Application for the "Strategic Professional Development Program for Young Researchers"
(The MEXT's Grant-in-Aid Project for the Development of Human Resources in Science and Technology [FY 2021])

1. Application Outline

- Number of Programs to be Selected: 1
- Support Amount: Up to 70 million yen
- Project Period: Maximum 10 years


The application period for FY 2021 has closed. (June 30, 2021 at noon)
The results of document screening for FY 2021 have notified to the organizations that proceed to interview screening. (July 30, 2021)

Start of Application Period April 30, 2021 (Fri)
Application Deadline June 30, 2021 (Wed) at noon
Document Screening July 2021  ※The results of document screening will be notified only to the organizations that proceed to interview screening by the end of July.
Interview Screening Mid-August to Mid-September 2021
Notification of Selection Results Late September 2021
Submission of Grant Application Forms Early October 2021
MEXT's Final Decision Mid-October 2021

3.Briefing Session

The briefing session was conducted online as follows. Participation in this session is optional.

Date Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 14:00–15:00 (Participants can check in the Zoom from 13:50.)
Venue Zoom Webinar (Participants can ask questions via the Zoom Q&A function.)
Application for Participation
  • Please apply using this form
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at noon
※There is no limit to the number of registered participants per institution.
※The presentation materials as well as the information to access the Zoom will be sent via email to participants by 16:00 the day before the session. If you do not receive it after that time, please contact JST mentioned below.
Material/Video Material(PDF:1.75MB) Video

(Japanese version only)

Please see the Q&A below for the answers to the questions we received at the briefing session.

4.Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines for FY 2021 (PDF:643KB)
Screening Guidelines for FY 2021 (PDF:230KB)
Application Form (Form 1–4) (Word:151KB)
Q&A (PDF:145KB)(Q&A at the briefing; Posted: May 26, 2021)
(PDF:190KB)(Program Q&A; Updated: May 31, 2021)

(Japanese version only)

5.Committee on the Development and Promotion of Researcher Development Program [FY 2021]

"The Committee on the Development and Promotion of Researcher Development Program" consisting of intellectuals conducts screening, and the MEXT makes final decision referring to the committee's screening results.

Notification of the selection results for FY 2021 was already made, and the list of the committee members can be released according to the Screening Guidelines. (October 11, 2021)

Committee Members


※Excluding weekends and holidays.
※Please contact via email except in urgent cases.
※It may take some time to respond to an inquiry.

The contact information for this program is as follows:

<General inquiries about the program>

Human Resources Policy Division
Science and Technology Policy Bureau
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8959 Japan
Tel: +81-3-6734-4051

<Inquiries about the submission of application documents>

Office of Developing Human Resources for R&D Programs
Japan Science and Technology Agency
Science Plaza, 5-3, Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666 Japan
Tel: +81-3-5214-8446