Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme
Research cooperation with Japan
The Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme (SJSSTP) is aimed at researchers in Switzerland who wish to address specific research questions together with partners in Japan.
The SNSF organises calls for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) with two research funding agencies in Japan, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). JRPs allow researchers in Switzerland to collaborate with a partner in Japan. On the Swiss side, the project grants cover similar costs as national SNSF projects (equipment, research funds and salaries). The Japanese funding agency will cover the costs incurred by the Japanese partner.
Joint call with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
The SNSF and the JSPS, a partner organization in Japan, have selected eight research projects in a competitive procedure. The SNSF finances the Swiss part of the research with 1.9 million Swiss francs, the JSPS covers the costs incurred in Japan.
This is the second joint call for joint research projects. The two-stage evaluation process was carried out jointly by the SNSF and the JSPS. The submission deadline for the pre-proposals was 13 June 2018. 22 pre-proposals were approved for the second phase. The deadline for the submission of full proposals was 28 November 2018. In the joint evaluation meeting, eight projects were selected for funding.
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan
For a number of years, the SNSF has acted as the nomination body for the Postdoctoral Fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). In 2021, the SNSF can propose two researchers to the JSPS.
Researchers interested in the fellowships are invited to submit their applications by 17 February 2021. The forms provided by the JSPS for this purpose must be used and the relevant conditions must be taken into consideration. The completed forms and all necessary enclosures must be sent both by post to the Interdisciplinary and International Co-operation division of the SNSF and by e-mail to email@example.com as a scanned attachment.
After evaluation by the SNSF, the JSPS will evaluate the applications nominated by the SNSF and inform the candidates about the funding decision by Summer 2021. The selected researchers must commence their stays at the latest on 30 November 2021.
- JSPS Fellowships 2021: Application guidelines (PDF, 331 kB)
- JSPS Fellowships 2021: Instructions for the application form (, 79.3 kB)
- JSPS Fellowships 2021: Application form (Word, 46.2 kB)
- JSPS Fellowships 2021: sample of letter of acceptance/invitation (PDF, 100 kB)
- JSPS Fellowships 2021: List of eligible host institutes
JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
The second call with JSPS was open from 22 March to 13 June 2018. The subject area was limited to mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The evaluation was conducted by way of a two-stage process. The results of the first phase were communicated in September 2018. The deadline for the submission of full proposals was 28 November 2918. The results of the second phase were communicated in May 2019. Eight projects could be funded. The evaluation was carried out jointly by the SNSF and JSPS. The SNSF will bear the costs of 1.9 million Swiss francs for the Swiss part of the research, the JSPS will cover the costs in Japan.
JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency)
The call for proposals with JST was open from 15 August to 14 November 2017 and was limited to the following thematic area:
Research on hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier
The nine submitted applications were jointly evaluated by the SNSF and JST. Three applications were approved for funding. The SNSF covers the costs of CHF 750'000.- for the Swiss part of the research and JST covers the costs in Japan.
- Call document for the second JSPS-SNSF call (PDF, 276 kB)
- Declaration of Obligations German (PDF, 113 kB)
- Declaration of Obligations French (PDF, 112 kB)
- Guidelines for the lifetime management of research projects (grants) (PDF, 153 kB)
- Template for scientific report (MS Word) (Word, 100 kB)
- Documents & downloads
There is currently no open call with JSPS.
There is currently no new open call with JST.
Other funding options
Information on other funding options and on the cooperation with Japan are also available from the Leading House ETHZ.