Research Aid Planning Division, Research Aid Division I, Research Aid Division II,
Research Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN More
Outline of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research <KAKENHI>
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research are competitive funds that are intended to significantly develop all scientific research (research based on the free ideas of the researcher), from basic to applied research in all fields, ranging from the humanities and the social sciences to the natural sciences. The grants provide financial support for creative and pioneering research projects that will become the foundation of social development. The research projects are selected using a peer-review screening process (screening by multiple researchers whose field of specialization is close to that of the applicant).
Research results obtained under these Grants-in-Aid are widely published in academic journals.
From FY1999, some functions of the Grants-in-Aid program were transferred to JSPS from Monbusho (now Monbu Kagakusho [Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)]).
This Handbook has been prepared primarily for researchers who are using Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) or who are planning to apply for these grants. It provides a simple description of the basic contents of the grant program.
From January 2009, this corner is provided as one of the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) Program's PR initiatives. It posts essays by researchers who are or have conducted research using KAKENHI, in which they express their views and wishes regarding the program. Each month, one researcher will be asked to write an essay for this corner.
This “Results generated through the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Program” section was set up in December 2011 as part of PR initiatives for the program. The new PR section mainly introduces research results such as those produced through the involvement of many researchers and outcomes that have become notable, owing to long-term efforts by researchers.
We have published the booklet that introduces grant-supported projects newly selected in FY 2014, particularly relatively large-scale, highly appraised projects funded under the categories “Specially Promoted Research” and “Scientific Research (S)” and projects under “Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a Proposed Research Area)” aimed at pioneering new scientific frontiers by groups of researchers. (For detailed information of these categories, click "Types of Grants Programs".) It is hoped that this booklet will help to enhance understanding of research activities in universities and other research institutions in Japan.