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UKRI - JSPS joint call 2018 (JRPs Lead with UKRI)

02 July 2018


UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are pleased to invite applications to the first UKRI-JSPS joint call. Deadline for Expression of Interests/ Full applications: mid July to mid August 2018 This initiative will 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. The UKRI has allocated £5 million and JSPS has allocated 300,000,000 yen (approximately £2 million) to this activity to support 10 bilateral projects in total. Successful projects should start from 14th February 2019. The UKRI component of this call will be funded through the Fund for International Collaboration and the JSPS component of this call will receive financial support from within the framework of its International Joint Research Programme.

The UK group should apply in accordance with the application guidelines set by either the BBRSC, MRC or NERC with proposals that address one of the following topics:

  • Life Sciences – including areas of common strength between the UK and Japan, such as cell biology, systems biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine/biology.
  • Environmental Sciences - including areas such as resilience to environmental shocks and change.

Researchers are responsible for developing their own collaborations. Applications must be submitted by the UK Principal Investigator on behalf of the UK-Japan research partnership via the Je-S online application system ( The application must be jointly prepared and submitted in English; a Japanese translation is not required. More information about the respective application process of each of the research councils involved including deadlines, coverage, length and level of funding for each project can be found from the following links:




If you have any questions or would like further information about the overall structure of the call, please email UKRI: