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UKRI-JSPS call 2018

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 28 June 2018 - 14 August 2018


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are pleased to invite applications to the first UKRI-JSPS joint call.

This initiative will provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects between UK and Japanese researchers which contribute to advancing impacts for the benefit of both countries. UKRI and JSPS are keen to support collaboration between leading researchers and teams in areas of mutual strength and shared-interest.


We invite proposals that address the following topics:

  • Life sciences - including areas of common strength between the UK and Japan, such as cell biology, systems biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine/biology
  • Environmental sciences - including areas such as resilience to environmental shocks and change.


UKRI has allocated £5 million and JSPS has allocated 300,000,000 JPY (approximately £2 million) to this activity; we expect to fund around 10 research projects through this joint call.

The UKRI component of this call will be funded through the Fund for International Collaboration (FIC) and the JSPS component of this call will receive financial support from within the framework of its International Joint Research Programme.

Please note that proposals will be funded under this call subject to funding being secured from the Fund for International Collaboration.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

Intention to submit

In order to identify and convene assessment panels in advance, it is strongly encouraged that researchers indicate their intention to submit a proposal. In order to do this, applicants should respond to the questions on SmartSurvey, see: SmartSurvey: UKRI-JSPS Joint Call 2018 Intention to Submit. Please note the intention to submit will close on 24 July 2018, 16:00.

Submitting your proposal

Please note this call opens on Je-S for submission of full applications on 10 July 2018.

Researchers will be responsible for developing their own collaborations. Applications must be submitted by the UK Principal Investigator on behalf of the UK-Japan research partnership via the Je-S online application system. The application must be jointly prepared and submitted in English; a Japanese translation is not required. Please see application guidance for further information.

The full deadline is 14 August 2018, 16:00. Any proposal received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.


Stage Date
Intention for submit opens 25 June 2018
Call opens on Je-S for submission of full applications 10 July 2018
Intention to submit deadline 24 July 2018, 16:00
Full application deadline
Japanese PIs register via JSPS online application system
14 August 2018, 16:00
Peer review August-October 2018
Principle Investigator response w/c 29 October 2018
Joint UKRI-JSPS panel meeting w/c 3 December 2018
Successful projects announced January 201
All successful projects to start 14 February 2019

*Please note that all dates are subject to change by UKRI/JSPS.

Je-S system queries

For queries using Je-S, the helpdesk can be contacted Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00 and Fridays 08:30-16:30 UK time (excluding bank holidays and other holidays) by email: or tel: 01793 444164 (out of hours please leave a voicemail message).

Please provide:

  • Your name, organisation and user ID
  • Date and time
  • Which part of the form or system you were working on
  • The nature of the problem.

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