Published on 26 February 2019

On 22 February, an audience of PhD students, post-docs, researchers and representatives of Université Paris-Saclay institutions and labs attended a presentation on the funding programmes for research offered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science – JSPS

Founded in 1932, the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) is the biggest funding agency for fundamental research projects in Japan. Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the mission of the JSPS is to select and support research projects in Japan, and promote international scientific cooperation through cross-cutting projects between higher education and innovation.

Prof. Kazuhiko SAIGO

     Prof. Kazuhiko SAIGO, the Director of the JSPS Strasbourg office

Université Paris-Saclay and Japan

UPSaclay welcomed 6 Japanese delegations over the 2017-2018 academic year, and has already welcomed 4 since last September – higher education institutions but also policy decision-makers and funding agencies such as the JSPS. Within the framework of its internationalisation strategy, and in order to formalize and develop the many existing collaborations in research and education, the university has signed cooperation agreements with the most important Japanese universities – Kyoto, Osaka, and Tsukuba, as well as with the NAra Institute of Science and Technology, which, of course, do not take into account those signed by its member institutions. In terms of research, UPSaclay is involved in many international programmes, including 2 international joint units, 5 international associated laboratories, and 7 international research networks.

Guillaume Garreta, Directeur des relations internationales à l'Université Paris-Saclay

Guillaume GARRETA, the Director of International Relations at Université Paris-Saclay

The JSPS programmes

It is within the framework of this bountiful collaboration between UPSaclay and Japan that Prof. Kazuhiko SAIGO, Mr. Yosuke SHIOI and Ms. Chihiro SAIKI presented the programmes of the JSPS at the Institute of Mathematics of Orsay. As well as an annual summer programme for Master’s students, the JSPS offers research programmes for post-docs over 1 to 24-month periods, as well as 3 invitation fellowships programmes for researchers over 2-week to 10-month periods. Furthermore, the JSPS has established joint research projects with the CNRS, Inria, Inserm and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, in different fields, towards the organisation of seminars but also joint research projects. Since 2015, 7 researchers of Université Paris-Saclay have benefitted from short-term fellowships, 7 researchers from long-term fellowships, and 4 Master’s students from its summer programmes.

View detailed information about the JSPS programmes on the following link:: as well as the video of the presentation:

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Présentation des programmes de la JSPS

Headline picture (from left to right): Marc BESANCON, Deputy Director of the Toshiko Yuasa Laboratory France-Japan Particle Physics IAL (TYL-FJPPL), Mr. Yosuke SHIOI, International Programme Associate at the JSPS Strasbourg office, Guillaume GARRETA, Director of International Relations at UPSaclay, Prof. Kazuhiko SAIGO, Director of the JSPS Strasbourg office, and Ms. Chihiro SAIKI, Deputy Director of the JSPS Strasbourg office