- June 2023
- 5 September 2023
Applications close 3pm (Melbourne time)/5pm (Japan time)*
- January 2024
Communication of results
- 1 April 2024-31 March 2025
Start date of awards*Please note that applicants’ affiliated institutions may set earlier deadlines than the date provided by JSPS in their guidelines.
The aim of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects program is to form sustained networks that have evolved from individual researcher exchanges, including early career researchers.
The scheme is open to all fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
As JSPS will only support activity of Japan-based researchers, the aim of the JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects Co-funding Scheme is to support University of Melbourne participation in the JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects. This support does not extend to JSPS Open Partnership Seminars, but UoM researchers may still participate and be listed as co-investigators on this scheme.
In 2023 the University of Melbourne will contribute co-funding of up to $25,000 for up to 10 JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects. The University’s contribution will be made up of 1:1 contribution from Chancellery Research and Enterprise and the Faculty/School/Department of the UoM Principal Investigator (PI).
Each application must be led by at least one PI from an eligible Japanese research institution and at least one PI from the University of Melbourne.
Melbourne PIs must hold an appointment at the University of Melbourne that meets the following requirements, at the time of application, and for the duration of the award:
- Academic Level A6 or higher; and
- 0.5 FTE or higher.
Honorary and adjunct academic staff should seek a letter of support directly from their primary employer committing funding to support their participation in the JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects using the provided approval form in the "Support documents" section.
Melbourne PIs must not have outstanding Progress Reports or Final Reports from any other University of Melbourne Researcher Development Scheme.
PIs at the Japanese partner institution must meet the eligibility requirements stipulated in the guidelines found on the JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects website.
How to apply
Review the guidelines
Under 'Supporting Documents' below. Please note that applicants’ affiliated institutions may set earlier deadlines than the date provided by JSPS in their guidelines. University of Melbourne PIs are advised to check the timelines set internally by their partners’ (Japan-based PIs) institutions with their partner PIs as soon as possible.
Prepare your budget and draft Letter of Support
Seek commitment from your Faculty/School/Department and fill in the template Letter of Support to be included in your Themis submission.
Create a Themis Grants Submit Workbench submission
Create a Themis Grants Workbench submission and attach the Letter of Support signed by your Faculty/School/Department. The Researcher Development Schemes team will then coordinate the signatures from Chancellery Research and Enterprise leadership and send it back to you.
Send Letter of Support to Japan-based PI
Provide the Letter of Support to the lead PI at the Japanese partner institution. The application submitted to JSPS must describe the extent of support from the University by referring to the Letter of Support that is co-signed by the UoM PI’s Faculty/ School/ Department and Chancellery Research and Enterprise.**JSPS's online application system cannot accept additional documents other than those requested. Make sure the Letter of Support is described in the application form.
2023 Guidelines for applicants
Letter of Support template
Honorary declaration form
Instructions for creating a grant submission record in Themis. The scheme title in Themis is "Melbourne - JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects".