Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research

Types of Grants Programs

Various grant programs are provided based on the objective and nature of the research.Grant administration under these categories is currently divided between MEXT and JSPS. In the future, all administrative functions will be transferred to JSPS.

CategoriesObjective
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
  Specially Promoted Research Highly regarded research in the international arena that is likely to yield highly acclaimed research achievements and is done by one researcher or by a relatively small group of researchers.

(The period is three to five years. As a general indicator, the upper limit of the total budget provided is set around 500 million yen per research project. However, no upper and lower limits have been established.)
Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a proposed research area)

New research areas that will lead to the upgrading and enhancement of scientific research in Japan. The new research areas are proposed by one researcher or by a group of researchers, and will develop through the effort to cultivate collective research, research personnel, etc.

(The period is five years. In principle, the budget is set at around 10 million to 300 million yen per fiscal year per field.)
Scientific Research (S) Leading-edge research by a researcher or a small group of researchers
  • As a rule 5 years
  • 50-200 million yen per project
(A)
(B)
(C)
Creative and pioneering research by a researcher or a group of researchers
  • 3-5 years
  • [A] 20-50 million yen per project
  • [B] 5-20 million yen per project
  • [C] Up to 5 million yen per project
Challenging Exploratory Research Research at an early stage with highly challenging goals based on unique concepts
  • 1-3 years
  • Up to 5 million yen per project
Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (S) Research carried out by an individual researcher of up to age 42
  • 5 years
  • 30-100 million yen per project
(A)
(B)
Research carried out by an individual researcher of up to age 39
  • 2-4 years
  • [A] 5-30 million yen per project
  • [B] Up to 5 million yen per project
Research Activity Start-up Start-up research mainly conducted by a newly tenured researchers and restart research for researchers returning to the lab after taking maternity and/or infant-care leave
  • Up to 2 years
  • Up to 1.5 million yen per year
Encouragement of Scientists Research carried out by an employee of an educational or research institution or a corporation or any other individual
  • 1 year
  • Up to 1 million yen
Grant-in-Aid for Special Purposes Urgent and critical research subjects
Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results  
  Publication of Research Results Publishing scientific research results
Scientific Periodicals  Publication of International academic journals
Scientific Literature Books on research results
Databases Compiling and networking databases
Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows Research by JSPS pre-and postdoctoral fellows
(Japanese and overseas researchers)
  • Up to 3 years

Newly selected grants under the categories (i.e., Scientific Research (C), Challenging Exploratory Research, Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)) are covered under the multi-year Fund from FY 2011 (printed in blue).
New projects selected in or after FY 2012 under the grant categories Scientific Research (B) and Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A) with total funding of ¥5 million or less are now covered under the multi-year Fund (printed in red).