Calls for Proposals Overseas FY 2021 [Pre-announcement] Japan-Nordic Joint Call for Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)


Status of Grants/Funding Opportunities Pre-announcement
R&D phase Basic Study, Applied Study, Nonclinical Study/Pre-clinical Study
Key Fields Innovation and Clinical Research Center Project
Submission Deadline Late September, 2021 (tentative)
Office of International Collaboration, Division of International Strategy, Department of International Strategy
E-mail: sicorp "at" (Replace "at" with "@")

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Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) is going to launch a Joint Call with the Nordic partners; Academy of Finland, Research Council of Norway, Swedish Research Council, and NordForsk.

The thematic framework includes fundamental, translational/basic clinical and epidemiological research on populations in the Nordic countries and Japan. Utilisation of existing high-quality health data sources in a Nordic-Japanese context is central to the research to be funded under this call.

Examples of such utilisation include, but are not limited to:
  1. Health data being utilised in order to add value to, support or follow up already ongoing research at the Nordic and Japanese level.
  2. Data being used to follow up individuals with the aim of improving healthy longevity in terms of e.g. disease outcome, care, rehabilitation, side effects and quality of life. 
  3. Determination of risk factors for severe medical complications (analysis of epidemiological, clinical, immunological, genetic markers) in the elderly population.

For further information, please refer to the call text published on the NordForsk website and the AMED website in June.

Program summary

SICORP provides support for international joint research projects on the basis of equal partnership in countries, regions, and fields of cooperation that have been designated as particularly important by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on the basis of intergovernmental agreements,in collaboration with funding agencies in the countries concerned.

The aim of this program is to contribute solutions to challenges facing world today and to bolster Japan’s scientific and technological capabilities through collaboration with a broad range of countries.
This program, with a view to disseminating excellent research results of our country to the world, expects to achieve synergies and develop mutually by collaborating with foreign countries and regions in science and technology that can be a source of our competitiveness.

Program Details

Solicitation Period

Mid-June, 2021 - Late September, 2021 (tentative)

How to Apply

The call for proposals seeking funding of Japan-Nordic collaboration will be announced as a collaborative effort between AMED, Academy of Finland, Research Council of Norway, Swedish Research Council, and NordForsk. The projects funded under this call should include partners from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Japan, and one joint proposal should be made and submitted. Researchers from other countries may participate in the projects at their own costs. The call will open in June and close in September. Projects may apply for maximum NOK 10 million (tentative) and are expected to start in early 2022. The project duration will be three years.

Please note that the dates for opening and closing of the call, as well as the funding level, are tentative and may be subject to changes.



Last updated 04/28/21