The FY2021 JSPS Research Fellowship for Japanese Biomedical and Behavioral Researchers at NIH (“KAITOKU-NIH”)
The FY2021 JSPS Research Fellowship for Japanese Biomedical and Behavioral Researchers at NIH (“KAITOKU-NIH”)
◆ Scope and Purpose of the Program
This program is offered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), in cooperation with the NIH’s Fogarty International Center (FIC), and the NIH Office of Intramural Research. It is designed to support meritorious biomedical and behavioral research projects undertaken in NIH laboratories by young Japanese postdoctoral researchers who intend to hold research positions at Japanese universities or other academic institutions or public institutions in Japan in the future.
◆ Terms and Conditions
1. Number of Fellowships awarded annually
Approximately 10 Fellowships, but possibly fewer depending on application quality and funding availability.
2. Duration and commencement of Fellowship
Duration: 2 years
Fellowships must begin ON either January 1, February 1, or March 1, 2022.
3. Financial terms of the Fellowship
JSPS will provide each Fellow with a monthly stipend of ￥379,000 to be directly deposited into a designated bank account in Japan or the US. JSPS and NIH agreed that the Fellows are designated as a Supplemental Visiting Fellow and each sponsoring NIH institute or center (IC) must provide each Fellow with supplemental funding. The IC also provides health insurance coverage for each Fellow and eligible accompanied family members.
4. JSPS stipulations for eligibility
If any information in an application is found to be falsified, plagiarized or otherwise flawed, the application will be rejected. After selection, fellows should observe the following points and will be expected to observe the regulations and procedure.
Failure to do so may result in the termination of the fellowship, and return of any already-paid. For details, fellows are requested to read carefully and observe each item in a program guidelines “日本学術振興会海外特別研究員（NIH）の事務手続の手引,” which is to be provided to fellows.
- Fellows must devote themselves exclusively to their research at NIH during the tenure of their fellowship. Fellows may, however, suspend their fellowships for the purpose of childbearing, infant nursing or illness with doctor’s order.
- Fellows must prepare an annual report on their research progress. One in Japanese and English is to be submitted to the JSPS Washington Office, one in English to the Fogarty International Center.
- Fellows may not receive other fellowships, a salary or wages during the period of their tenures in principle. (With the exception of researchers working full time or part-time at a Japanese research institution.)
- Other than a research position at a university, an inter-university research institute, a national laboratory or an independent administrative institution, a special public corporation, an authorized corporation, a non-profit organization, or a prefectural research institution in Japan, applicants must not have employment commitments outside of the fellowship program, including part-time work.
- Fellows may not matriculate a university or graduate school as a student during the period of their tenure.
- Fellows shall not commit inappropriate behavior, such as fabrication, falsification or plagiarizing, in connection with their research activities including their oral presentations and any materials submitted for publication. Fellows are requested to complete a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education designated by the JSPS prior to starting the fellowship. A pledge which states that the fellow has completed a RCR education and will not get involved in misconduct to be submitted to the JSPS.
- Fellows shall use research funds appropriately based on NIH’s and JSPS’s rules and procedures.
6. Deadlines and selection procedures
8. Application format and what to submit
Please submit the following application package electronically to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application package must adhere to “JSPS “KAITOKU-NIH” Application Guide“.
- FORM A (English version: MS-Word “doc” Format)
- FORM B (Japanese version: MS-Word “doc” Format)
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- Letter of Invitation: Submit only one letter of invitation from your NIH host researcher. The letter must include the following:
- Describe the goal of the lab and how the Japanese scientist’s qualifications enable him/her to work in the lab/branch.
- Describe the applicant’s research project from your perspective as sponsor and how this training will be mutually beneficial to the Japanese scientist and NIH.
- Statement of commitment to provide all of the following compensation and benefits:
- Designation of Supplemental Visiting Fellow (Individuals who receive this fellowship must be designated as Supplemental Visiting Fellow and cannot be Guest Researcher or Special Volunteer.)
- Appropriate stipend amount per NIH stipend tables (In addition to the JSPS stipend the awardee receives, the NIH IC host lab must provide supplemental funding to meet the NIH stipend tables).
- Health insurance premium for fellow and eligible dependents (spouse, and children under age 21)
- Lab space, equipment and resources to conduct research
*Since FY2017, the NIH IC obligation to support an unsuccessful JSPS applicant has been eliminated. The invitation to work in your lab can be contingent on receiving the award.
- Digital copy of certificate of PhD degree: Scanned document must be in the form of the certificate of the diploma with the original seal and signature from the university issuing the doctoral degree. It must be attached to the application form. This document does not need to be translated into English.
