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About IMSUT as "International Joint Usage/Research Center"

The Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo (IMSUT) is a university-attached research institute of life science and medicine in Japan with world-class research achievements, and has an affiliated Research Hospital specializing in experimental medicine and translational medicine.

We conduct research on fundamental mechanisms and their applications to infectious diseases, cancers, and other specific diseases. Our main fields of study include infectious diseases, immune mechanisms, cancer signaling and metastasis, genome analysis, stem cell regenerative medicine, animal disease models etc.

Supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, we have been promoting the Joint Usage/Research Center Project since FY2010. Moreover, on 13 November 2018, IMSUT was authorized as the "International Joint Research Center for Promoting Basic and Applied Research and Implementing Translational Research", and we are making a new start by expanding our activities worldwide.

We aim to improve medical science research standards at the international level, to increase new academic and scientific knowledge in medical science, to promote research and development of innovative medicines and medical technology, and to foster medical researchers and promote their wider exchange.

In addition, we are working toward the creation of new interdisciplinary research areas by opening up our research infrastructures and technologies, such as the latest results of genome analysis and regenerative medical technology, to all researchers both in Japan and abroad.

IMSUT Joint Research Project FY2019 Call for Proposals


IMSUT (Institute of Medical Sciences, the University of Tokyo) Call for Proposals "FY2019 IMSUT Joint Research Project" in the following three joint research areas.

(1) Joint Research Area: Development of Cutting Edge Medical Therapies
(2) Joint Research Area: Genome/Cancer/Disease Systems Biology
(3) Joint Research Area: Infectious Diseases and Immunology

For more information about the research, please refer to the URL below.

1. Program outline
The purpose of this program is to provide the opportunity for researchers outside IMSUT to conduct cooperative research activities with IMSUT scientists in the 3 research areas described above.
Successful applicants and project members may use IMSUT facilities by permission of the host scientist involved.

2. Eligibility of applicants
The applicant must be a researcher at a university or public research institute.
*Young scientists and graduate students are eligible to participate. We look forward to their active participation in the research.
*Fourth year (fifth year with six-year undergraduate programs) undergraduate students are also eligible to participate the project under the supervision of a faculty staff of their home university or IMSUT.
*Undergraduate as well as graduate students are required to join personal accident insurance for students pursuing education and research "Gakkensai" at their home university.

3. Duration of Joint Research
Support period: 1 year, lasting from April 1, 2019 until March 31, 2020.
Support period can be extended up to 3 years, however, an application for extension is required for each fiscal year. For the multi - year joint research application, the selection examination will be conducted based on both of the evaluation for the entire period's and the single period's research plans.

4. Application Procedure
The applicant is required to submit Application Form "1" and "3" to IMSUT.
Before submitting the application, the applicant must consult closely with the prospective IMSUT host scientist.
Application forms can be downloaded from the following.
Form 1 (Application for Joint Research Project)    Excel
Form 2 (Report: Progress Report is required from the applicant for each requested extension)    Excel
Form 3 (Letter of Consent and Acceptance Letter). Arbitrary format.
a. Letter of Consent by the head of the institution to which the applicant belongs.
b. Letter of Consent by any other project member, if he/she belongs to an institution other than the applicant's.
c. Acceptance Letter from the prospective IMSUT host scientist.

5. Deadline
November 30th, 2018
Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted regardless of the reason.

6. Submission of Applications
Research Promotion Team
The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
4-6-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8639
Tel:03-5449-5220 Fax:03-6409-2017

7. Notification of Selection Results
Notification of the selection results will be made in writing by the middle of March 2019.

8. Research Funding
The applicant can apply for the expenses to conduct the approved Joint Research Project up to 1,000,000 yen per fiscal year. This aims to support the applicant with the costs of transportation needed for coming to IMSUT, thus, the applicant should not use them for attending academic symposiums or IMSUT faculty staff’s travel to the applicant’s institution.
The applicant may use them for expendable supplies, however, also in that case, the applicant should come and use them at IMSUT.

9. Report Submission (Please submit when the FY has been over (4.Form2).)
Assignment for the single year joint research
At the end of FY2019, a research-completion report should be submitted in the prescribed format.
Assignment for the multi- year joint research
At the end of every fiscal year(except for the last fiscal year), a progress report should be submitted in the prescribed format.
At the end of the research period, a research results report should be submitted in the prescribed format.
*All of the reports should be submitted to "Research Promotion Team" mentioned in the article 6.
*Further details such as how to write the report, due date will be provided later.
*At the end of the research period, we will have a questionnaire on this project. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.
*If the members of IMSUT are not included in the author, please do not include a paper that does not have an acknowledgment for this project here.

10. Public Viewing of the Report
A progress report and a project completion report will be published on the website of IMSUT. The report should be submitted with particular attention to matters related to intellectual property.

11. Submit Scientific Paper
When a scientific paper is to be published with the support of this project, it should contain an acknowledgment of the project's support.
・Project Name: Joint Research Project of the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo
・Example Sentence of an Acknowledgment: This study was supported (partly) by the Grant for Joint Research Project of the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo.

12. Intellectual Property Right
In principle, the attribution of intellectual property rights should be determined by consultation between the applicant and the acceptant.

Past Application Requirements