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


Key Fields Innovation and Clinical Research Center Project
R&D phase Basic Study, Applied Study, Nonclinical Study/Pre-clinical Study, Clinical Study, Clinical Research
Department of International Strategy, Division of Research Programs
TEL: +81-3-6870-2216
E-mail: nichibei"at"amed.go.jp(Replace”at”with @)
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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 TAKAORI-KONDO Akifumi Director, Kyoto University Hospital
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 MATSUMOTO Sohkichi Professor, Department of Bacteriology, School of Medicine, Niigata University
Cholera and other Bacterial Enteric diseases IIDA
Professor, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
Immunology ISHII Ken J. 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
YABE Daisuke Professor, Gifu 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, Distinguished Professor, Future Medicine Education and Research Organization, Chiba University / Department of Human Mucosal Vaccinology, Chiba University Hospital
Professor, CU-UCSD Center for Mucosal Immunology, Allergy and Vaccine (cMAV), Department of Medicine, UC San Diego

Program Officer (PO):TSUNETSUGU-YOKOTA Yasuko, Director of the WNP Institute, The World New Prosperity / Emeritus Professor, Department of Medical Technology, Tokyo University of Technology<



Past funding opportunities


Last updated 05/26/23