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Junior Research Programs

Conditions and Information

Now Call for Proposals for the Junior Research Programs for Implementation in AY2024 and AY2025

The TFC is currently seeking proposals for the Junior Research Programs for the 2024 academic year (April 2024 – March 2025) and the 2025 academic year (April 2025–March 2026) in all fields of research, including social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences. The organizers have the freedom to choose whether the program will be held in the academic years of 2024 or 2025, which should be clearly written in the proposal.

The Junior Research Programs are programs that give talented young researchers the opportunity to organize workshops and carry out collaborative research with distinguished international scientists. These programs will have ambitious, interdisciplinary, high–impact content with the potential to generate new research fields.

Application Deadline

The Deadline for submitting a program proposal is September 30, 2023.

Application Requirements

When preparing a proposal, the following conditions must be met:

Organizer Requirement

Max. 6 organizers, including at least:

  1. one researcher affiliated with Tohoku University
  2. one researcher affiliated with universities outside Japan

* The main organizer (proposer of the program) must be a researcher affiliated with Tohoku University under 45 years old or within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D.
* researchers from different field should be assigned to ensure interdisciplinarity.
* Gender–diversity should be taken into consideration.

Venue Requirement

All of the events in the program should be held in principle at Tohoku University. It is desirable that the long–term visitors stay in Sendai and work with researchers at Tohoku University.

Language Requirement

The proposals should be written in English, and the working language in the program should be English.

Information about selection

The proposals are to be received and selected following the same schedule and selection procedure as the thematic programs. The deadline for submissions is Sep. 30, 2023.

Successful proposals will be selected by the TFC's International Advisory Board (IAB), who will meet once each year to evaluate junior research program proposals. During the final stage of the evaluation process, you may be required to give an oral presentation about your proposal to the IAB. The successful proposal will likely be developed through a process of discussion between the proposers and the IAB, mediated by the TFC director.

TFC Suggestions for Improvement May Occur

Prior to acceptance, the TFC may make suggestions to improve the quality of the program, and we expect that the program proposers to be receptive to our advice.

Result Notification

The results of the selection will be sent to the organizers once the final decision has been made (in the beginning of January 2024).

Duties of Organizers

Work Well with the TFC Program Coordinator to Plan and Manage the Program.

After the evaluation of the junior research programs by the International Advisory Board, the organizers are required to develop the program further in accordance with the TFC's goals. For this purpose, good cooperation with the TFC Program Coordinators is expected from the organizers.


At each event within the junior research program, the organizers are expected to acknowledge the contribution which the TFC has made, and will give a brief description of the TFC's activities to the participants.

The TFC encourages participants to acknowledge the support of TFC in papers based on research developed during programs, and welcomes conference proceedings based on the programs.

Final Report and Report Meeting

The organizers of the junior research program must submit a final report on their activities within one month after the end of the program. Concrete future plans, such as the development and transmission of their research outside of Japan based on the collaborative networks with invited researchers established during the program, must be shown in the final report.

The TFC will hold a report meeting after the junior research program has been completed. The organizers must join this meeting and give a presentation about their activities and future plans. The meeting will include a Q & A session.

Regarding Attribution of Intellectual Property

The TFC's video recordings of participants' lectures will become the intellectual property of the TFC, unless participants specifically ask not to be recorded.