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Request for Proposals: U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program Collaborative Awards, 2020



Request for Proposals: U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program Collaborative Awards, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

CRDF Global is accepting proposals from joint U.S., Japan, and other Regional Asia-Pacific (APac) based investigators working in the field of infectious disease and immunology research for the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP) Collaborative Awards, 2020. This initiative is jointly conducted by CRDF Global utilizing funds provided by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). USJCMSP Collaborative Awards, 2020 represents the fourth round of a collaborative award program that was initiated in 2016, following the 50th anniversary celebration of the USJCMSP.  The awards program aims to promote the inclusion of early-career and female scientists in collaborative research.

The purpose of the USJCMSP collaborative awards is to foster new or expanded infectious disease and immunology focused biomedical research collaborations between researchers in Japan, the APac region, and U.S. investigators and institutions.  It is expected that proposals will focus on questions of direct relevance to the APac region that will add to global knowledge about infectious diseases and immunology.  The USJCMSP continues to promote collaborations, especially to include early-stage and female scientists from around the region.

The USJCMSP, one of the oldest bilateral programs in the history of NIH, was established in 1965 (under a U.S. Presidential-Japan Prime Ministerial level agreement) to strengthen Japanese research capacity and address issues of public health importance in the APac region. The program continues to maintain its value as a unique tool to foster U.S., Japan, and APac Region research collaboration.

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Six to eight awards, each up to $60,000 USD, will be made in support of one-year projects. Collaborative research teams consisting of investigators from the U.S., Japan, and other APac countries are eligible to apply.

All submissions must be completed no later than:

Monday, March 30, 2020 (23:59) U.S. Eastern Time (ET) (UCT -4)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (12:59) Japan Time (UCT +9)

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Japanese sub-teams are also required to complete e-Rad submission. Please email AMED for further information. 

Download the complete competition RFP and proposal form in the application package below.

For questions, please email