JSPS Bottom-up International Joint Research Program
―Newly Initiated Program for Supporting International Joint Research―
Advancing scientific research is essential to creating and configuring superb human knowledge. Over recent years, networks have been forged among researchers. High expectation is placed on
their utilization in advancing important international joint research collaborations. This is accompanied by a growing imperative to support multilateral researcher-driven initiatives.
JSPS-NSF International Joint Research Program
This program started with an agreement concluded between JSPS and the National Science Foundation in the US. The JSPS-NSF program seeks, via simultaneous support by the two funding agencies, to pioneer new frontiers in the field of chemistry and achieve a high level of synergy, amidst which young researchers will be fostered and researchers networked.
The Heads of Research Councils of G8 Countries (G8-HORCs) was established in 1979 based on a proposal by Prof. Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, then president of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Japan joined the group from its sixth meeting in 1987. The meeting is held in a different member country every year. The 2008 G8-HORCs meeting was held in Kyoto, Japan, on 17-18 May. These meetings assemble the heads of leading research-funding institutions in the eight member countries of Japan, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Russia. The meeting’s closed, informal format allows a candid exchange of views among the members on global issues related to S&T policy and collaboration. To assure a high degree of freedom in these G8-HORC discussions, their contents are not publicly disclosed.