Calls for Proposals Early-stage FY 2021 Interstellar Initiative

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17th May, 2021
The following three materials are added in "Links" section.
* PR video of less than 1 minute
* PR flyer for 2021-2022 Interstellar Initiative
* Related article (published by Nature Research Custom Media)

6th May, 2021
Submission Deadline has been extended due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
New submission deadline is 12:59, 25th May, 2021 (JST).
Note to workshop schedule is added in “Program summary” section.


Status of Grants/Funding Opportunities Grants/Funding Opportunities
R&D phase Basic Study
Key Fields Innovation and Clinical Research Center Project
Submission Deadline 05/25/21 Tue 12:59 JST
Office of International Collaboration, Division of International Strategy, Department of International Strategy, AMED
E-mail: interstellar“AT” (Replace “AT” with “@”)

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Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2021-2022 Interstellar Initiative. The purpose of the call is to recruit Early Carrier Investigators to attend the FY2021 Interstellar Initiative.
The 2021-2022 Interstellar Initiative will address challenges in the area of Healthy Longevity. It will focus on exploring molecular, cellular, genetic, physiological, social, and behavioral determinants of healthy longevity, and the relationship between aging and diseases such as cancers, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, hormonal disorders, and other chronic age-related conditions with the ultimate goal of improving healthspan and preventing pathological aging.
Participation in this two-part workshop is by application only. Applications are invited from Early Career Investigators who have backgrounds in five broad categories: 1) Clinical Research; 2) Life Science; 3) Physical Science; 4) Technology and 5) Allied Health.
The deadline for application submission is May 25, 2021, 12:59 JST.
Refer following document to see timeline of Interstellar Initiative.

Program summary

The Interstellar Initiative ― presented jointly by the AMED and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) ― recognizes the world’s most promising Early Career Investigators and connects them with peers, in related but distinct disciplines, providing a platform for them to develop a solution to a major research question. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and thereby catalyze discovery.
For details, refer link below.

NOTE: At this time, the NYAS and the AMED plan to hold the first workshop virtually in September 2020 in the 2020-2021 Interstellar Initiative while the second one in February is scheduled to held in person. Note that those unable to travel to New York will be able to participate virtually. We continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus and will make updates to the program if necessary with the safety of all participants in mind.


Applications are invited from Early Career Investigators who have backgrounds in five broad categories:

  1. Clinical Research (e.g., physician scientists and others with translational interests);
  2. Life Science (e.g., biomedical scientists);
  3. Physical Science (e.g., physicists, chemists, and mathematicians)
  4. Technology (e.g., engineers, computer scientists) ; and
  5. Allied Health (e.g. epidemiologists, nutritionists, nurses, and behavioral scientists)

Early Career Investigator applicants must:

  • Hold a doctoral degree or equivalent (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.)
  • Have obtained their last doctoral degree within the past 10 years (January 2011 or later)
  • Have been engaged in active research for 10 years or less since obtaining their doctoral degree or equivalent
  • Hold an independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty position at a university, private research institution, academic medical center, or national government laboratory

Note: Exceptions to these requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the organizers. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact interstellar”AT” .※Replace "AT" with @.

Solicitation Period

03/05/21 Fri - 05/25/21 Tue 12:59 JST

※Submission Deadline has been extended due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

How to Apply

Those who belong to institutes located in Japan should apply both through e-Rad and following link. Note that applications must be submitted through both portals, applications submitted only through one portal will not be accepted.

Follow guideline attached to submit application to e-Rad portal.


Application Guidelines


Last updated 05/17/21