Funding Opportunities

Funding for overseas researchers to conduct research in Japan

Bilateral Program Core-to-Core Program BRIDGE Fellowship Program

Funding for researchers in Japan/Japanese Institutions to conduct research in Japan

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI)

Bilateral Program

The call for applications for FY2021 has opened! For information about the application, visit here.


JSPS promotes international scientific exchanges between Japan and counterpart countries in accordance with agreements or memoranda of understanding concluded with academies, research councils and other science-promotion organizations in those countries. Programs with such partner agencies mainly take the form of joint research projects, joint seminars and researcher exchanges.

This program is implemented in two types: Type A. Bilateral Joint Projects/Seminars with JSPS’s Counterpart Institutions; and Type B. Open Partnership Joint Projects/Seminars.

The counterpart institution in the Nordic and Baltic countries:

Academy of Finland (AF)

Research Council of Lithuania (RCL)

The counterpart institutions in other countries:

Please refer to here:


(Type A) Up to three years

(Type B) Joint Projects: Up to two years/ Joint Seminars: Up to one week

Core-to-Core Program

The call for applications for FY2020 has been closed. For information about the previous application, visit here.


This program aims to create world-class research hubs and foster young researchers through networking to advance multilateral collaboration in cutting-edge fields of science among the most advanced research institutions in Japan and other countries. This program is implemented in two types: Type A. Advanced Research Networks; and Type B. Asia-Africa Science Platforms.

What we offer:


-International travel expenses

-Domestic travel expenses

-Cost of consumables



Grants-in-Aid for
Scientific Research (KAKENHI)

The call for applications for FY2020 has been closed. Fore information on the previous application, visit here.


Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research are competitive funds that are intended to significantly develop all scientific research (research based on the free ideas of the researcher), from basic to applied research in all fields, ranging from the humanities and the social sciences to the natural sciences. The grants provide financial support for creative and pioneering research projects that will become the foundation of social development. The research projects are selected using a peer-review screening process.

As part of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, there is a fund called “Home-Returning Researcher Development Research” for the Japanese researcher with a current affiliation abroad who is to be newly appointed at a university or research institution in Japan.

For information about eligibility, application, grants programs, budget, peer review process, and award trends, please visit here:

For information about Home-Returning Researcher Development Research, please visit here:

World Premier International
Research Center Initiative (WPI)


This program was launched in 2007 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in a drive to build within Japan “globally visible” research centers that boast a very high research standard and outstanding research environment, to sufficiently attract and prompt frontline researchers from around the world to want to work in Japan. These centers are given a high degree of autonomy, allowing these research institutions to revolutionize conventional modes of research operation and administration in Japan. JSPS is commissioned by MEXT to conduct the program’s grant selection and project assessment processes and to perform support functions aimed at maximizing the WPI Program's achievements.

BRIDGE Fellowship Program

Call for applications for FY2020 has closed. Please wait for next call.


This program provides former JSPS fellows with an opportunity to revisit their past host institutions in Japan, or to go to Japan to plan or implement joint research projects and seminars, to offer training or lectures for young researchers, or to prepare or attend scientific conferences and research meetings.


To be eligible, a researcher must meet all of the following requirements:

1) Be a researcher who is employed as an active researcher working at a university or a research institute.

2) Be a researcher who has experienced research in Japan under a JSPS program and is currently a board member or a regular member of either JSPS Alumni Club in Sweden (SAC), Finland (ACF), Denmark (ACD) or Norway (ACN).

3) Agreement by the host researcher to all seven items of support stipulated in Form B.

*Researchers who have already been supported under the BRIDGE Fellowship Program within the last 5 years (FY2015-FY2019) are ineligible for this award.


1) A period of 14 to 30 consecutive days.

2) Revisits are to start from July 1st, 2020 through March 31st, 2021.

How to apply:

Step 1: Read the documents and learn about the program Read the application guidelines and other call documents carefully and learn more about the program.

Step 2: Find your host researcher Contact a host institution and gather all the details you need for the application.

Step 3:Submit the application You should submit the application documents by the deadline.

Step 4: Reviewing The alumni club and JSPS Stockholm Office will evaluate all the application documents.

Evaluation process:

Each Alumni Club and JSPS Stockholm Office will conduct a screening. The Alumni Club and JSPS Stockholm Office will avoid conflicts of interest to ensure that reviews are conducted fairly and objectively. The screening policies are as follows:

1) The visit is expected to advance research and/or contribute to creating, sustaining and/or strengthening scientific networks between Sweden/Finland/Denmark/Norway and Japan.

2) Good pre-visit communication between applicant and proposed host researcher and a concrete activity plan established between them.

3) In addition to the host institution, visits will be made to a few other institutions for the purpose of engaging in discussions, giving lectures, or conducting other activities. Education-oriented activities may be included such as exchanging views with young Japanese researchers.

4) As much as possible, no preference is to be given to the applicant’s age, specialty or hosting institution.