Overview of SICORP

Background and Objectives

Based on interministerial agreements on science and technology cooperation, JST have been executing the international joint research program called SICORP since FY2009, together with leading countries and regions and in research fields that have been strategically prioritized by MEXT.

The aim of this program is to contribute solutions to challenges facing world today and to bolster Japan's scientific and technological capabilities through collaboration with a broad range of countries.

JST liaises with funding agencies in counterpart countries and regions, and on an equal partnership basis selects research projects supported by both countries. JST provides large-scale funding to Japanese researchers though SICORP and counterpart researchers are to obtain project funding approximately equivalent to SICORP from funding agencies in their respective countries.

General Description

1) Research fund for joint research projects (selected through open call for proposals)

  • Financial support of about JPY 6 - 100 million is granted on Japanese side per project per year, for 3 - 5 years. (The amount and period of support are determined flexibly through coordination with a counterpart country.)
  • Financial support includes costs for (1) goods, (2) personnel, (3) dispatch and invitation of researchers, (4) workshops, and other costs necessary to execute projects.

2) Joint implementation with funding agencies in counterpart countries

  • Under the guidance of Program Director (PD) and Program Officer (PO), JST implements joint call and joint review of international joint research projects in coordination with the counterpart funding agency (FA).
  • Counterpart research groups will be funded by FA of their own country at equivalent level as JST does for research groups of Japan side.

Structure of SICORP


Introduction of Program


Bilateral collaboration

Accelerate scientific and technological development through international collaboration

  • ■Research period : 3 - 5 years
  • ■Funding : ¥5 - 100 million per project per year to the Japanese side FY2009 -

Active international collaboration is key to the excellence of mutual scientific and technological endeavors. Aiming at further development of science and technology, JST is enhancing active international research collaborations through solid partnerships with counterpart countries. SICORP is the equal partnership program which provides research funding to projects selected through an open joint call and joint selection procedure.
JST's operation of SICORP is implemented under the supervision of a Program Director (PD) and Program Officer (PO).

Multilateral collaboration


Solving common problems in the Asia region through equal partnership

  • ■Research period : 3 years
  • ■Funding : ¥6 - 13 million per project per year to the Japanese side FY2012 -

This program supports international collaborative research focusing in the Asia region, aiming to strengthen science and technology development while facilitating research networks by working towards solutions to common regional problems.


Aim to further develop science and technology cooperation between Europe and Japan

  • ■Research period : 3 years
  • ■Funding : ¥6 million per project per year to the Japanese side FY2014 -

CONCERT-Japan began as a project platform for international research cooperation activities under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). After the conclusion of its FP7 iteration in December 2014, its activities continued under the new European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan name, with 13 science, technology and innovation (STI) funding agencies from 11 European countries and Japan as of 2019 partnering to further research collaboration and exchange.
Through S&T policy knowledge sharing, research exchange, network building and joint funding calls, the program supports Japanese-European research collaboration in a variety of fields.

Belmont Forum

A high level group meeting of the worldwide organizations involved in funding global environmental change research

  • ■Research period : 1 - 5 years
  • ■Funding : ¥3 - 10 million per project per year to the Japanese side FY2012 -

Addressing the need to fund research on global climate change, government bodies/funding institutions and organisations around the world are participating in this international program (16 countries and 20 insititutions as of 2017). Through partnership with Future Earth, a environmental research program with aims to deliver a global sustainable society, the Belmont Forum supports actions towards the SDGs and other international collaborative research. Its joint multilateral calls are held in various areas through the cooperation of three or more countries

Collaboration Hubs for International Research Program (CHIRP)

Measuring the spreadof local societal outcomes from the formation of international partnership based on hubs

  • ■Research period : 5 years
  • Funding : ¥5 - 100 million per project per year to the Japanese side FY2015 -

This program supports long-term (up to 10 years) cross-funding of science and technology Japan's identifiable support. Bringing about outcomes and achievements of future international research exchange. Through the creation of international joint research hubs in important S&T diplomacy countries and regions for, Japan in order to solve global and common-regional problems through the expanding networks, personnel exchange, innovation and implementation for future societies.


Putting to use the lessons learned from urgent research and investigation of large-scale disasters towards restoration and future disasters

  • ■Research period : 6 months - 1 years
  • ■Funding : ¥several million per project per year to the Japanese side FY2011 -

J-RAPID acts as a bridge to primary research investigation through the flexible support of urgently required actions for data collection and problem-solving in the wake of disasters and unexpected events. It's features include: 1) Rapid program deployment enabling the commencement of early research investigation; 2) Program adminstration through cooperation with disaster-affected national government organisations; 3) Research investigation by a collaborative team including local as well as international researchers.
The result is not only contribution to academia but also direct influence on restoration of the affected region, with the additional goal to advance disaster resilience in many other countries including Japan.