International Policy Planning Division, International Program Department
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Kojimachi Business Center Building, 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

JSPS International Joint Research Program

(IMPORTANT NOTICE) The ICC program submission deadline for Full Proposals to JSPS will be extended to December 2, 2013 due to government shutdown in the US.

International Joint Research Program

ICC Program (NSF)

JSPS-NSF International Collaborations in Chemistry (ICC): How to apply

Application Procedure

This program has a two-step screening process.
(1) 'Preliminary Proposals': Preliminary screening process is conducted only on the NSF side, so Japanese Principle Investigators (PIs) need not submit a 'Preliminary Proposal' to JSPS.

Japanese researchers who wish to apply for this program are to contact their counterpart American researchers to make sure that they submit preliminary proposals to NSF.

For further details, Click here (NSF)

NSF will inform the American PIs of the preliminary screening results around early December. JSPS will contact only the Japanese PIs whose proposals are successful. Only the proposals that pass NSF's preliminary screening may apply to both JSPS and NSF as Full Proposals.

(2) 'Full Proposals': Japanese PIs whose counterpart US PIs' preliminary proposals have been accepted by NSF should submit their full proposals to JSPS.

Although application forms for full proposals differ in format between NSF and JSPS, the contents of the two proposals submitted to NSF and JSPS by a research group should be the same. If the contents of the two proposals are found to be different, screening or selection of the project may be cancelled.

JSPS and NSF will inform the Japanese/American PIs respectively of the full screening results.


9 Sep 2013 Closing for accepting preliminary proposals (only on NSF side)
After the middle of Sep 2013 Notify preliminary screening results
18 Oct 2013 Start accepting full proposals
12 Nov 2013
2 Dec 2013
Stop accepting full proposals
After April 2014 Notify screening results
Sep 2014 Start project (tentative)

*JSPS receives applications via its on-line application system. For details, please refer to the following webpage: (only in Japanese)

Application guidelines/forms


FY2014 Call for Proposals PDF
Application form(Japanese only) WOR

*Supplementary document:
Japanese PIs are to submit the following supplementary document to JSPS:
- A full version of the American PI's application (full proposal) to NSF

Selection Procedure

At JSPS, the screening process is conducted in two stages: A document review by referees and a panel review that decides which proposals to refer to NSF. JSPS and NSF then make the final selection jointly.