Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


International Research Cooperation Division Ⅱ, International Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Kojimachi Business Center Building, 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

JSPS International Joint Research Program
TEL +81-3-3263-1918/1724
FAX +81-3-3234-3700
MAIL bottom-up*jsps.go.jp
Note: Please replace*with @.

JSPS-NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

PIRE Program(NSF )

JSPS-NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): How to apply

Application Procedure

This program has a two-step screening process.
(1) ‘Preliminary Proposals’: Preliminary screening process is conducted only on the NSF side, so Japanese Principle Investigators (PIs) need not submit a ‘Preliminary Proposal’ to JSPS.

Japanese researchers who wish to apply for this program are to contact their counterpart US researchers to make sure that they submit a ‘Preliminary proposals’ to NSF.

For further details, Click here (NSF)

NSF will inform the US PIs of the preliminary screening results around February 2017. JSPS will contact only the Japanese PIs whose proposals are successful.

(2) ‘Full Proposals’: Japanese PIs whose counterpart US PIs’ preliminary proposals have been accepted by NSF should submit their full proposals to JSPS. Please follow the instruction below.

Although application forms for full proposals differ in format between NSF and JSPS, the contents of the two proposals submitted to NSF and JSPS by a research group should be the same. If the contents of the two proposals are found to be different, screening or selection of the project may be cancelled.


14 September 2016 Closing for accepting preliminary proposals (only on NSF side) 
Around February 2017 Notify preliminary screening results
3 April 2017 Start accepting full proposals
24 April 2017 Deadline for full proposals
Around August 2017 Notify screening results
From August 2017 to March 2018 Start project

*JSPS receives applications via its on-line application system. For details, please refer to the following webpage: (only in Japanese)

Application guidelines/forms


FY2017 Call for Proposals PDF
Application form
(Only in Japanese)

*Supplementary document:
Japanese PIs are to submit the following supplementary document to JSPS:
- A full version of the American PI's application (full proposal) to NSF

Selection Procedure

At JSPS, the screening process is conducted in two stages: A document review by referees and a panel review that decides which proposals to refer to NSF. JSPS and NSF then make the final selection jointly.