Call for Nominations for JST Strategic Basic Research Program ERATO Research Director Candidates

Strategic Basic Research Programs are JST programs for top-down promotion of directed basic research in strategic, prioritized fields of science and technology to achieve national policy objectives, and their purpose is to stimulate future innovation in science and technology, and create new technologies to meet social and industrial needs.

ERATO, one of the Strategic Basic Research Program, aims to form a headstream of science and technology, and ultimately contribute to science, technology, and innovation that will change society and the economy in the future. In ERATO, a Research Director, a principal investigator of ERATO research project, establishes a new research base in Japan and recruits young researchers to implement his or her challenging research project within a limited time frame.

Here, JST seeks nominations of ERATO Research Director candidates who can lead next ERATO projects.

Please read through the Guideline for Nominators or information described below.

We hope that outstanding and competitive researchers will be nominated from research communities.

Deadline to Submit Nomination

JST accepts e-mail nominations throughout the year.

All nominations received by 12:00 (noon) on December 28, 2016 (Wed.) will be considered as ERATO Research Director candidates for the FY2017 ERATO selection.

Eligibility for Nominators

Important Note; Self nominations for ERATO Research Directors are NOT acceptable.

Any individual with research & development (R&D) experience as an employee at a university, public research institute, or R&D section of a private sector firm is eligible to submit nominations. Please note that JST accepts ONLY FIVE (5) nominations from any one nominator.

※Nomination forms submitted are not returned.

※Nomination forms are not directly disclosed to the nominees and external experts for the selection of ERATO Research Directors.

Eligibility for Nominees (Criteria for ERATO Research Director Candidates)

Before submitting nominations, please consider whether each nominee meets the following criteria for ERATO Research Directors.

○The nominee should be an outstanding and competent scientist who is qualified to lead an ERATO Project.

・Is the nominee an ambitious researcher who can address unique and original research with global foresight and become a pioneer to lead innovative changes in the world? ・Does the nominee have his or her own philosophy and a long-term vision for the research Is he or she capable of getting things done for innovation? ○The nominee should be capable of leadership and be a person who can inspire young scientists.

・Is the nominee capable of leadership and willing to integrate expertise in a wide range of research fields into an ERATO project? ・Does the nominee motivate young researchers with enthusiasm and have them give full scope to their talents and responsibilities?


For more information on completed and ongoing ERATO projects, please refer to the following web pages.

– List of Completed Research Projects


– List of Ongoing Research Projects