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International joint call “Collaborative Research in Computation Neuroscience” (CRCNS)

- Promoting international joint research through collaboration with the NSF –

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December 7, 2017

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

We would like to announce that a joint call with the NSF for research proposals is open until January 9, 2018, based on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States of America, in which NICT will provide funding to research institutions on the Japanese side for Japan-US joint R&D projects related to neuroscience technology.

These joint projects will be under the international (US, Germany, France, Israel and Japan) joint research framework CRCNS*.
Under this call, proposals must include participation of a US research institution in order to be considered. Institutions from Israel can also be included in the project team. (However, for this call, Germany and France cannot be included in the project team.)

This call is aimed at promotion of efficient R&D or enhancing R&D capability in the field of brain ICT through international joint research efforts centered around JP-US collaboration.

*CRCNS: Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience.
A framework set up in the United States by the NSF and NIH (National Institutes of Health) and jointly run between the US, Germany, France, Israel and Japan.


Program Title: Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function

Research period: 36 months from beginning of contract

For this call, two kinds of proposals are accepted, from which you choose one to apply under.
1. Research Proposals
2. Data Sharing Proposals

Prerequisite requirements: The joint R&D must include both Japanese and US institutions as participants. (for this call, proposals for JP-US joint projects including Israel are also accepted)

Maximum research expenses: 10 million yen (inc. tax) per year per project.

Number of proposals selected: maximum 5

Call open period: October 11 (Wed), 2017 - January 9 (Tue), 2018
(Deadline 12:00 noon, Japanese time)


Detailed information from Commissioned Research Promotion Office (Japanese only):

You can also apply through the Cross-ministerial Research and Development Management System (e-Rad).

Detailed information from NSF official page for CRCNS solicitation:


This is a joint call with the NSF, and is only applicable for joint projects with United States research institutions. Therefore, if you wish to apply, your application must include at least 1 US institution as one of the collaborators.

For these joint projects, the Japanese and US institutions apply in parallel. The Japanese side applies to NICT, while the American side applies to NSF.

If the application includes a participant institution from Israel, that institution must at the same time apply to BSF (United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation).