During the period from FY1996 to FY2001, JSPS
distributed RFTF research grants to universities and other
research institutions using government funding; from FY2002,
it has been using subsidies from the Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Though the method
of grant distribution has been modified, JSPS continues
to perform research-evaluation and research-promotion functions
so as to assure the consistency and continuity of RFTF projects.