Information on Japan (JST) - US (NSF) Joint Research 2021

(Last update: August 4, 2021)

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Updated August 4, 2021:

  • Link to the researchers' list was added.

(Last update: July 29, 2021)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is accepting proposals for collaborative research projects under the theme of Resilience Research for Human-Centered Data in line with related items of the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction between Japan and the United States.

Link to Japanese page for this joint call

Research Field

Resilience Research for Human-Centered Data in line with related items of the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The following research subtopics are included:

  • Investment in Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Build Back Better

Details of Support

Research projects selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of approximately 1 year totaling no more than 10,000,000 JPY including direct and indirect costs. Examples of direct costs include research materials, personnel costs, travel costs and events.
Approximately 5 projects will be supported in this call.

Application Deadline

Monday, September 27, 2021, 12:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Eligibility conditions

(1) Japan-based researcher applicants must be affiliated with a university, research institute, company or equivalent in Japan.
 Additionally, US-based partner researchers must fulfill one out of the two conditions below:

 (i) The partner must already be receiving research funding by NSF.
 (ii) The partner must have applied for research funding from NSF and expect to receive a result prior to the end of October 2021.
  (In order to ensure a sufficient period of support, please consult with JST in advance if the result will be known by NSF in November or December 2021.)

(2) Points of caution

 - Japan-based researchers applying to this call should reach out to potential US-based partners in advance of submitting an application and confirm an intention to collaborate.
 - If the US-based partner research does not receive funding from NSF, the application will not be eligible for funding in this call.

>>Link to the researchers' list
 ※Researchers and topics supported by NSF are not limited to those listed.
 ※NSF support period may end before the JST planned support.
  Please contact the researcher for the status of no-cost-extension.

>Link to NSF supported projects

Application preparation and submission

  • Please read the Call Text to prepare the Application Form and Legal Compliance Checklist according to the instructions indicated in the Application Form.
  • Please include a LOI (Letter of Intent) from the proposed US-based partner researcher, indicating an intention to collaborate if the proposal is successful. LOI Sample is available to download.
  • Application documents should be submitted through the online e-Rad platform by the Japan-based researcher.

For detailed instructions, please refer to the e-Rad guidance (in Japanese).


Please note that the Confirmation Letter must be stamped by the institutional representative, which for a university normally is the president, not a dean or department head.

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
e-Rad guidance (in Japanese) PDF


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Department of International Affairs
Ms. TOYOFUKU Kaoru, Ms. SHIRAISHI Junko, Mr. Oscar A. Rudenstam
Phone: +81-3-5214-7375
Office hours: 10:00-12:00 / 13:00-17:00, except Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays
E-mail: jointus(at) (replace (at) with @).