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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.

 

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.

The number of application:

Up to 4 per institute

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

Up to 40 million Japanese yen per year for each project,(up to for 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

・Honoraria

・Costs of expendable supplies

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

 



Eligibility

Institutions applying for the programme must be one of the following:

1) Japanese universities, inter-university research institutions, corporations, junior colleges and colleges of technology

2) Independent administrative institutions and other institutions which conduct scientific research or R&D activities

3) Research institutions in the private sector

* 2) and 3) are the required eligibility to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)

Young researchers sent abroad on this programme must be at the level of assistant professor, lecturer, associate professor or post-docs (if required) affiliated with an eligible Japanese universities or research institutions.

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural and physical sciences as well as engineering are applicable.



Duration and Commencement of Awards

Grants are awarded for a period from 1 to 3 years (FY2017 - FY2019).

Researchers visiting institutions overseas should stay for more than 1 year in total, however this period can be divided providing one stay is more than 3 months.



Number of researchers to be dispatched

There should be more than 2 early career Japanese researchers sent overseas and more than 1 overseas researcher sent to Japan per year.



Terms of The Award

Up to 40 million Japanese yen per year for each project, which includes research expenses for each young researcher sent abroad. This amount will be reduced to 25 million Japanese yen for FY2017 only.

The grants are to be used for project implementation costs and project management costs.

1) Project implementation costs include:
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 take travel to supervise young researchers and 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
・ Honoraria
・ Costs of expendable supplies

2) Project management costs can be up to 10% of the Project Implementation costs


* A matching fund is not a pre-requisite, but if fundraising is planned, it is necessary to write about this in the application statement to demonstrate how well prepared the collaborative research is.



Application Period

8 -10 May 2017



Selection Process

1) At first application screening takes place and is managed by the Selection and Evaluation Group Meeting of this programme’s International Planning Committee and divided into four research areas: “humanities and social science”, “Engineering”, “Biology”, “multidisciplinary field”. Candidates who passed the application screening will then go through to the interview screening.

2) If a candidate turns out to be unsuccessful after the application screening, the result will be announced to the head of the institute where the candidate is affiliated by the end of August 2017. The researcher’s approximate rank among other unsuccessful candidates will be informed as one of the following categories:

・Unsuccessful A (upper group among unsuccessful candidates)
・Unsuccessful B (middle group among unsuccessful candidates)
・Unsuccessful C (lower group among unsuccessful candidates)

3) The applications of candidates who passed the application screening and the interview will be discussed by the International Programme Committee.

4) The results of the final panel meeting will be announced to the head of the applicant’s institute by letter at the end of September 2017.



SELECTION CRITERIA

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

1)Developing and strengthening the overseas research network through researcher exchange 

・Implementing this program should encourage the Japanese research group to become more internationalized and obtain a high position in its research area.

・Through this program, it is expected that a cooperative relationship between Japanese researchers and counter part researchers in other countries should be strengthened and developed after this program.

・It is expected that the research plan clearly shows the role of Japanese early career researchers and overseas researchers in the implementation of international joint research.

2)Retaining a high level in international research

・It is expected that the research field is internationally attractive and will develop constantly in the future.

・The research activity of the Japanese research group so far should be at a high level internationally or top level in Japan.

・The research activity of the foreign research group so far should be top level internationally.

3)Adequacy of the Support System for Dispatched and Invited Researchers

・The destination for the dispatched researchers should be a research environment where the necessary facilties can be ensured. From the Japanese side, a management body should be in place to ensure the research of the dispatched researcher goes according to plan.

・In receiving an overseas researcher, the Japanese university or research institution should demonstrate they have an environment devoted to research that can adequately support their guest’s research activities and welfare needs.

4)Appropriateness of the Plan for International Research Collaboration and its Goal

・The Japanese group should be recognised as taking a lead throughout the research and advanced planning is required in order for a strong research network to be built.

・The set of research challenges should be reasonable and should be conducted on an international level with prior consultation of the research plan with the overseas research groups involved.

・The goals of the research should be achieved through international joint research and there is a track record of high-level, international research.

・The implementation of the research project should also achieve the strengthening and expansion of the international research network through outputs such as co-authored papers, number of citations and their impact factor.

5)Justification of Expenses

・The plan for the use of expenses in dispatching and inviting researchers should be reasonable in terms of the international joint research plan, the number of people and period of time involved. 

・If the same group has previously received funding under the JSPS “Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visits Programme for Accelerating Brain Circulation,” an explanation should be given of how these funds were fully utilised and whether remarkable progress will be expected in terms of research achievements and strengthening of networks.



Contact

For application enquiries and submissions, please contact:

Overseas Training Programme Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Kojimachi Business Center Building, 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0083 JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)3-3263-1942
E-mail: zunoukoubo[at]jsps.go.jp




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