About The Program


ACT-I aims to promote ICT area research toward the strategic objectives that is likely to generate new values necessary for scientific and technological innovations. In ACT-I, under the management of a Research Supervisor, find out and foster ICT young researchers who will come up with originative ideas to resolve present or future issues which people are facing and will face, and support to establish individuality of researchers.


Research Area

JST selects research areas within the framework of the strategic sectors established by MEXT.

Research Supervisor

Research Supervisors are responsible for the research area and play a key role in promoting research.

Research Type

Individual researcher conducts the research to realize the research concept. Researcher can employ research assistant for a certain period. Research assistant: (hourly-paid) supports the individual researcher through general research  assistance such as preparing for experiments and cleaning up  the data.

Research Period

In principle, the research period should be 1 year and 6 months or less (1 year and 4 months or less for FY2016).

Research Expenditure

Research budget: 3 million yen as standard (Max. 5 million yen) *In Acceleration Phase, support up to 10 million yen per year for up to 2 years.

Research Site

In principle, researchers should use the existing research site. By concluding research agreements, researchers can conduct the research at the institute they belong to.


This solicitation for ACT-I is limited to people who are under the age of 35 on April 1 in the year of application. Researcher selected for this program will be “Affiliated with the institution expected to undertake contract research”, “Exclusive Appointment”, or “Students in graduate program”.

Research Agreement

JST concludes commissioned or joint research agreement with the research institute where the researcher conducts the research.

Research Area Meetings

JST holds closed research area meetings conducted by the Supervisors twice a year to discuss the research plan, to report the progress or to promote communication among researches in the research area.

Presentation and Evaluation of Research Result

Researchers are actively encouraged to present research results both within and outside Japan. When the research is complete, an ex post facto evaluation is made and, as the need arises, a follow-up survey is conducted.

Research Area Meeting

JST holds research meetings sponsored by the Supervisor twice a year to discuss the research plan, to report the progress or to promote communication among researches in the research area. These research meetings help researchers to build wide personal networks across the organization and position.

Commencement of Research

From Public Invitation of Research Proposals

to Commencement of Research
>>Detail information about how to make research proposals is on the website here.

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