Call for Research Proposals for the Strategic Basic Research Programs (CREST, PRESTO, ACT-X) in 2020 is now closed. Thank you for submitting proposals.

Schedule<1st Term>:FY2020 Existing Research Areas

  • Application deadlines:
  • PRESTO/ACT-X: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Japan time
    CREST: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Japan time
  • Notification of document screening results:
  • Early in August - Late in August
  • Interview period: Middle of August - Early in September
  • Research start: November, 2020 or After

Schedule<2nd Term>:FY2020 New Research Areas

  • Application deadlines:
  • CREST/PRESTO/ACT-X : Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Japan time
  • Notification of document screening results:
  • Late in September - Early in October
  • Interview period: Late in September - Middle of October
  • Research start: December, 2020 or After
What’s new
  • 2020.6.23

    Call for Research Proposals for the Strategic Basic Research Programs (CREST, PRESTO, ACT-X) in 2020 is now closed. Thank you for submitting proposals.

  • 2020.5.20

    "Schedule<1st Term>" is updated.
    ※Following schedule is provisional and subject to change without notice.

    Schedule<1st Term>: FY2020 Existing Research Areas
    Notification of document screening results: Early August - Late August
    Interview period: Middle August - Early September
    Research start: November, 2020 or After

  • 2020.5.20

    【Notice about signature of ACT-X memorandum of confirmation】

    Please refer to "INFO" about signature of the applicant and the academic supervisor on memorandum of confirmation concerning application to the ACT-X (for student applicant, and non-student applicant who does not have the authority to execute contract research funds).

  • 2020.5.1"Q&A" is updated.
  • 2020.4.21

    【Extension of Application Deadline】
    Considering the serious situation of COVID-19, the application deadline and screening schedules<1st Term> for FY2020 will be extended as below.
    For the 2nd Term Call (FY2020 New Research Areas) and AMED's "Advanced Research and Development Program for Medical Innovation with the Strategic Basic Research Programs (AMED-CREST, PRIME)", please notice that these schedule will NOT be changed.
    ※Following schedule is provisional and subject to change without notice.

    Schedule<1st Term>: FY2020 Existing Research Areas
    Application deadlines:
    CREST: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Japan time
    PRESTO/ACT-X: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Japan time
    Notification of document screening results: Late in August - Early in October
    Interview period: Middle of September - Middle of October
    Research start: December, 2020 or After

    For your information, please note that because the AMED Advanced Research & Development Programs for Medical Innovation programs are funded by grants, R&D starting in October 1, 2020 will be given priority and the deadline for solicitations will not be extended.
    Although there is a slight disparity in the deadlines, with regard to the restrictions on overlapping with the JST Strategic Basic Research Programs will be conducted in line with the notification already provided.
    For further information, please refer to "News / Calls for Proposals" at AMED websites with the following URL: https://www.amed.go.jp/koubo/04/02/0402B_00039.html

  • 2020.4.14Released a CREST, PRESTO and ACT-X call for Research Proposals<2nd Term> for FY2020
  • 2020.3.24Released a CREST, PRESTO and ACT-X call for Research Proposals<1st Term> for FY2020
  • 2020.2.18Released Previous notice of Fiscal Year 2020 Call for Research Proposals for the Strategic Basic Research Programs.
  • 2020.2.7Invitation for Japanese-French joint research proposals for two CREST Research Areas
  • 2019.11.30Pre-announcement: Call for CREST, Japan(JST) - France(ANR) joint Research Proposals FY2020.

Educational Programs on Research Integrity

The research project applicant must complete the educational program for research integrity as a prerequisite for application. Note that if completion of the program cannot be confirmed, the application will be disqualified for failing to meet the requirements.
Please refer to here for further information.
Reference: JST Research Integrity

How to apply

e-rad

Please submit your Research Proposal via e-Rad. No proposal for which the application procedure has not been completed via e-Rad by the deadline is subject to examination for any reason.
Since e-Rad system has not fully supported the application in English, it is recommended that Japanese associates apply on behalf of those who are not used to handling paperwork in Japanese.

If there is any contradiction between what the English language version of this website says and Japanese language version says, then the Japanese language version shall take precedence.