Cooperation Japan (JSPS) - Joint seminars

NWO has a cooperation agreement with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The programme Cooperation Japan (JSPS) is for Dutch researchers who want to cooperate with colleagues in Japan. It offers the possibility of a joint seminar in the Netherlands or Japan.


The aim of Cooperation Japan (JSPS) is to promote contacts between Dutch and Japanese researchers.

Who can apply

Dutch researchers who hold a PhD degree and a tenured position at one of the following knowledge institutions can submit an application: universities established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands; university medical centres; KNAW and NWO institutes; the Netherlands Cancer Institute; the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen; DUBBLE Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble; Naturalis Biodiversity Center; Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL); Princess Máxima Center.

What to apply for

A contribution can be requested for the bilateral organisation of a joint seminar in the Netherlands or Japan with a maximum duration of one week and for a maximum of 10 participants per country. 

When to apply

  • The NWO/JSPS deadline for the submission of applications is 3rd September 2020.



The applications for seminars will be assessed against the following criteria:

1 quality of the research team

2.1 scientific quality, originality and relevance of the proposed seminar with work plan

2.2 feasibility and tangibility, progress in the future; urgency

2.3 need for cooperation, added value and mutual research progress due to the transfer of knowledge and expertise

2.4 participation of young researchers and contribution to their supervision.

3 knowledge utilisation, including:

3.1 impact of results on improving the quality of life, contributing to economic development and/or solving current social problems

Herewith the following points will be considered:

  • suitability of budget
  • suitability of seminar location
  • contribution to interaction of researchers in the research progress (at least 50% of the grant must be used for international/local travel costs)

Procedure and timeframe

The applications will be assessed by the NWO-wide Grants Committee.

The timeframe is as follows:

3 September 2020 JSPS/NWO’s deadline for submission of proposals
(Please note the deadline of JSPS is on September 2nd)
Early October 2020 Exchange of list of applications NWO and JSPS
January 2021 Joint selection decision
1 April 2021-31 March 2022 Seminars FY2020 take place in this period.

The applications will be assessed by the NWO-wide Grants Committee.