Call for Research Applications Website: Selected proporsals for FY2020 call (in Japanese only) has been decided. 2nd February, 2021

Call for Proposals

Call for Research Applications for FY 2020

FOREST program invites applications for challenging and original research that requires long term endeavor without fear of failures, targeting research fields related to science and technology (excluding those related to the humanities alone) with the potential to create seeds that will lead to disruptive innovation.

The call for research applications will be conducted via the Cross-ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad). Those applications which have not completed the application process by the specified deadline will not be accepted for any reason.

Please note that, for the FY 2020 call, only one application will be accepted per applicant regardless of the affiliated institution at the time of the application. In addition, the program plans to hold three calls for research applications with this fiscal year being the first and subsequently in FY 2021 and 2022, and up to two applications can be made per applicant regardless of the affiliated institution at the time of the application.

For details, please read and understand the Application Guideline.

Selection Schedule for FY 2020

Call for research application start Monday, June 1st, 2020
Application deadline
(Deadline date and time for the submission of applications via the Cross-ministerial R&D Management System [e-Rad])
Friday, July 31, 2020
12:00 pm (noon)
<Strictly enforced>
Document screening period Early August to mid-November
Notification for interviewees Late November to early December
Interview screening period Early December to mid-January, 2021
Notification/Announcement of selected projects Sequential notification and announcement in late December and later
Research Start Sequential start after January, 2021

*The dates after the application deadline are tentative. They are subject to change in the future.

Documents for Application

Please download the following application forms and submit via e-Rad before the deadline. Applications that are only part finished or are submitted using the wrong application form will not be accepted.

Application Guideline 5MB
Application Forms/Guidance
(Updated on July 29)
Appendix: How to Apply Using the Common R&D Management System (e-Rad) (in Japanese) 0.8MB
Revision record of Documents for Application
(Updated on July 29)
Reference:Presentation material of the explanatory meeting
(Uploaded on July 6)


For inquiries related to call for applications of FOREST program, please contact to the following email address.
souhatsu-application (at)*