Call for Proposals

Call for Research Applications for FY 2021

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 2021 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 every year from FY2020 to FY 2022 and this is the second call, 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 2021

Call for research application start Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Application deadline
(Deadline date and time for the submission of applications via the Cross-ministerial R&D Management System [e-Rad])
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
12:00 pm (noon)
<Strictly enforced>
Document screening period Early June to mid-September
Notification for interviewees Late August to early October
Interview screening period Early September to mid-November
Notification/Announcement of selected projects Sequential notification and announcement in late November and later
Research Start Sequential start after January, 2022

*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 0.9MB
Application Forms (Updated on April 27)/Guidance
(Updated on April 27)
FAQ (Uploaded on April 27) 31KB
Appendix: How to Apply Using the Common R&D Management System (e-Rad) (in Japanese)
(Updated on April 27)
Revision record of Documents for Application (Uploaded on April 27) 12KB
Reference:Presentation material of the explanatory meeting (Uploaded on May 10) 1MB

Interview schedule

Interviews for this fiscal year will be conducted online. The interview schedule for each panel is scheduled as follows. Eligible applicants will be contacted by JST via e-mail at least 10 days prior to the interview date. Please note that JST will appoint the specific date and time within the scheduled period.

  • PANEL headed by Professor ABE
    October 15, 16, 17
  • PANEL headed by Professor AMAGAI
    October 21, 22, 24, 26
  • PANEL headed by Doctor GODA
    October 31, November 1, 2
  • PANEL headed by Doctor HORI
    October 23, 24
  • PANEL headed by Professor IMURA
    October 8, 9, 10, 11
  • PANEL headed by Professor ISHIZUKA
    October 30, 31, November 1
  • PANEL headed by Professor ITAMI
    October 19, 20, 26, 28, 29
  • PANEL headed by Professor KAWAMURA
    October 23, 24, 25
  • PANEL headed by Professor KITAGAWA
    October 25, 27, 31, November 1, 2, 3
  • PANEL headed by Professor MIZUSHIMA
    October 4, 5, 6, 7
  • PANEL headed by Professor SHIOMI
    October 26, 27, 28, 29
  • PANEL headed by Professor TANAKA
    November 3, 4, 5, 6
  • PANEL headed by Professor YAGI
    October 26, 27, 28
  • PANEL headed by Professor YOSHIDA
    October 16, 17


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

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