Division of International Strategy U.S. - Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program: USJ CMSP (Research on Global Health Issues)


Key Fields Other programs(1st)
R&D phase Basic Study, Applied Study, Nonclinical Study/Pre-clinical Study, Clinical Study, Clinical Research
Office of International Collaboration, Division of International Strategy, Department of International Strategy, AMED
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Overview of the program

The U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP), one of the oldest bilateral programs in the history of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of United States, was established in 1965 (under a US Presidential-Japan Prime Ministerial level agreement) to strengthen the Japanese research capacity and address issues of public health importance in the Asia-Pacific region. The program continues to maintain its value as a unique tool to foster research collaboration among the US, Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region. The program has nine Joint Panels (AIDS; Acute Respiratory Infections; Cholera and other Bacterial Enteric Diseases; Hepatitis; Parasitic Diseases; Cancer (previously the Genes, Environment and Diseases Panel); Nutrition and Metabolism (inactive on the US side); Mycobacterial Diseases; and Viral Diseases) and one cross-cutting Joint Immunology Board. For more information also visit the NIH home page

Under the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP), the diseases panels are engaged in research into aspects of diseases that are endemic in the Asian region in areas including nutrition and metabolism, cancer, AIDS, hepatitis, parasitic diseases, viral diseases, mycobacteria, acute respiratory infections (bacterial/viral), cholera and other bacterial enteric diseases and immunology.


Implementing Body

Panel Chair Title and Representative institutions
Viral diseases NISHIZONO Akira Professor, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University
AIDS MATANO Tetsuro Professor and Director, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
AIDS Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
Hepatitis KANTO Tatsuya Director General, The Research Center for Hepatitis and Immunology, National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Parasitic diseases KANO Shigeyuki Director, Department of Tropical Medicine and Malaria, National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Acute respiratory Infections DOI
Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Fujita Health University School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Mycobacterial diseases SUZUKI
Professor, Division of Bioresources, Hokkaido University, International Institute for Zoonisis Control
Cholera and other Bacterial Enteric diseases IIDA
Professor, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
Immunology ISHII
Professor, Division of Vaccine Science, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
Project Leader, Project for Prevention of HPV-related cancer, Exploratory Oncology Research & Clinical Trial Center, National Cancer Center
and Metabolism
Professor & Chairman, Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine

U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Progrm Collaborative Awards for early-stage and female scientists

The purpose of the USJCMSP collaborative awards is to foster new or expanded infectious diseases and immunology focused biomedical research collaborations between researchers in Japan, the Asia and Pacific region (APac), and U.S. investigators and institutions. It is required that all collaborative research project is implemented by the collaborative teams including early-stage or female investigators as a PI from around the region.

Basic immunology and endemic and emerging infectious diseases that are relevant to the APac region are eligible for this competition.

  • 1st round: USJCMSP Collaborative Awards 2016 focused on infectious diseases and immunology. Thirteen joint research projects were selected for funding, and their study results were presented at the 20th and 21st EID conferences.
  • 2nd round: USJCMSP Collaborative Awards 2018 focused on viral diseases and immunology. Ten joint research projects were selected for funding, and their study results will be presented at the 22nd EID conferences.
  • 3rd round: USJCMSP Collaborative Awards 2019 focused on infectious diseases and immunology. Competition opened in October 2018, and results of the call will be announced in 2019.

Program Supervisor (PS):KIYONO Hiroshi, IMSUT Distinguished Professor, Division of Mucosal Immunology, IMSUT Distinguished Professor Unit , The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo/ Professor, Future Medicine Education and Research Organization, Chiba University
Program Officer (PO):TSUNETSUGU-YOKOTA Yasuko, Professor, Department of Medical Technology, School of Human Sciences, Tokyo University of Technology



Past funding opportunities


Last updated 01/28/22