- 5-page Biosketch: Submit the 5-page Biosketch (Curriculum Vitae) of your NIH host researcher. The Biosketch may not exceed 5 pages.
9. Review Criteria
- Quality and feasibility of the proposed research project.
- Applicant’s past scientific record.
- Suitability of the sponsoring laboratory.
- Evidence that the applicant is prepared to do the proposed research.
- Fellows must cooperate in follow-up surveys conducted by the JSPS at the end of their fellowship and up to 10 years after the end of the fellowship. The follow-up surveys help us promote scientific research in Japan and improve the fellowship. Please note that cooperating in the follow-up surveys is one of conditions of the fellowship.
- In order to conduct follow-up surveys smoothly, former fellows who ended the fellowship within 10 years must keep the JSPS informed of any change of affiliation or address.
10. Handling of personal information
With regard to personal information contained in application materials, it shall be strictly controlled in accordance with the “Law to Protect Personal Information Held by Independent Administrative Institutions” and JSPS’s own regulations for protecting personal information. JSPS will use such information exclusively for implementing its programs. (This may involve the provision of personal information to external companies commissioned to electronically process and manage program-related data.)
If selected for a fellowship, fellows should note that their name, title, affiliated organization and country; research theme, host institution, host researcher’s name and title; and research reports may be given public access. Fellows are also asked to participate in surveys aimed at improving JSPS programs.
11. Duty to cooperate in follow-up surveys
12. For further information please contact
Mili Ferreira, MPH, Program Specialist
Office: NIH Campus Building 31, Room B2C31 (teleworking as of March 2021)
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
A list of current KAITOKU-NIH fellows (As of April 1st 2021)
|Fellow Name||Project Title||Host Institute|
|SATO Ryo||Elucidation of the characteristics and functional roles of a novel cell population with neuronal properties in lung fibrogenesis||NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|
|TAGAWA Takanobu||Functional research of circular RNAs during oncogenic herpesvirus infection||NIH, National Cancer Institute|
|KUDO Kei||Novel strategy for preventing ovarian cancer recurrence using combined inhibition of cancer stem cells-associated metabolic profile||NIH, National Cancer Institute|
|ICHISE Hiroshi||Elucidation of the immunopathology of COVID-19/ARDS||NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases|
|TSUJI Naoko||Development of mitochondrial ROS and cell-free mitochondrial DNA as drug (BAM15)-companion biomarker paris for sepsi induced acute kidney injury||NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases|
|YAMADA Yurika||This study aims to visualize the structure of the core FA complex talin-vinculin-actin complex by electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM) to elucidate how their activations are regulated by conformational changes to a molecular level, and further to understand the structural basis of the large FA network formation and maturation||NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|
|NISHI Masahiro||Mechanistic insights into anthracycline cardiomyopathy using p53 mouse models and their clinical translation||NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|
|OBASHI Kazuki||Nanoscale analysis of molecular architecture of clathrin-mediated endocytosis||NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|
|OKANO Tsubasa||Understanding the logic of super-enhancer driven gene regulation||NIH, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases|
|KEGAWA Yuto||Electrophysiological investigation of rhoptry secretion dependent parasite invasion in Toxoplasma gondii||NIH, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development|
|YAMASAKI Tomohiro||Validation of malignmant progression mechanism utilizing organelle-specific analysis of lipids in IDH mutant glioma||NIH, National Cancer Institute|
|KOUI Yuta||Imaging sensory activity to address functional requirements of neuro-vascular wiring||NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|
|IHARA Fumiaki||Integrating functional genomics and GWAS to identify parasite genes that subvert host immune signaling in asian strains of toxoplasma gondii||NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases|
|SHIBATA Hirofumi||Evaluation of ILC populations in activated PI3 Kinase delta syndrome||NIH, National Human Genome Research Institute|
|SUZAWA Masataka||Dissection of post-transcription gene regulatory networks controlled by germline-specific RNA binding proteins in spermatogonial stem cells||NIH, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases|
|HIKICHI Yuta||Mutations in the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein contribute to HIV drug resistance||NIH, National Cancer Institute|
|KAWAI (TOKUMATSU) Mayu||Elucidation of the epigenomic changes associated with leukemia development driven by CBF beta-SMMHC in inv(16) CBF-AML||NIH, National Human Genome Research Institute|
|KOMORI Taishi||Determining the function of Type VI collagen in dental and craniofacial tissue||NIH, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research|