Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in collaboration with Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).
Please note that the following information on applying for SATREPS is targeted for researchers who belong to Japanese research institutions/universities in Japan. Researchers in other countries should consult their national government agency responsible for ODA technical cooperation, the Embassy of Japan, or JICA offices in their resident countries.
【2023/8/22 Change】Application Period updated.
1. FY2024 SATREPS – Invitation for Research Proposals –About Selection Process
Application Period for Research Proposals：
From August 22nd, 2023 (Tues) to October 23rd, 2023 (Mon) at 12:00 noon (Japan Time).
＊The application period has been moved forward by two weeks.
- Research Fields and Areas：
Environment and Energy / Bioresources / Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
- Research Period：
3 to 5 years
- JST/JICA Funding：
Approx. 100 million yen per project per year
JST (Contract research expenses, including indirect costs):Approx. 35 million yen per year (Max. 175 million yen over 5 years)
JICA (ODA project expenses under the technical cooperation framework):Approx. 60 million yen per year (Max. 300 million yen over 5 years)
Up to FY2015, the SATREPS Invitation for Research Proposals included the Infectious Diseases Control field. From FY2016, projects in this field are handled by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). Please visitAMED website (Japanese)for details regarding the invitation for research proposals in the Infectious Diseases Control field.
The above information refers to last year’s application process, and may change in future.
The SATREPS program is linked with Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects. The research institute in the partner country must submit an official ODA request to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) via the partner country’s ministry or agency responsible for ODA and the local Japanese embassy. Receipt of ODA requests is due to start from Late June, 2023. The submission deadline is earlier than the Japanese application deadline, and this year it is on Friday, October 13, 2023.The partner country’s ministry or agency will require some time for administrative procedures, but the ODA request must reach the MOFA by the deadline irrespective of circumstances in the partner country. The internal deadline used by the partner country’s ministry or agency will vary in different countries, but is normally earlier than October 13. Please ask the researchers in the partner country to check at an early stage with the partner country’s ministry or agency what application procedures* are required in the partner country and how much time this will take. If the partner country’s government does not submit an ODA request, the research proposal will be considered incomplete and will not be selected.
※Generally, the counterpart research institute prepares the official request for ODA technical cooperation, and then, after receiving approval from relevant ministries and agencies, submits the request to the local Japanese embassy via the local ministry or agency responsible for ODA. The embassy then submits the request to MOFA.
- This invitation for research proposals is for proposals that will be implemented under the government’s FY2024 budget, but submitted and selected before the budget is finalized. Moreover, the SATREPS program is linked with the official development assistance (ODA) program, and requires time for coordination with institutions in the counterpart country. For these reasons, in order to start the research projects as soon as possible, the process needs to start before the budget is approved. In consequence, when the budget is finally approved, details and amounts may change, which could potentially affect the fields of research, contract research expenses, and number of projects selected. Additional documentation may also be requested following budget approval.
2. Download the Application Guidelines
Documents relating to the FY2024 application process will be available in the near future.