|Research categories||Purposes and description of each research category
|Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
||Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research
||Outstanding and distinctive research conducted by one or a relatively small number of researchers expected to achieve remarkably excellent research results that open up a new scientific field.
(The research period is 3 to 5 years (in a truly necessary case, period up to 7 years is acceptable.)
The budget ranges from 200 million to 500 million yen per project (only in a truly necessary case, budget exceeding 500 million yen is asked for).
|Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas
||(Research in a proposed research area)
This category is intended to foster novel research areas proposed by diverse groups of researchers that are expected to lead to development and heightening of Japan’s research level in the respective fields, to be conducted by collective research efforts through collaboration, scholarly training, shared use of equipment, etc.
(The period is 5 years. The budget range is generally set between 10 million to 300 million yen per fiscal year per proposed area.)
|Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
||Creative/pioneering research conducted by one or a relatively small number of researchers (The period is five years. The budget ranges from 50 to 200 million yen per project.)
|Creative/pioneering research conducted by one researcher or jointly by multiple researchers (The period is three to five years.)
(A) 3 to 5 years 20 million to 50 million yen
(B) 3 to 5 years 5 million to 20 million yen
(C) 3 to 5 years 5 million yen or less
*Classification of (A)/(B)/(C) is according to the budget range.
|Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research
||[No new proposals have been called since FY2016.]
Early-stage research conducted by one or multiple researchers which, based on a unique idea, sets a high and challenging goal (The period is one to three years. The budget is up to 5 million yen per project.)
|Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Pioneering/ Exploratory)
Research conducted by a single or multiple researchers that aims at radically transforming the existing research framework and/or changing the research direction and has a potential of rapid development.
The scope of the (Exploratory) category encompasses research proposals that are highly exploratory and/or are in their budding stages.
The research period and total budget range are as follows;
(Pioneering) 3 to 6 years 5 million to 20 million yen
(Exploratory) 2 to 3 years 5 million yen or less
|Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists
|[No new proposals have been called since FY2017.]
(A), (B): Research conducted individually by a researcher of age 39 or younger.
The research period and total budget range are as follows;
(A) 2 to 4 years 5 million to 30 million yen
(B) 2 to 4 years 5 million yen or less
*Classification of (A)/(B) is according to the budget range.
|Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists
||Research conducted by an individual researcher (*) who is less than 8 years after Ph.D. acquisition. As an interim measures, a non-Ph.D. researcher who is 39 years old or younger can also apply.
(*)Individuals who are in the prospect of acquiring Ph.D. are also eligible. When counting the years after Ph.D. acquisition, the period of maternity leave and childcare leave can be excluded.
(The period is 2 to 4 years. The budget is up to 5 million yen per project.)
|Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up
||Researh conducted by a single researcher who has been freshly appointed to a research position, or who has returned from his/her maternity, childcare or other kinds of leave.
(The period is up to two years. The budget is up to 1.5 million per fiscal year.)
|Grant-in-Aid for Encouragement of Scientists
||Research conducted by an individual who is ineligible for application for other KAKENHI categories (e.g. Individuals who belong to educational or research institutions, private companies , etc. and engage in the researches to contribute to the promotion of the science).
(The period is 1 year. The budget range is between 100 thousand and 1 million yen per project.)
|Grant-in-Aid for Special Purposes
||Funding of research projects of pressing urgency and importance. (e.g. investigation of natural disaster)
|Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results
||Publication of Research Results
||Subsidy for publication and/or international dissemination of research achievements of high academic values executed by academic associations and other organizations.
|Enchancement of International Dissemination of Information
||Subsidy for efforts by academic societies and other scholarly organizations to strengthen international dissemination of academic information for the purpose of international academic exchange.
||Subsidy for academic publication of research results (books) authored by an individual or a group of researchers.
||Subsidy for creation and operation of a database open to public use, by an individual or a group of researchers.
|Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows
||Funding for research conducted by JSPS Fellows. (including Foreign JSPS Fellows) (The period is up to 3 years.)
|Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research
||Fostering Joint International Research
||(A) Support of joint international research project conducted by a KAKENHI grantee in collaboration with researcher(s) at foreign university or research institution. Over a period of 6 to 12 months. The grant seeks to markedly advance research plans for the root research project and to foster independent researchers who can be internationally competitive. (The budget is up to 12 million yen.) (*) The name is changed from FY2018 call for proposals.
(B) Support of joint international research project conducted by multiple domestic researchers and a researcher who belongs to overseas research institution. In addition to the development of scientific research , the grant seeks to build out infrastructure of joint international research or further strengthen joint international research and to foster researchers who can be internationally competitive. (The period is 3 to 6 years. The budget is up to 20 million yen.)
|International Activities Supporting Group
||Support of international activities within Scientific Research on Innovative Areas.
(Set period of the Area, up to 15 million yen per year)
* After FY2018 Call for Proposal, “International Activities Supporting Group” will be incorporated into “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Administrative Group”.
|Home-Returning Researcher Development Research
||Support of research to be conducted by a Japanese researcher with current affiliation abroad who is to be newly appointed at university or research institution in Japan.
(The period is up to3 years. The budget is to 50 million yen.)
|Generative Research Field for Scientific Research (B/C)
||This category set for “Scientific Research (B/C)” is open to research proposals for which screening within the conventional framework of research fields may be difficult and/or to applicants who prefer their proposals to be screened from a broader perspective relevant to the Generative Research Field. (The research period that can be applied for differs depending on the year of application.)
* After the call for proposals in FY2018, setting of a new field is suspended.
（FY2019 call for proposal is only for the 3 fields established in FY2017.)