advanced Research Networks require them to be any of at least two or more countries including the UK that have diplomatic relations with Japan. The following particularly explains the Advanced Research Networks, designed to create top world-class research centres that partner over the long term with other core research institutions around the world in advancing research in leading-edge fields, on issues of high international priority. As well as advancing research in these fields, the Core-to-Core Programme will also concentrate on fostering the next generations of trailblasing young researchers.

*All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this programme.

Call for FY2018

(world wide)
About 8 projects
Duration of Project from April 2018 (for Max. 5 years)
Application Method:

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

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

http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-c2c/boshuu_shinsei.html (Japaese)

(outline of core to core program in English)

Application Period: Wed, 6 September 2017 - Wed, 4 October 2017
Total amount of
project funding
Up to 18 million Japanese Yen per fiscal year for Japanese core institutions
*Counterpart core institutions are to obtain project funding in their respective countries.
Coverage of
Project Funding

1) International travel expenses
2) Domestic travel expenses
3) Cost of consumables 
4) Honoraria

5) Others

Link to JSPS
Tokyo Website
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-c2c/index.html (English)
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-c2c/index.html (Japanese)


● Japanese universities and research institutions eligible to apply for this program as a core institution are those specified in Article 2 of the Procedure for the Handling of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi), issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). To qualify, an institution or department must possess sufficient research funding, equipment/facilities and human resources, and be capable of programmatically implementing the overall research project as its core institution.

Institutions specified as eligible in the Procedure for the Handling of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research:
1) Universities and inter-university research institutions
2) MEXT-affiliated institutions engaged in research
3) Colleges of technology
4) Institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT

● Each core university, which plays a leading role in conducting research exchange in this project, must have one project coordinator. He/she must be a full-time researcher or a researcher positioned as full time at the core university. However, a researcher who is not employed full-time may qualify as a coordinator if his/her affiliated core university guarantees the implementation of the project including the provision of an appropriate research environment (e.g. laboratory, equipment, personnel). In any case, the coordinator must be eligible to receive Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi). As the coordinator plays a vital role in carrying out the project plan, care should be taken not to appoint a person to the position who might loss his/her coordinator eligibility, or otherwise be unable to perform the coordinator’s duties during the period of the project’s implementation.

● The Japanese core institution should collaborate with at least two or more countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. (JSPS treats Taiwan and Palestine in this manner.)

● Research fields must be considered to be cutting-edge and internationally important in Japan. (All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.)

Duration and Commencement of Awards

From April 2018 through March 2023 (under the FY2018 call)

Terms of The Award

● JSPS provides up to 18 million Japanese yen per fiscal year for Japanese core institutions. JSPS will cover the following major expenses of the Japanese core institutions:

i. International travel expenses
ii. Domestic travel expenses
iii. Cost of expendable supplies
iv. Honorariums

v. Others

Counterpart core institutions are to obtain project funding from science- promotion agencies or other funding organisations in their respective countries.
JSPS does not ask its overseas counterpart agencies to make proposal calls under the title ”Core-to-Core Program.” As long as counterpart core institutions are able to obtain project funding under any system in the necessary amount to conduct the research exchange under the project, JSPS consider them eligible to participate in this program. After being selected, core institutions in counterpart countries are required to submit a document confirming whether or not they were able to secure matching funds. The schedule for this confirmation process is posted on JSPS’s website. (See http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-c2c/data/supplementary_explanation_on_matching_fund.pdf)

Application Period

Wed, 6 September 2017- Wed, 4 October 2017 
(This is the deadline for applications to be sent to JSPS. Please be aware that the deadline within each institution to collect applications to send to JSPS may vary.)

Selection Process (expected)

FY2018 call(The project to start on 1 April 2018)



Beginning of July: Call release

Wed, 6 September- Wed, 4 October: Application period


Mid February: Announcement of results


Selection Criteria

Applications to JSPS Headquarters will be evaluated according to the following points:

● Scientific/academic merit
● Fostering young researchers
● Creating implementation framework on Japan side
● Network building with counterpart core institutions
● Appropriateness of research plan


For application enquiries and submissions, please contact:

Research Cooperation Division 
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0083, JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)3-3263-2316
Fax: +81-(0)3-3234-3700 
E-mail: core-to-core@jsps.go.jp

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