ASPIRE 2024 Call for Japan based researchers

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ASPIRE 2024 Call for Japan based researchers

(Last updated 11 Apr 2024)

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11 Apr 2024::

  • The interview schedule has been updated.

Application deadline

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 12:00PM JST

  • Webinar for Japan based applicants

  • Friday, March 22, 2024, 16:00-17:30 JST

    *This webinar session has ended.

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In ASPIRE, while supporting international joint research, we will promote the participation of Japan based researchers in top research circles and their efforts to play an active role on the world stage. Applicants for the call should take the lead in planning not only research activities, but also researcher exchange and human resource development activities that contribute to the objectives of the ASPIRE program.

Principal investigators who are eligible to apply for "ASPIRE for Top Scientists"

Researchers who already have an outstanding research record both domestically and internationally as top researchers in their field, who have received ample research funds from other contract research funds, etc., and who will lead international collaborative research that meets the objectives of the program.

Principal investigators who are eligible to apply for "ASPIRE for Rising Scientists"

Researchers who already have obtained the necessary funding and independent research environment for their research, and who are expected to become top researchers in the future.

In order to achieve the above objectives, ASPIRE has established certain criteria for the outgoing researchers, invited researchers, and the use of the budget. Please refer to the call text and project outline page.

About the call for Japan based researchers

ASPIRE aims to expand international networks on the basis of excellent international joint research and to promote international talent mobility and circulation by encouraging early-career researchers to travel between Japan and other countries. The following conditions apply:

Outgoing and invited researcher

The following points are requirements for each proposal.

  • Early-career researchers must travel to the partner country and conduct research activities there for about one year.
  • Researchers from the partner country must be invited and included in the Japan-side research team.

Use of the budget

At least 70% of the total direct expenses is expected to be used for the purpose of fostering early-career researchers who are expected to become the next generation of top researchers by building and expanding international networks that will lead to the advanced research and development, promoting researchers’ mobility between Japan and the partner countries, and providing them opportunities for top-level international research collaboration.

Research Fields

AI and Information, Biotechnology, Energy, Materials, Quantum, Semiconductors and Telecommunications

Please refer to the call text for details.


Application via the e-Rad system deadline May 9 (Thu), 2024 (noon)
Document review Late May to early August 2024
Interview for applicants who pass the document review
(some of those who pass the document review)
September 2024 (tentative)
Notification of results October 2024 (tentative)
Start of research December 2024 (tentative)

The interview schedule

  • Those who pass the document screening will be interviewed.
  • The schedule is as below:

We regret that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries during the review process.

AI and Information
: September 3rd, September 4th
: September 10th, September 11th, September 12th
: September 4th, September 5th
: September 4th, September 13th
: September 9th, September 10th
: September 2nd, September 3rd
: September 12th, September 13th

Application Form

ASPIRE for Top Scientists ASPIRE for Rising Scientists
Call text Download Download
Application Form Download Download
Application Guidelines
(in Japanese)
LOI (Letter of Intent) Sample Download
e-Rad Manual Download

Prior Notice (recommended)

In order for us to predict the total number of applications, we would appreciate applicants submitting prior information on their upcoming proposals through the following form by April,9, 2024.

In the submission form please enter the Japan based PI’s name, affiliation, position, e-mail address, application category, research field, and tentative proposal title.


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

ASPIRE Coordination Group Emails (replace (at) with @)

ASPIRE for Top Scientists: aspire(at)

ASPIRE for Rising Scientists: aspirers(at)