Intsam travel grants to participate in R&I week 2022

Intsam, a coordinating group for Swedish governmental research funding bodies, now provides an opportunity to apply for travel grants to participate in MIRAI2.0 Research and Innovation week, November 15-18, Japan.

The call is open between 1 June and 1 September 2022.

The call is open for employees at Swedish universities, businesses, or public sector organisations who would like to participate in the conference and collaborate with partners in Japan. Participation can be combined with other activities planned in connection to the conference such as delegation visits in Tokyo and Fukuoka.

Maximum grant is SEK 25.000
The grant may be used to cover actual costs for travel (economy-class airfare and local transportation to/from airport) and accommodation.

Doctoral students, early career researchers and applicants from small and medium sized companies will be prioritized.

Application should be submitted no later than September 1st through this online form: https://sunet.artologik.net/gu/Survey/17940

More information may be found in the terms of reference below.  
Terms of Reference
Utlysning (in swedish)
Template – Letter of Support

Other funding opportunities

In this section we gather funding opportunities from other actors that may be suitable for Japanese-Swedish collaborative projects. Please note that you apply directly through the funding agency responsible for each call and not through the MIRAI 2.0 consortium.

Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation (SJSF)

The Swedish section of the Sweden-Japan Foundation (SJF) launches grants and scholarships for research and studies in Japan. For researchers and students, for research, studies, degree projects or internships in Japan. Deadline for both applications is March 1, 2022.

Subjects: research or education within natural sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, economy, humanities (including Japanese) and journalism. .

Eligible to apply: organizations, institutions and individuals. The applicants should have a firm connection to Sweden.

Stay in Japan: from 1 week to 1 year, during the period April 2022 – March 2023.

Apply online via https://sjsf.se/local-pages/sweden/

Sweden-Japan Foundation (SJF) launches scholarships for studies, research, degree projects or internships at university level in Japan. 

Subjects: studies within natural sciences, technology, economy, law, medicine and trade.

Eligible to apply: students and junior researchers from higher education institutions in Sweden. The applicants should have a firm connection to Sweden.

Stay in Japan: from 3 months to 1 year, during the period April 2022 – March 2023.

Apply online via https://swedenjapan.se/sjf-scholarships/

STINT: Initiation Grants

Initiation grants are given for the implementation of short-term projects targeting the building of new and strategically interesting international relationships. Collaborations with partners outside the EU/EFTA are eligible. Applications may be submitted continuously throughout the year. Assessment of received applications starts on the following dates in 2022: 1 March, 17 May, 6 September and 15 November. Find the full call and application documents here: https://www.stint.se/en/program/initiation-grants/.

STINT: Mobility Grants for Internationalisation

The aim of Mobility Grants for Internationalisation is to strengthen Swedish research and higher education by developing and establishing international partnerships. The principal collaborating party shall be outside the EU/EFTA and the UK. It is of particular importance for young researchers and doctoral students to participate in the exchanges and new collaborative patterns are encouraged. The next call will be published during early summer 2022. Find the full call and application documents here: https://www.stint.se/en/program/mobility-grants-for-internationalisation/.


Previous and now closed calls for proposals

MIRAI2.0 – Joint seed funding of Japan-Sweden collaborative projects

To strengthen collaboration between Japan and Sweden in research, education, and innovation, MIRAI2.0 is launching a call for seed funding to support promising collaborative initiatives. The objective is to encourage further development of existing and new collaborations between MIRAI2.0 member universities based on innovative projects and new ideas.

The call will be open between 11 June and 1 November 2021.

Researchers from MIRAI2.0 member universities will be able to jointly suggest a project in their field that has the potential to lead to e.g. externally funded research, jointly authored papers, larger scale collaborations, joint programs, short course for PhD and Post-Docs etc.

Up to 30 projects will be selected for funding. Each proposal will be funded with maximum of 67 000 SEK to Swedish project partners and a maximum of 400 000 JPY to Japanese project partners.

More information may be found in the call and application form below:

MIRAI2.0 Call for Collaborative Projects

Application form – MIRAI2.0 Call for Collaborative Projects


Call for funding applications – Academia/Industry collaborations

Intsam, a coordinating group for Swedish governmental research funding bodies, now provides an opportunity to apply for funding available to initiate new collaborations between Sweden and Japan.

The call is open between 7 June and 17 September 2021.

The call is open for employees at Swedish universities, businesses, or public sector organisations who would like to collaborate with partners in Japan. The funding is aimed at collaboration projects that contribute towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thematic focus areas are:

  • Ageing
  • Sustainability
  • Materials Science
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

A requirement to apply for funding is that at least one member of the project team participates in the academia/industry matchmaking event on 10 June, 2021 or other relevant activity during the MIRAI2.0 Research and Innovation Week on 7–11 June, 2021.

Applicants may apply for funding for initiating a new collaboration project involving at least one Swedish and one Japanese partner. Each Swedish constellation must include at least one academic partner. Intsam gives priority to collaboration between different types of stakeholders, such as: businesses, academics, and public sectors.

The maximum grant awarded by Intsam is 90 000 SEK per application. Only the Swedish project partners may receive funding.

More information may be found in the terms of reference and application form below.
ToR – Call for funding applications
Utlysning (in Swedish)
Application form

Short presentation of Call

JSPS: Postdoctoral Fellowships Short-term Program

This program provides opportunities for young pre- and postdoctoral researchers from overseas to conduct, under the guidance of their host researchers, cooperative research with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other research institutions. Pre- and postdoctoral researchers with a citizenship or permanent residency of Sweden can apply for this Short-term Program with the duration of 1-12 months. Included is a round-trip air ticket, monthly maintenance allowance (PhD holders: JPY 362,000, Non-PhD holders: JPY 200,000) and ettling-in allowance of JPY 200,000 (only applicable for Fellows with 3 or more months of tenure) as well as overseas travel insurance.
Application deadline: 3 January (Mon) 2022, 17:00 CET
Fellowship starting date: 1 August 2022 – 31 March 2023.
Find more information and application documents here: https://www.jsps-sto.com/posdocshort/?/

JSPS: Postdoctoral Fellowships Standard Program

This program provides opportunities for young postdoctoral researchers from overseas to conduct, under the guidance of their host researchers, cooperative research with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other research institutions. Postdoctoral researchers with a citizenship/permanent residency of Sweden can apply for this program with the duration of 12-24 months. All fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are included under this program. Included is a round-trip air ticket, monthly maintenance allowance: JPY 362,000 and settling-in allowance of JPY 200,000 as well as overseas travel insurance.
Application deadline: 3 January (Mon) 2022, 17:00 CET
Fellowship starting date: 1 August 2022 – 30 November 2022
Find more information and application documents here: https://www.jsps-sto.com/posdocstandard/?/