Funding Opportunities

Multilateral Research Funding

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 (Japanese) (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 (English) (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


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)

2017 Beginning of July: Call release Wed, 6 September- Wed, 4 October: Application period

2018 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: List of Awarded Projects


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.

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 (Japanese)

Full details of the programme can be found in Japanese using the following link. :