The deadline of Call for Proposals was expired on 12 PM, 25th Oct 2023

Call for Proposals

Call for Research Applications for FY 2023

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.

[Important] About alternative application method for FOREST research proposals ,About e-Rad "Registration of Research Integrity(19th Oct 2023)

Please note that, for the FY 2023 call, only one application will be accepted per applicant regardless of the affiliated institution at the time of the application.

*In the FY2020-FY2022 Call for Proposals, the number of applications was limited to two out of three calls for proposals, but this limit will be eliminated from this year's Call for Proposals.

For details, please read and understand the Application Guideline.

Selection Schedule for FY 2023

Call for research application start Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Application deadline
(Deadline date and time for the submission of applications via the Cross-ministerial R&D Management System [e-Rad])
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
12:00 pm (noon)
<Strictly enforced>
Document screening period Late October 2023 - Late February 2024
Notification for interviewees Early February to late March 2024
Interview screening period Early March to early May 2024
Notification/Announcement of selected projects Notification and announcement to be made sequentially after mid-May 2024
Research Start Sequential start after October, 2024

*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
(Uploaded on September 11)
Application Forms/Guidance
(Uploaded on September 11)
FAQ (in Japanese) 0.4MB
Appendix: How to Apply Using the Common R&D Management System (e-Rad) (in Japanese)
Revision record of Documents for Application (Uploaded on October 19) 14KB

Message from Program Officer

Arita, Makoto  Baba, Hideo  Chung, Ung-il  Furuhara, Tadashi  Gong, Jian Ping  Goto, Masataka  Kato, Tadafumi  Kobayashi, Tadashi 
Okada, Mariko  Oki, Taikan  Saitou, Mitinori  Sakakibara, Hitoshi  Shiomi, Junichiro  Nagae, Tomofumi  Mori, Hatsumi 

Interview schedule

Interviews for this fiscal year will be conducted online. The interview schedule for each panel will be adjusted based on the following and may change in the future. Please note that the interview schedule is subject to change. JST will designate the date and time of the interveiw screening.

Program Officer Date
PANEL headed by Professor ARITA March 19, 21, 22, 23
PANEL headed by Professor BABA March 15, 17, 18, 21, 24
PANEL headed by Professor CHUNG March 7, 8, 9, 10
PANEL headed by Professor FURUHARA March 20, 26, 27, 30
PANEL headed by Professor GONG March 14, 15, 18, 19
PANEL headed by Professor GOTO March 20, 21, 22
PANEL headed by Professor KATO March 1, 2, 3, 14, 15, 20
PANEL headed by Professor MORI March 7, 8, 10, 11
PANEL headed by Professor NAGAE March 9, 11, 12
PANEL headed by Professor OKADA March 21, 24, 26, 28
PANEL headed by Professor OKI April 8, 9, 11
PANEL headed by Professor SAITOU March 7, 8, 9, 19
PANEL headed by Professor SAKAKIBARA March 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
PANEL headed by Professor SHIOMI Junichiro March 2, 3, 9, 11

Information Sessions on Call for Research Applications

We will be holding several Zoom-based webinar-style presentations on the Call for Research Applications (first 1,000 participants per session). Pre-registration is required for each session. Please register in advance for the date and time you wish to attend. The name and e-mail address entered at the time of registration for the recruitment information session will only be used to confirm your registration, and will not be used for any other purpose. In case of any problems, we will inform you and update the information on the top page of our website as needed.

Information Sessions on Call for Research Applications Date and Time

Date Time Pre-registration URL
Thursday, August 24 10:30~12:00 Closed
15:00~16:30 Closed
Wednesday, August 30 10:30~12:00 Closed
Wednesday, September 13 15:00~16:30 Closed
Tuesday, October 3 10:30~12:00 Closed


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

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