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Multilateral Research Funding

1. Open Research Area for the social sciences

JSPS will participate in the ORA for the social sciences as an associate partner and has launched a call for FY2018 for Japanese researchers.

The Open Research Area (ORA) initiative was launched in 2010 and since then it has funded collaborative projects that bring together French, German, British and Dutch researchers from all social science disciplines with a view to building European collaborative projects in the social sciences. Namely, the French National Research Agency (ANR), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Netherlands Scientific Research Organization (NWO) have made a framework agreement.

As JSPS aims to foster a wide variety of researchers who can play an active role in the world, participation of young researchers in this programme will be welcomed.


Call for FY2018

Number of Awards 1-4
Research Area Social Sciences
Duration of Project

2-3 years from the beginning of the starting date *Starting date should be between October 2018 to March 2019. The exact starting date will be decided through a discussion among the research leaders from each country.

Application Method

The research leader on the Japanese side and a consortium made up of research leaders from at least two countries among France, Germany, UK and the Netherlands are to apply together.
The Research leader on the Japanese side is to submit their application forms to JSPS Tokyo. The Research leader on the European side is to submit their application form to the ORA office (DFG, Germany). On the European side, they will conduct 2 stages of screening: Outline Proposals and Full Proposals. Those applications which pass the first stage, Outline proposals can be received as potential proposals on the JSPS side. Since Outline proposals are supposed to be carried out only on the European side, The Japanese research leader does not have to submit proposals for this stage to JSPS Tokyo. Therefore, the Japanese research leader who would like to apply for the programme, he/ she need to ask the counterpart European leader to submit Outline proposals to the ORA office. Here is the closing date for the application to the ORA office.
Closing date for Outline proposals: Wednesday 5 July 2017 (CET)
The screening result for the Outline proposals will be informed the European research leader by the ORA office around November 2017. Therefore, please make sure that the Japanese leader ask the European leader for the result.
Please note that the research plan and the abstract of the research written on the application form from each side should be the same. If JSPS finds any differences, the nomination may possibly be cancelled.

Application Period

Monday 4 December 2017 through Wednesday 31 January
2018 (for the Japanese side)
As for the closing date for Full Proposals of the European side, please contact the ORA office (DFG) to confirm the start date of the application period.
*Please note, for the Japanese side, the applicant’s affiliated institution in Japan may set an earlier deadline than that set by JSPS Tokyo.

Amount of project
funding from JSPS

up to JPY10,000,000 per fiscal year
(Total amount for whole period: up to JPY30,000,000)

Link to JSPS Tokyo Website

https://www.jsps.go.jp/j-bottom/02_f_sinsei.html(in Japanese only)

Link to ORA call

Click here

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).

Coverage of Project Funding

1) International and domestic travel expenses 
2) Research materials 
3) Personnel expenses 
4) other 
*These expenses are only to be used by the Japanese researchers in a university or research institute in Japan that is eligible to receive Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).This includes postdoctoral researchers and MA/PhD students who are considered to have enough ability and experience to accomplish the research.


Selection Procedure

JSPS Tokyo will evaluate the research theme on the Japanese side independently from the evaluation by the European side. After the screening process takes place at JSPS Tokyo, they will discuss their results with the European side in order to make a final selection. Notification of the selection results will be sent to the head of the Japanese applicant’s institution around September 2018.



For application enquiries and submissions on the Japanese side, please contact:
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, 
Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN 
Tel: +81 (0)3-3263-1724/1918 
E-mail: bottom-up@jsps.go.jp
For the European side, please also refer to the ORA office (DFG) website:


2. 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 centers 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 trailblazing 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 (Japanese)

(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)

For more detailed information about the application process, please click here:


3. Programme for Advancing Strategic International Networks to Accelerate the Circulation of Talented Researchers

This program works to foster excellent young Japanese researchers who will form the nucleus of networks that are formed by Japanese research groups with a high degree of potential, that draw upon the international circulation of good brains, and that carry out international joint research with top-ranked overseas research institutions. It does this by supporting Japanese universities and research institutions with programs to dispatch for long stays young Japanese researchers to counterpart countries and to invite researchers from those countries to Japan.

We are not going to make a call for FY2018 and in the further future.

Call for FY2017

Number of awards available Approximately 10-15 projects
Duration of Stay 1-3 year (FY2017-FY2019)
Application Method:

Send your application under the name of the head
of the Japanese institution to JSPS Headquarters.

Application Period: 8-10 May 2017
Total amount of
project funding

Up to 40 million Japanese Yen per year for each project

(Up to 25 million Japanese Yen for FY2017 only)

which includes:

1) Project Implementation costs

2) Project Management costs worth up to 10% of the Project Implementation costs


Coverage of
Project Funding

1) Project implementation costs including:

a) Travel expenses for sending young researchers from Japan and inviting researchers to Japan

b) Research expenses for international joint research such as:

・Travel expenses for the project leader and other members, who travel to supervise the candidate, travel expenses for data collection, investigation, meetings and presentations of research outcomes, travel expenses for inviting guest speakers (level of the guest speakers is not limited, however the preference is for senior researchers to be involved).

・Capital investment necessary to conduct a project


・Costs of expendable supplies

.2) Project management costs
Link to JSPS
Tokyo Website
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-zunoujunkan3/index.html (Japanese)

For more detailed information about the application process, please click here:

Full details of the programme can be found in Japanese using the following link. : http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-zunoujunkan3/index.html

4. The G8 Research Councils Initiative for Multilateral Research Funding

The Heads of Research Councils from the G8 countries (G8-HORCs) Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the UK, and the USA (Italy is not participating) have established a new joint funding initiative.
Global challenges need global solutions and this pilot initiative provides a new framework for co-operation across a broad range of disciplines and on a multilateral and multinational basis.

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