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Multilateral Research Funding

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 FY2022 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 FY2022
Number of Awards 1-2
Research Area Social Sciences
Duration of Project

2-3 years from the beginning of the starting date *Starting date should be between October 2023 to 1st December 2023. 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 three countries among France, Germany, Canada and UK are to apply together (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO; Netherlands) will not be participating in this call).
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 (ANR, France). With regard to the detail, please refer to JSPS Tokyo website and the ORA office (ANR) website, respectively.

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

Wednesday 17 November 2021 (for the Japanese side)
As for the closing date for Full Proposals of the European side, please contact the ORA office (ANR) 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 Japanese) English)

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 October 2022.



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 
For the European side, please also refer to the ORA office (ANR) and ESRC website:

G8 Research Councils Initiative

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.

The G8 Research Councils Initiative for 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 FY2023
(world wide)
About 9 projects
Duration of Project From April 2023 (for maximum of 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 Monday 5th September to Monday 3rd October 2022, 17:00 JST
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)



 List of Awarded Projects Involving the UK


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.)

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