AJ-CORE (Africa-Japan Collaborative Research) 4th Joint Call

(Last update: June, 2024)

Research Field

Environmental Science

Application Deadline

Friday 30th August, 14:00(Japan time)

Participating countries and organizations

Participating countries are Japan, South Africa and Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) African countries (Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Sierra Leone).
Organizations described below have declared their funding to the 4th call.

Participating countries

Japan Japan Science and Technology Agency: JST
South Africa National Research Foundation: NRF
Botswana Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology: MCKT
Côte d'Ivoire Fonds pour la Science, la Technologie et l'Innovation: FONSTI
Ethiopia Ministry of Innovation and Technology: MinT
Kenya National Research Fund: NRF
Mozambique Fundo Nacional de Investigação: FNI
Tanzania Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology: COSTECH

Details of Support

Research networking and exchange projects selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of 3 years totaling no more than 18,200,000 JPY including direct and indirect costs. Full details of support can be found in the Japanese guidance information below and in the Call Document.
It is expected that about 5 projects will be funded.

Application Procedure

  • The Japanese-based Principal Investigator will have to register their application information, legal compliance checklist and compliance agreement on the Cross Ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad).
  • The South African-based Principal Investigator will have to register their application information to NRF.

Please note that proposals received by the NRF and not submitted to JST through e-Rad (and vice versa) will automatically be considered ineligible.

Application Form (Japanese side)

Document / FormLinks
Call for proposals framework PDF
Joint proposal form WORD
Supplemental application form & Legal compliance checklist (in Japanese) WORD
Application guideline (in Japanese) PDF
e-Rad manual (in Japanese) PDF


  • Compliance agreement documents require the stamp of the institution's top person. In the case of a university or college the top person is the president, not the dean.
  • If applicants do not submit required documents to both JST and NRF by the deadline, the proposal shall not be accepted and not be brought to the evaluation process.
  • If you have not registered information related to research integrity with e-Rad after the e-Rad upgrade on March 15, 2022, please make sure to register the information. This is not required if you have already registered.
  • When research institutions are national or municipal organizations, such 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.


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Department of International Affairs
Mr. ASANO Masato, Mr. MASUZAWA Tsuyoshi, Ms. SHIRAISHI Junko
Email: jointza(at)jst.go.jp (replace (at) with @)
Tel.: +81-3-5214-7375; Fax.: +81-3-5214-7379
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