2020 Call for the International IPSR Joint Usage/Research Center Research Proposals – overseas travel

Overseas travel type

The Okayama University Institute of Plant Science and Resources (IPSR) functions as national “Joint Usage/Research Center” (JURC) focusing on plant stress science and bio-resources. Currently, the second 6-year term of JURC program promoted by the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) is carried on since April 2016, offering following international research support in 2020.


In thriving globalization process, IPSR aims becoming an international “hub” in plant stress science and bio-resources that actively works for achievements of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As undertaking, we now encourage IPSR staff to carry out/develop collaborative research with institutions abroad in FY2020. In particular, overseas travel of young IPSR staff members (Assistant and Associate Professors) is encouraged in this project. In principle, IPSR will cover travel costs and accommodation expenses up to 4 weeks abroad, while suitable research environment and consumables should be provided by the overseas host group(s) (see budget allocations below). As part of each project, we also encourage establishment of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate future research exchange and collaboration between partner institutions.


The current 2020 Call for Proposals is seeking for 3-6 new projects carried out by IPSR staff members abroad in the proposed period of August, 2020 – March, 2021.


In principle, only IPSR staff is eligible for overseas travel support to any institute or university outside of Japan. Each proposal includes cover for travel costs and accommodation expenses during research stay abroad and consumables necessary for this research (up to JPY 500,000 – awarded to IPSR applicant in Japan for the purpose of research activity abroad).

Application procedures

IPSR applicants are requested to (1) make direct contact with their intended principal host collaborator(s) abroad, and (2) discuss conditions, design and specific requirements for their experiments prior to (3) submitting their joint-research application. Please note that name and consent of foreign host PI is required for acceptance of each proposal. Application Form should be sent by email to kyodo1247ATadm.okayama-u.ac.jp (replace AT with @ before sending). All applications must arrive before July-31 2020, 5:00 PM JST. Official language of proposals is English.

@IPSR “We believe that international collaboration is vital for our institute. In particular, we seek jointly developed ideas as pillars for promotion of SDGs that are indispensable for preventing global food and environmental crisis in the future”.