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Possible Supports for Japan-US Research Collaboration

Following information are only the programs featuring international collaboration between Japan and the U.S. and Canada. To see all the JSPS programs, please visit the website of JSPS headquarters.
And following deadlines are for the head of host/ nominating institution to submit application to JSPS Headquarters/ counterpart organization; the time frames for applicants (host researchers) to submit their applications are normally earlier.

1. Advancing International Joint Research

1-1. Bilateral Programs; B. Open Partnership Joint Projects/Seminars (二国間交流事業:共同研究・セミナー: B.オープンパートナーシップ枠)

Funding for joint research and seminars carried out between researchers from Japan and other countries.

From FY2020 call, JSPS launched a new scheme for proposals named “Open Partnership Joint Seminars (Interuniversity Cooperation).”

It is meant to strengthen bilateral research cooperation by supporting organizational initiatives carried out via university consortiums and other collaborations among institutions.

Joint Research Project Joint Seminar
Interuniversity Cooperation
Application period …Call for Program
Term Term Up to 2 years
*Start date must be during the period of 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 Up to 1 week
Term Up to 1 week
*Seminars must be held during the period of 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
Support Up to JPY 2M per fiscal year
(Up to JPY 4M in total)
Up to JPY 2M Up to JPY 3M

1-2. Bilateral Programs: Researcher Exchange Program (二国間交流事業:研究者交流(派遣・受入))

Support for Japanese/foreign researchers, who to visit and engage in research/discussions with colleagues in each other countries.
*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. However, there are cases when a researcher not employed in a full time position may be eligible.

Counterpart organization Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Application Period (for Japanese applicants wish to visit Canada) …Call for Program (English) / (Japanese)
Term 2 – 3 years
Support Up to 15 million per year

2. Supporting the Establishment of Research and Education Hubs

Core-to-Core Program: Advanced Research Networks (研究拠点形成事業: 先端拠点形成型)

Support for joint research, seminars and other activities carried out in collaboration with research institutions around the world for the purpose of building research-collaboration hubs of a high world standard in fields of special
importance .

Application Period Wednesday, September 4 to Tueday, October 1, 2019
(Please note that applicants’ affiliated institutions may set earlier deadlines.)
…Program Outline for FY2020
Term From April 2020 through March 2025(under the FY 2020 call)
Support (1)    JSPS provides Japanese core institutions with the following funding:
Up to JPY 18 million per year

(2)    JSPS covers the following major expenses of the Japanese core institutions:
ⅰ.International travel expenses
ⅱ.Domestic travel expenses
ⅲ.Cost of expendable supplies

3. Supporting International Exchange for Training Japanese Young Researchers

3-1. Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science (JAGFoS) Symposiums (日米先端科学(FoS)シンポジウム事業)

Support for young Japanese researchers to participate in FoS symposiums, where they lodge together and hold cross-disciplinary discussions on leading edge scientific topics with peers from counterpart countries.

US Counterpart organization National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Application Period March
*Please note that JAGFoS Symposium is held biennially and our call is for researchers affiliated with institutions in Japan.
Term 4 days
Support Roundtrip international airfare, domestic travel, food/lodging

3-2. Postdoctoral Fellowship for Reseasrch Abroad(海外特別研究員)

Fellowship for excellent young Japanese researchers to focus for a long period on their studies/research at overseas universities/ research institutions

3-3. Postdoctoral Fellowships for Japanese Biomedical and Behavioral Researchers at NIH (JSPS-NIH海外特別研究員)

Fellowship for excellent young Japanese researchers to focus for a long period on their studies/research at NIH

3-4.Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers (若手研究者海外挑戦プログラム)

This program gives doctoral students an opportunity to go overseas to challenge a new research environment, one in which they engage in joint research with researchers in other countries over a period of three months to one year. In this way, the program contributes to the fostering of young researchers who possess abundant international experience and can be expected to play leading roles in the wider scientific arena

Application Period …Program Outline for FY2020


Persons are eligible to apply who satisfy all the following requirements.
(1) As of 1 April, of the year of selection, be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Japanese university.
(2) At the time of both application and selection, be a citizen of Japan or have permanent residency status in Japan.
(3) However, persons are not eligible if at the time of application, they have already experienced a continuous 90-day stay overseas.

Simultaneous application may not be made for this program and a researcher exchange program under MoUs with Switzerland or India.

Term 3 months to 1 year from the date of dispatch
Scheduled Number of Participants About 140
Receiving Institutions


Excellent overseas universities and research institutions
(However, the overseas research institutes of Japanese universities or research institutions are not applicable, nor are for-profit private research institutes.)
Financial Support (1) Roundtrip international airfare to destination country (excluding domestic travel within Japan)
(2) Maintenance allowance: From JPY 1 million to JPY 1.4 million per dispatch (differing by country)
(3) Bench fees (Up to JPY 200 thousand)

4. Inviting Overseas Researchers to Japan

4-1. JSPS Summer Program:(JSPSサマープログラム)

Young pre- and postdoctoral researchers from the US, the UK, France, Germany and Canada are invited to Japan for two months during the summer to participate in joint research at Japanese host institutions.

4-2. Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers (外国人特別研究員(欧米短期・一般))

Fellowships to invite excellent overseas researchers to Japanese universities/institutes to conduct joint research under guidance of Japanese hosts.

4-3. Invitation Fellowships for Research in Japan (外国人招へい研究者(長期・短期・短期S))

Fellowships to invite excellent overseas researchers to Japan to do joint research, give lectures, hold discussions, etc.. ‘Short Term S’ is designed to invite researchers with distinguished records of achievement to Japan to offer expert guidance and advice.

4-4. BRIDGE Fellowship Program (外国人研究者再招へい事業)

Directed to the members of JSPS’s alumni community, this program provides opportunities for former JSPS fellows to revisit Japan for the purpose of creating, sustaining or strengthening collaborative relations with Japanese colleagues.

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