University-Industry Cooperation and Research Program Division,
Research Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS)
7F, Kojimachi Business Center, 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

Cabinet Office
Bureau of Science,Technology and Innovation Policy,Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan
3-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8970 Japan


Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative  R&D on Science and Technology(FIRST Program)

Using the Japanese government’s FY2009 supplemental budget, a “Leading-edge Research Promotion Fund” of ¥150 billion was established in November 2009 within the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for the purpose of advancing cutting-edge research projects in a strategic and comprehensive manner. ¥100 billion of this Fund has been dedicated to the “Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST Program).” The other ¥50 billion is used to implement the “Funding Program for Next-Generation World-Leading Researchers.”

The aim of the FIRST Program is to advance the kind of leading-edge research and development that will strengthen Japan’s international competitiveness while contributing to society and people’s welfare through the application of its results.

Program planning and core-researcher/research-project selection is carried out by the Council for Science and Technology Policy in the Cabinet Office, under which the FIRST Steering Committee and FIRST Working Group perform the preliminary selections.

JSPS manages and operates the Fund for financing the FIRST Program and executes the program after the funded R&D projects have been selected.

* FIRST is the acronym for Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology.

What's New

Twitter gadget added.
FIRST Reinforcement page added.
English webpage set up for FIRST Program