Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme

Research cooperation with Japan

Call for proposals with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2022)

For 2022, the SNSF and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are launching a joint call for proposals on the theme of “Designing Future Societies”. The call is aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and World Expo 2025 in Osaka, and is open to projects from all disciplines.

The SNSF will cover project costs in Switzerland, while JSPS will cover the costs in Japan. The project duration is three years. The maximum permissible budget for a three-year project is 250,000 Swiss francs for the Swiss part.

The available funds will enable funding of 10 projects.

Interested researchers are invited to submit their proposals to the SNSF by the submission deadline of 30 June 2022. Researchers in Japan must simultaneously register the basic project data with JSPS.

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    Research cooperation with Japan

    The Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme (SJSSTP) is aimed at researchers in Switzerland who wish to address specific research questions together with partners in Japan.

    The SNSF organises calls for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) with two research funding agencies in Japan, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). JRPs allow researchers in Switzerland to collaborate with a partner in Japan. On the Swiss side, the project grants cover similar costs as national SNSF projects (equipment, research funds and salaries). The Japanese funding agency covers the costs incurred by the Japanese partner.

    JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

    The second call with JSPS was open from 22 March to 13 June 2018. The subject area was limited to mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The evaluation was conducted by way of a two-stage process. The results of the first phase were communicated in September 2018. The deadline for the submission of full proposals was 28 November 2018. The results of the second phase were communicated in May 2019. Eight projects could be funded. The evaluation was carried out jointly by the SNSF and JSPS. The SNSF will bear the costs of 1.9 million Swiss francs for the Swiss part of the research, the JSPS will cover the costs in Japan.

    JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan (2022)

    For a number of years, the SNSF has acted as the nomination body for the Postdoctoral Fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Each year, the SNSF can propose two researchers to the JSPS.

    Researchers interested in the fellowships are invited to submit their applications by the deadline. The forms provided by the JSPS for this purpose must be used and the relevant conditions must be taken into consideration. The completed forms and all necessary enclosures must be sent both by post to the Interdisciplinary and International Co-operation division of the SNSF and by e-mail to international@snf.chExternal Link Icon as a scanned attachment.

    After evaluation by the SNSF, the JSPS will evaluate the applications nominated by the SNSF and inform the candidates about the funding decision by spring/summer. The selected researchers must commence their stays within the communicated timeframe.

    Information on running projects in the SNF database P3External Link Icon

    JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency)

    The call for proposals with JST was open from 15 August to 14 November 2017 and was limited to the following thematic area:

    Research on hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier

    The nine submitted applications were jointly evaluated by the SNSF and JST. Three applications were approved for funding. The SNSF covers the costs of CHF 750'000.- for the Swiss part of the research and JST covers the costs in Japan.

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    30 June 2022, 17h Swiss local time


    There is currently no new open call with JST.

  • Other funding options

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    ​Information on other funding options and on the cooperation with Japan are also available from the Leading House ETHZ.

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