Cooperation with Japan


The FWO is keen on promoting international collaboration as a driving force for excellence. That is why the FWO signs agreements with a number of countries for the funding of potential exchange projects. 

To strengthen existing collaborative programmes between Flanders and Japan and to establish a concrete partnership between both countries, the FWO has signed an agreement with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). 


  • Duration of projects:  2 years
  • Maximum 2 projects per year
  • The funding covers
    • travel expenses between Flanders and Japan
    • accommodation, living expenses and domestic travel in both countries
    • part of the research costs
  • Each party bears the full costs of its researchers. FWO pays Flemish researchers a daily living allowance of €66 (or max. €1,650 per month) + travel expenses (travel to be booked through Omnia or Carlson Wagonlit
  • Submission deadline:  determined each year in consultation with JSPS
  • Announcement of results: variable
  • Start of project: variable

Profile and conditions

  • You hold a PhD
  • You are affiliated to a Flemish university


  • You must submit your project proposal simultaneously to FWO and JSPS

    You propose a list of 3 external referees (refer to the regulations to see who is eligible)

  • One referee will be asked for advice
  • The Panel for International Scientific Contacts (CIWC) evaluates your application
  • The decision is made in consultation with JSPS

Regulations and downloads