In order to raise the level of scientific research in Japan to the world's highest standard, it is important to recognize and support young researchers with rich creativity and superlative research ability at an early stage in their careers. To sustain the zeal of such researchers while offering them support in advancing their work, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science established the JSPS Prize in FY2004.
- Applicable Fields
All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
They must have published papers or articles in scientific journals and other publications in Japan and/or abroad, and obtained excellent scientific research achievements. As of 1 April 2018, they must be
|| Under 45 years of age
||Have obtained a doctorate degree (or possess an equivalent level of scientific research expertise)
||Must have Japanese citizenship, or be a foreign researcher who has conducted research at a Japanese research institution for five years or longer.
|| Presidents of Japanese universities and directors of Japanese research institutes and academic societies may nominate candidates for the JSPS Prize.
||Researchers in Japan, including who have Japanese nationality and live outside of Japan, with a record of superlative achievements may also nominate candidates.
- Selection Method
Selections are made by the JSPS Prize Selection Committee established within JSPS.
In making its selections, the Committee takes into consideration the results of a preliminary review of the nominees conducted by JSPS's Research Center for Science Systems.
Each fiscal year, approximately 25 researchers are awarded the JSPS Prize. Prize money is in the amount of ¥1.1 million.
Among the JSPS Prize recipients, the awardees of the Japan Academy Medal will be selected.
- State of FY2018 JSPS Prize Nominations
FY 2017 (note 1)
|Total (note 2)
||Nominations are valid for two years. The previous year's nominees, excluding recipients and those now 45 years old and over as of 1 April, are reviewed along with the new nominees.
||Number of nominations, excluding duplications.
||The numbers in parentheses are last year's figures, provided for comparison.
- List of JSPS Prize Selection Committee Members（FY2018）
|Director-General of Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
||Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
||President, Toyota Technological Institute
||President, Jichi Medical University
||Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
||President, Osaka University
||Professor, Reseach Institute for Bioresources and Biotechnology, Ishikawa Prefectural University
||Advisor to the Chair and the President, Tokyo University of Science
||President, Ochanomizu University
||Honorary Fellow, Professor Emeritus, Waseda University
||Director-General, Distinguished Professor, The Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study
||Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sugiyama Jogakuen
||Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo