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Invitation for Research Proposals

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in collaboration with Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).

Please note that the following information on applying for SATREPS is targeted for researchers who belong to Japanese research institutions/universities in Japan. Researchers in other countries should consult their national government agency responsible for ODA technical cooperation, the Embassy of Japan, or JICA offices in their resident countries.

FY2015 SATREPS - Invitation for Research Proposals -

Oct. 21, New:As for the application for the field of the Infectious Diseases Control, please click here

The application for FY2015 Research Proposals (excluding Infectious Diseases Control field) has been closed. A “Declaration of Research Integrity” form or a certificate confirming completion of a training program in research ethics should be submitted by Nov. 27.

The interview schedule is as below:

Research FieldsInterview Dates
Environment/Energy
"Research contributing to the resolution of global-scale environmental issues"
March 13th (Fri), 2015
Environment/Energy
"Research contributing to advanced energy systems for low carbon society"
March 27th (Fri), 2015
Bioresources
"Research contributing to sustainable utilization of bioresources"
March 19th (Thu), 2015
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
"Research on disaster prevention and mitigation measures attuned to the needs of developing countries"
March 5th (Thu), 2015

The interviewees will be notified at least two weeks prior to the interview day.

Based on the needs of developing countries, JST and JICA cooperate to promote international joint research targeting global issues*1 with an objective of future utilization of research outcomes*2. Implemented through collaboration with Official Development Assistance (ODA), the aim of the program is to acquire new knowledge and technology that lead to the resolution of global issues and the advance of science and technology, and through this process, to create innovations. International joint research under this program also aims to enhance the research and development capabilities of developing countries, and helps create sustainable research systems able to address and resolve issues.

*1 Global issues: Issues that are difficult to resolve by a single country or region acting on its own and that need to be handled by the international community as a whole.
*2 Utilization of research outcomes: The research projects should lead to future social and economic benefits, achieved by using newly obtained technology and knowledge to enhance government services or to develop products that can be deployed in the market.

Proposals for FY2015 are invited in the following research areas; Environment/Energy (2 areas), Bioresources (1 area), Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (1 area).

The Infectious Diseases Control field included up to FY2014 is currently under review due to the launch of AMED - the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development - in FY2015. When a decision is made, details will be posted on the SATREPS website. Note that any ODA applications in the Infectious Diseases Control field made to the Japanese government by partner countries are subject to the same deadline as applications in the other fields.

Important Notes

This invitation for research proposals is for proposals that will be implemented under the government's FY2015 budget, but submitted and selected before the budget is finalized. Moreover, the SATREPS program is linked with the official development assistance (ODA) program, and requires time for coordination with institutions in the counterpart country. For these reasons, in order to start the research projects as soon as possible, the process needs to start before the budget is approved. In consequence, when the budget is finally approved, details and amounts may change, which could potentially affect the fields of research, contract research expenses, and number of projects selected. It may also be necessary to request additional documentation following budget approval.

About Application

  1. Application Period for Research Proposals

    From September 11th, 2014 (Thurs) to October 27th, 2014 (Mon) at 12:00 noon (Japan Time)

  2. How to apply

    FY2015 Research Proposals must be submitted via e-Rad, the Cross-ministerial R&D Management System. To use e-Rad, researchers who are affiliated with a research institution need to check that their institution has been registered on e-Rad, and that the researcher's information has also been registered on e-Rad by the institution's administrative contact. Researchers who are not affiliated with a research institution need to register their researcher information on e-Rad in advance.
    Using the Electronic system (e-Rad)

  3. Submission of request for ODA technical cooperation

    The SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) program is linked with ODA projects. In addition to submitting a research proposal to JST, it is necessary to liaise sufficiently with the researchers in the other country on the details of the joint research, and is also necessary that the counterpart research institute submits an official request for ODA technical cooperation to MOFA via the ministry or agency in the recipient country responsible for ODA and the local Japanese embassy. The deadline for submitting the official request for ODA technical cooperation is also 12:00 noon (Japan time) on Monday October 27, 2014.
    The internal deadline used by the counterpart ministry or agency is normally set earlier than the submission deadline, so please take that into account when liaising with the counterpart research institute. If the counterpart government does not request a technical cooperation project, a research proposal submitted in Japan will be considered incomplete and not selected.

  4. Research Areas and Fields
    Research Fields *1 Cooperation request from developing country Research Period Project Size
    Environment/Energy
    "Research contributing to the resolution of global-scale environmental issues"
    Compulsory 3 to 5 years
    (after provisional period*2)
    Approx. 100 million yen per project per year
    Funding split:
    JST: Approx. 36 million yen
    JICA: Max. 60 million yen
    Environment/Energy
    "Research contributing to advanced energy systems for low carbon society"
    Bioresources
    "Research contributing to sustainable utilization of bioresources"
    Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
    "Research on disaster prevention and mitigation measures attuned to the needs of developing countries"

    *1
    ·The Infectious Diseases Control field included up to FY2014 is currently under review due to the launch of AMED - the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development - in FY2015. When a decision is made, details will be posted on the SATREPS website. Note that any ODA applications in the Infectious Diseases Control field made to the Japanese government by partner countries are subject to the same deadline as applications in the other fields.
    ·In response to growing need for urban solutions to addressing the urban planning and social infrastructure issues that arise as developing countries undergo rapid urbanization, the research areas have been expanded to include urban-research topics.
    ·When submitting a research proposal for a project involving interdisciplinary research that merges or extends over multiple fields or areas, select the area that is the closest match. Note that, after examining the content of the proposal, the project may be selected for a different area from that applied for.
    *2 The provisional period is the period before the R/D and MOU are signed and the project officially starts.

Download the Application Guidelines

This Application Guideline is prepared for researchers who belong to Japanese research institutions/universities in Japan. Researchers in other countries should consult their national government agency responsible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) technical cooperation, the Embassy of Japan, or JICA offices in their resident countries.

Application Guidelines and Templates Download
Application Guidelines (PDF)
Provisional Translation
Application Guidelines (PDF) PDF
Form 1 - 10 (in Word format) Form 1 - 10 (in Word format) (Word) Word
Target Outcomes Sheet Target Outcomes Sheet (PPT) PPT
Declaration of Research Integrity Declaration of Research Integrity (Word) Word

Others

For the general SATREPS Q&A, please click here