The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), or Gakushin for short, is Japan’s core funding agency supporting the advancement of scientific research. JSPS’s programs cover all fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
JSPS was founded in 1932 as a non-profit foundation through an endowment granted by Emperor Showa. Over this 80-year period, JSPS has worked continuously to develop and implement a far-reaching array of domestic and international scientific programs.
JSPS’s operation is supported in large part by annual subsidies from the Japanese Government. Its main functions are:
- To foster young researchers,
- To promote international scientific cooperation,
- To award Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research,
- To support scientific cooperation between the academic community and industry, and
- To collect and distribute information on scientific research activities.
For details, please visit the JSPS headquarters’ website.