Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) COVID-19 Research in Non-Medical Sciences Call for Proposals

(Last update: January 8, 2021)

History of Updates

Updated January 8, 2021:

  • Links to information about NSF/UKRI/ANR-supported research projects were added.

Updated December 24, 2020:

  • Link to information about NRC-supported research projects was added.

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is accepting proposals for bilateral collaborative research projects under the theme of COVID-19 Research in Non-Medical Sciences between Japan and the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.


Research Field

"COVID-19 Research in Non-Medical Sciences"

Participating Countries and Organizations

United States of America NSF: National Science Foundation (NSF-supported projects) ※1
United Kingdom UKRI: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI-supported projects) (Search)
France ANR: Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR-supported projects) (Search)
Canada NRC: National Research Council Canada (NRC-supported projects) ※2

※2 Contact: NRC Japan Office(

Details of Support

Research projects selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of approximately 11 months totaling no more than 7,800,000 JPY including direct and indirect costs. Examples of direct costs include research materials, personnel costs, travel costs and events.JST will support up to 10 projects in this call.

Application Deadline

Monday, February 1, 2021, 17:00 (Japan time)

Application Procedure

Proposals should be prepared jointly by the Japan-based and foreign-based Principal Investigators and must be submitted by the Japan-based Principal Investigator to the e-Rad platform (, including the application forms, legal compliance checklist and compliance agreement.


  • The compliance agreement requires the seal of the institutional representative. In the case of a university or college, the institutional representative is normally the president, not the dean or head of department.
  • Research institutions which are national, prefectural or municipal organizations are obliged to implement necessary budgetary measures before entering into research contracts for which they are responsible. Please confirm this with your institution and contact JST before submitting the application.

The call text and application forms can be downloaded below.

Document / FormLinks
Call Text PDF
Application Form and Legal Compliance Checklist (in Japanese)(申請様式) Word
LOI (Letter of Intent) Sample Word
Supplemental Information (in Japanese)(日本側応募者への応募にあたっての注意事項) PDF


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