Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Human Resource Development Program Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

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JSPS Prize


In Recognition and Support of Excellent Young Researchers

  1. Objective
  2. 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.

  3. Applicable Fields
  4. All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

  5. Qualifications
  6. 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 2022, they must be

    (1) Under 45 years of age(or under 47 years of age who have suspended their research activities due to childbirth and child raising over 3 months in total)
    (2) Have obtained a doctorate degree (or possess an equivalent level of scientific research expertise)
    (3) Must have Japanese citizenship, or be a foreign researcher who has conducted research at a Japanese research institution for five years or longer.

    For further details, please see the nomination guidelines for this prize.

  7. Nominators
  8. (1) Presidents of Japanese universities and directors of Japanese research institutes and academic societies may nominate candidates for the JSPS Prize.
    (2) Researchers in Japan, including who have Japanese nationality and live outside of Japan, with records of superlative achievements may also nominate candidates.

  9. Selection Method
  10. 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.

  11. Award
  12. Each fiscal year, up to 25 researchers are awarded the JSPS Prize. The Prize consists of a certificate of merit, a medal, and a purse of JPY 1.1 million.
    Among the JSPS Prize recipients, the awardees of the Japan Academy Medal will be selected.

  13. State of FY2022 JSPS Prize Nominations
  14. Nominations by
    Nominations by
    Subtotal(Note1) Candidates from
    FY2021 (Note 2)
    354 (318) 1 (5) 349 (317) 172 (163) 521 (480)

    *Figures in ( ) are the numbers from last year.

    Note 1: Number of nominations, excluding duplications.
    Note 2: Nominations are valid for two years. The previous year's nominees, excluding recipients, who meet the age requirement as of 1 April, are reviewed as the new nominees.
    List of JSPS Prize Selection Committee Members(FY2022)
    OSAWA Mari Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
    OSAKABE Nobuyuki Deputy General Manager, Business Strategy Planning Division, Connective Industries Division, Hitachi,Ltd.
    KITAMURA Takayuki Executive Vice-President, Kyoto University
    KOBAYASHI Makoto
    Honorary Professor Emeritus, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
    SHIONOYA Mitsuhiko Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo
    NAKA Makiko Executive Director, RIKEN
    NAGAI Ryozo President, Jichi Medical University
    NAGATA Shigekazu Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
    NISHIO Shojiro President, Osaka University
    NISHIZAWA Naoko President, Ishikawa Prefectural University
    MUROFUSHI Kimiko Professor Emeritus, Former President, - Ochanomizu University
    MORI Shigefumi Director-General, Distinguished Professor, The Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study
    YAMAUCHI Masayuki Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo