ASPIRE 2024 Joint Call "Japan-Germany Quantum Technologies"

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ASPIRE 2024 Joint Call "Japan-Germany Quantum Technologies"

16 April 2024

ASPIRE 2024 Joint Call for Proposals “Japan-Germany Quantum Technologies”

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), are jointly accepting proposals for research projects in the field of “Quantum Technologies”.

This call will be on quantum technologies for ultrafast and massively parallel information processing, quantum communications, improved quantum measurement technology, and cutting edge quantum sensors and materials. The joint call aims to support internationally competitive collaborative research projects in Quantum Technologies, create sustainable international networks among leading researchers in the field, and to nurture future research leaders.

Proposals submitted to JST and DFG will be jointly evaluated, and adopted projects will be jointly supported: Japan based research teams will be supported by JST; German based research teams will be supported by DFG.

Link to Japanese page

Research Field and Scope


Research related to quantum computers and quantum technology in general, including on quantum materials with innovative functionality, which contributes to the realization of a productivity revolution.
Examples: Quantum technology contributing to ultra-high-speed parallel information processing, quantum communication, higher-performing measurement technology, higher-performance materials, etc.

An informational online session about the call for Japan based applicants will be held at the following date and time:

Date and Time: 26 April, 2024, 16:00-17:30 JST
Format: Zoom *Pre-registration is required.
*This information session has ended.

Program (tentative):
1. Opening and ASPIRE PD/PO introduction
2. Overview of the JST-DFG joint call
3. Call scope and evaluation perspectives
4. Q&A session

Scale of Support

JST will fund Japan based researchers up to 380 million JPY per project (up to 500 million JPY including 30% overhead expenses), from the start of the project to the end of March 2030.

DFG will fund German based researchers up to 1.650,000 € per project, plus 22 % of indirect costs.

Around two projects will be funded under this call.


  • Japan based researchers should be conducting research at a research institution (university, independent administrative institution, public experimental research institution, public-interest corporation, or company) within Japan.
    Please note that multiple applications to JST ASPIRE 2024 Call for Proposals and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) ASPIRE 2024 Call for Proposals will not be accepted.
  • German based researchers should follow DFG regulations. Please refer to "Individual Research Grants" of DFG website for further details.
  • Each project proposal must have at least two eligible research teams: one team (at least) in Japan and one team (at least) in Germany.


The schedule for the submission and review of the research proposals for this joint call is as indicated in the table below. Interviews will be held for those applicants who pass the document review. Applicants who proceed to the interview stage will be notified of the date and time on an individual basis.

Please note that the schedule (except the application deadline) is subject to change.

Application via the e-Rad system deadline 26 June 2024 (17:00 JST/17:00 CEST)
Document review June to July 2024
Interviews for Japan based PIs who pass the document review** middle September 2024
Notification of results November to December 2024
Start of research February 2025

*Applicants will be notified by email at least two weeks before the interview date.

Proposal Submission

Please read the Call Text and Application Guidelines「公募要領別紙」carefully before applying.

  • The Japan and the German team will need to submit their applications by parallel submission, using the designated application form (Japan-Germany Quantum Technologies_form.docx) to draft a joint proposal in English and submit it to the application websites of their respective countries.
  • Each research team in each country shall be led by a PI who is also responsible for submitting the required consortium application documents to JST/DFG.
  • The PI in Japan and Germany should ensure that there are no differences in the content of the proposals submitted in the designated application form to Japan and Germany.
  • If applicants do not submit the required documents to both JST and DFG by the deadline, the proposal shall not be accepted.

Application Form

Call Text PDF
Application Form Word
Application Guidelines「公募要領別紙」(In Japanese) PDF
e-Rad Manual PDF


  • The Japan based PI must have completed the designated online research ethics course prior to application. Please refer to the Application Guidelines for details on enrollment in the research ethics education program. Failure to complete the program will result in the proposal being rejected as incomplete.
  • If the research institutions are a national or municipal organizations, the institutions concluding research contracts are obliged to implement necessary budgetary measures before entering research contracts for which they are responsible. Please confirm with your institution and contact JST before submitting your proposal.

Prior Notice (recommended)

We advise the PI based in Japan to send a prior notice to JST regarding the proposal to be submitted by Friday, June 14, 2024, using the template below:

  • To: aspire-de(at) (replace (at) with @)
  • Subject (in Japanese):「事前連絡_(機関名)_(氏名)」
  • Body text:
    1. Research Project Title (Tentative)
    2. Japan-based Principal Investigator / Institution and Department Name
    3. Germany-based Principal Investigator / Institution and Department Name

Inquiries for Japan based Applicants

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Department of International Affairs

ASPIRE Coordination Group

aspire-de(at) (replace (at) with @)