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 are awarded to promote creative and pioneering research across a wide spectrum of scientific fields, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences. Grants are awarded to projects organized by individual researchers or research groups at Japanese universities or research institutes engaged in basic research, particularly research in critical fields attuned to advanced research trends.
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 conner.
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 2012, 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.