Calls for Proposals FY 2022 Interstellar Initiative Beyond

Change log

※Updated on 16th March, 2022; FAQ has been attached in Reference.

※Updated on 1st February, 2022; the Call closing time has been corrected in the “GENERAL GUIDANCE” of the Application Guidelines on page 2.
Correct: 12:59 [Japan Standard Time] on 31st March 2022.
Incorrect: 23:59 [Japan Standard Time] on 31st March 2022.


Status of Grants/Funding Opportunities Grants/Funding Opportunities
R&D phase Basic Study
Key Fields Innovation and Clinical Research Center Project
Submission Deadline 03/31/22 Thu Interstellar Initiative Beyond
Office of International Collaboration, Division of International Strategy, Department of International Strategy, AMED
E-mail: interstellar“AT” (Replace “AT” with “@”)

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AMED invites applications from teams of Interstellar Initiative alumni: anyone who has ever participated in the Interstellar Initiative, presented by AMED. Teams should be composed of two to four alumni members and include a single Japan-based Principal Investigator (PI). The PI must work together with their alumni team members to complete the “Joint Application Form” in English.

Research fields Project size Research period Expected number of teams to be selected
Frontier Science to tackle the most critical biomedical challenges. 2.0 million yen per year for each team
*excluding indirect costs
by the end of March 2023  0-9 team(s)

  • Applicants are requested to further develop their research proposals for application to larger grants offered for international, multidisciplinary team research (see Joint Application Form).
  • If strongly needed, it is acceptable to recruit a researcher from outside the alumni community as the fourth member. That personnel must meet the eligibility for the application to the interstellar initiative. If you have any question, please contact us before your application.

For details, please refer to the Application Guidelines.

Program summary

Collaboration is key to truly innovative scientific discoveries and advancement. There is a critical need to support the intersection of ideas across international boundaries and disciplines, in particular among early career scientists (ECIs). The Interstellar Initiative has connected 230 ECIs from 26 countries including Japan with peers in related but distinct disciplines, under the guidance of Mentors who are established scientists at the forefront of their respective academic fields. 

This call aims to strengthen collaborations among Interstellar Initiative alumni with an ambition to support them towards securing international grants to further develop their innovative work. These awards are intended for use in communication and preliminary work within teams in order to apply for further international grants. It is AMED’s sincere hope that the partnerships established through Interstellar Initiative Beyond will lead to the development of long-term collaborative research programs that will be successful in competing for international funding.


Please refer to the "Eligibility criteria" in the Application Guidelines and 補足応募注意事項「第2章 応募に関する諸条件等」.

Solicitation Period

01/31/22 Mon - 03/31/22 Thu Interstellar Initiative Beyond

How to Apply

Please complete the Joint Application Form with your team members. Japan-based researcher must submit the completed form on behalf of the team to AMED through e-Rad portal.

Please see the following guideline.



Last updated 03/16/22