FIRST Program

Leading-edge Research Promotion Fund

  • Program Type

The aim of the FIRST Program is to advance the kind of leading-edge research and development that will strengthen Japan’s international competitiveness while contributing to society and people’s welfare through the application of its results.

JSPS disburses funding to each project’s operational support institution and collateral institutions.

Used by core researchers and their collaborators to implement the R&D project. The fruits yielded by the projects are fed in various forms back to the Japanese people and society. Concurrently, they are also disseminated to other countries by way of research papers, conference presentations, and other vehicles.

JSPS manages and operates the Fund that finances projects under the FIRST Program.

It also works to ensure the smooth and effective implementation of the program by responding the inquiries and requests from subsidized institutions, handling their procedural requirements and monitoring their reporting, and auditing their disbursed funds to ensure they are being expended properly.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


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To apply or join the program, please submit an application.