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 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