Information on Japan (JST) - US (NSF) Joint Research Commencing in FY2023

(Last Update : April 20, 2023)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF), in order to promote international research interaction and exchange among researchers in Japan and US, are jointly accepting proposals for Japanese-US collaborative research projects under the theme of Human-Centered Data for Disaster Resilience.

Link to Japanese page for this joint call

Field of Research

Human-Centered Data for Disaster Resilience Research

In recent years, technological advances in natural disaster modeling and simulation approaches have spurred innovation to the great benefit to the field of disaster mitigation. Increasingly, it has been recognized that at the core of disaster resilience is the human factor, including the way human behavior and decision-making influences disaster vulnerabilities, mitigation, and response in complex and sometimes adverse ways. Compounding factors, like climate change, infectious diseases, and war further add to this level of complexity in understanding disaster resilience.

In order to improve our understanding of these complexities in disaster resilience, this call for proposals invites proposals for Japan-U.S. collaborative research which center on human dimensions of disaster resilience, and which employ data and data-driven science to develop insights to improve disaster resilience. New measures or data, new combinations of data, and novel approaches to using data are all encouraged. Efforts to move beyond mainstream science and engineering approaches, including multidisciplinary and next-generation analysis, modeling and simulation are also encouraged. Projects that exploit unique synergies between Japanese and U.S. contexts are of particular interest.

In applying to this call, researchers are expected to demonstrate how they will employ interdisciplinary approaches, what kind of data will be used or created, the kind of research infrastructure that will be employed or developed as a part of their research project and how the work would help improve our two nation's ability to reduce disaster risk. This call encourages research which contributes to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Note on submissions:

Each proposal should describe the full scope of work by both the Japan and U.S. researchers and must be submitted simultaneously to JST (in Japanese) and to NSF (in English). The budget for the Japan side of the work will be submitted to JST only. The budget for the U.S. side of the work will be submitted to NSF only. Each proposal will be reviewed by both JST and NSF.

Japan-side applicants must submit an application to JST through the e-Rad system and U.S.-side applicants must submit an application to NSF through the system. Corresponding applications must be made to both JST and NSF.

Call Deadline

JST deadline: 17:00, Saturday, August 19, 2023 (Japan Standard Time, JST)
NSF deadline: Deadline varies by program, refer to NSF Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) for details.

Dear Colleague Letter(DCL)
Joint NSF-JST Proposals to Advance Human-Centered Data for Disaster Resilience Research (HCDDRR) (nsf23089) | NSF - National Science Foundation.

Details of Support

・ Estimated Support:Three (3) projects.
・ Level of Support
  JST and NSF will support the Japan-side and U.S.-side research teams respectively.
  The Japan-side of the team will be awarded a maximum of 75 million yen
  (including indirect expenses equivalent to 30% of direct expenses).
・ Period of Support
  Research is expected to be supported for a total of three (3) years starting from April 2024.
  The research period is expected to last until the end of March 2027 for JST-supported researchers.

Application preparation and submission

1. Application Documents

i. The Japan-side application should be prepared using the provided forms:
  A1) Japan-side Application Form (日本側申請提案様式)
  A2) Academic CVs of the Japan- and U.S.-side Principal Investigators (free format)
  a) Project Summary
  b) Project Description
  *The two above documents a) and b) should be identical to those submitted to NSF by the U.S.-side applicant.
  Any discrepancies in the documents may be disadvantageous in the evaluation process.

ii. The U.S.-side application should be prepared based on the forms as instructed by NSF for the relevant program.

2. Application Submission

i. Application documents by the Japan-based researcher should be submitted through the online e-Rad platform.
The e-Rad application should include documents listed in (1) Application Documents above.
e-Rad deadline: 17:00, Saturday, August 19, 2023 (Japan Standard Time, JST) (
Note 1: Applications which are not submitted before the above the deadline will not be considered.
Please note that NSF deadlines vary by program and may fall significantly earlier than the above JST deadline.
Applications should be submitted on both the JST and NSF side by whichever deadline is earlier.

ii. Applications documents by the U.S.-based researched should be submitted to the system
  The call text and application forms can be downloaded below.

Application Form (Japanese side)

Document / FormLinks
Japan-side Call Text PDF
Japan-side Application Form Word
Instructions and guidance for further Japanese application (in Japanese) PDF
e-Rad guidance (in Japanese) PDF


U.S. Cooperation Coordination Group
Department of International Affairs
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Email: jointus(at) (replace (at) with @)