Calls for Proposals Early-stage FY2019 Interstellar Initiative


Status of Grants/Funding Opportunities Grants/Funding Opportunities
R&D phase Basic Study
Key Fields Other programs(1st)
Submission Deadline 05/16/19 Thu 12:59 JST
Division of International Collaboration, Department of International Affairs, 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 FY2019 Interstellar Initiative. The purpose of the call is to recruit Early Carrier Investigators who attend FY2019 Interstellar Initiative.

The 2019-2020 Interstellar Initiative will address challenges in the area of Healthy Longevity. It will focus on exploring molecular, cellular, genetic, and physiological mechanisms of aging, 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 four broad categories: 1) Clinical Research; 2) Life Science; 3) Physical Science; and 4) Technology.

The deadline for application submission is May 16, 2019, 12:59 JST.

Refer following document to see timeline of Interstellar Initiative.

Program summary

The Interstellar Initiative ― presented jointly by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development and the New York Academy of Sciences ― 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.


Applications are invited from Early Career Investigators who have backgrounds in four 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); and
  4. Technology (e.g., engineers, computer 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 2009 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

03/27/19 Wed - 05/16/19 Thu 12:59 JST

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 03/27/19