Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Outline of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research <KAKENHI>

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research are competitive research 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)]).
■How to apply

■KAKENHI pamphlet

■Handbook for Researchers
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.

■Types of Grants Programs


■Peer Review Process

■Award Trends

■Research Results Database & Archives

■Abstracts of Large-scale Research Projects
We have published abstracts of the Large-scale Research Projects newly adopted under the research categories “Specially Promoted Research”, “Scientific Research (S)”, and “Transformative Research Areas (A/B)”. It is hoped that this information will help to enhance the understanding of research activities being carried out at universities and other research institutes in Japan.
*Please refer to "Types of Grants Programs" for the purposes and description of each research category.

■Introduction of Multi-year Fund