For Researchers

If you are looking for funding for your research, please have a look at the links and news provided on this page.

Embassy funding

The Japanese Embassy in Norway have listed up several sources of funding, both supported externally and by the Japanese government.

Embassy funds and scholarships

External funds and scholarships

The Research Council of Norway

The Research Council of Norway  (Norges forskningsråd) is a Norwegian government agency responsible for awarding grants for research as well as promoting research and science.

The Research Council of Norway

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the world’s largest research and innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) -  in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from idea to market.

With its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges Horizon 2020 aims at producing world-class science, removing barriers to innovation and making it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

The programme is open to participants from all over the world. 

Horizon 2020

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

JSPS is a Japanese government organization dedicated to promotion and funding of science and researchers.

The site regularly publishes calls for funding opportunities.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


NOK 18 million earmarked for research on Societal Security

NOK 18 million earmarked for research on Societal Security

The SAMRISK programme (The Research Council of Norway) is seeking grant proposals for research projects in two thematic priority areas:

  1. Societal considerations: dilemmas and conflicting objectives
  2. Prevention and preparedness

The overall objective of the SAMRISK II programme is to generate new knowledge and a deeper understanding of the risk and threats facing society and the capability within society to deal with and maintain critical societal functions and safeguard the life, health and basic needs of citizens during events involving major stressors. Research activities under the programme must be designed to strengthen the overall resilience of society and improve prevention, preparedness, rescue services, crisis management and learning.

Deadline:15.02.2017 13:00 CET

The project must:

  • be interdisciplinary. It is important that humanities subjects and traditions are given a key role. Psychological, legislative and economic perspectives are also relevant in this context.
  • be based on the national and international state of the art in the areas the project intends to explore. The ways in which the project builds upon existing knowledge must be clearly explained. Grant applications that share a significant degree of overlap with ongoing research projects will not be given priority.
  • incorporate international cooperation with foreign research groups and/or researchers, for instance through research stays abroad, visiting researchers or links with relevant research projects. Specific plans for cooperation must be described.
  • have a plan for user involvement to increase the likelihood that the results will be utilized.

It is desirable that other partners / users are involved in the project where appropriate.

For more information, you can read about the call in English and Norwegian.

Postdoktorstipend til Japan (Norwegian only)

Postdoktorstipend til Japan (Norwegian only)

Forskningsrådet lyser ut to postdoktorstipend il Japan innen humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap, naturvitenskap eller teknologi på vegne av Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Søknadsfrist: 23.11.2016 13:00 CET

JSPS-programmet skal bidra til å etablere og utvide kontakten mellom norske og japanske forskningsinstitusjoner. Forskerutvekslingen bygger på en samarbeidsavtale mellom Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) og Forskningsrådet.

Forskningsrådet innstiller hvert år to norske postdoktorer til JSPS’ postdoktorstipend i Japan (Standard Postdoctoral Fellowship i Japan FY2017).

Stipendet kan søkes av norske postdoktorer som

  • er tilknyttet en norsk forskningsinstitusjon
  • på forhånd har knyttet kontakt og avtalt et faglig opplegg med forskere i Japan
  • har avlagt doktorgrad i løpet av de siste seks år
  • arbeider innen humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap, naturvitenskap og teknologi

Har du tidligere mottatt postdoktorstipend fra JSPS, kan du ikke søke igjen.

Følgende støtte kan tildeles:

  • Flybillett tur-retur Japan (etter JSPS’ reiseregulativ)
  • En månedlig kompensasjon på 362 000 yen
  • Et etableringstilskudd på 200 000 yen
  • Reise-, ulykkes- og sykeforsikring

Stipend kan søkes for 12-24 måneder. Postdoktoroppholdene må starte opp i tidsrommet 1. april til 30. november 2017.



INTPART announces NOK 81,5 million funding for partnerships with Japan and eight other countries!

During the estimated period 2015–2020, International partnerships for excellent education and research (INTPART) announces NOK 81,5 million as available funds in order to promote the development of long-term relations between Norwegian higher education and research institutions and high-quality academic environments/research groups in the eight priority countries Japan, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Russia, South Africa or the USA. The objective of the INTPART programme is to develop world-class research and education in Norway.

Want to apply for INTPART’s funding? Click here!

Funding from the INTPART programme may be sought by Norwegian universities, university colleges or other Norwegian research institutions. Some calls for proposals may be targeted towards particular target groups under these categories.

INTPART is a Research Council and SIU collaboration.

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NANO2021 creates mobility for Phd- and post-Phd researchers

Young researchers in FOXCET: Back row from the left: Tarjei, Ida, Min and Rokas. In front: Carlos and Laura. (Foto: NTNU)

Under the FOXCET program financed by NANO2021, three of six researchers from SINTEF, NTNU and UiO will go to Japan. At Tohoku University in Sendai, Kyushu University, and National Institute of Material Science (NIMS) respectively, they will do experiments, research, work and network with leading researchers, as well as strengthen institutional bonds in Norway and Japan.

Read more here (article in Norwegian).

Responsible robots: Safety and productivity through situation awareness and risk perception

Responsible robots: Safety and productivity through situation awareness and risk perception


Audun Sanderud. Photo: Line Hamre.

Japan is known for advanced robotics technology. Audun Sanderud from the Trondheim based robotics company PPM defended in January his PhD at Chuo University in Tokyo, a unique way to get closer to the Japanese market. In his research work Sanderud has looked at a novel approach to safe and productive Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC), “Responsible Robots” – robots that share the responsibility for the productivity and safety in the interaction with human co-workers.

No longer should humans have the full responsibility to set proper safety rules for robots – it should be a joint venture between man and machine to avoid hazardous situations. In order to realize this, it is necessary to enhance the situation awareness of robotic systems by adopting risk perception, Sanderud states in his thesis summary. As a result, the Responsible Robots should “act proactively against dangers and it can in this way plan when to execute its different tasks to ensure the safety of the human operator while being productive.”

Reactive safety systems don’t avoid danger, but react when a danger is imminent. Not only do these situations feel disturbing for the human operator and breaks his/her concentration, but the robots themselves are forced to interrupt their tasks in order to avoid the humans. By enhancing the situation awareness through risk perception, Responsible Robots can observe human behavior, and assess, determine, and prioritize when to do a task based on its risk at that moment in time. It is safer, more productive and more comfortable for the human operator since the robot adapts to the operator’s work pattern, according to the thesis from Sanderud.

Studies in Japan
Taking a full PhD at a Japanese university is not main-stream for young Norwegians. The position of PPM in the Japanese market and its collaboration with Chuo University, as well as Japan’s reputation within robotic research were important factors for Sanderud.

–          When I was offered the PhD project at PPM I was more or less presented with a map of the world and asked where I wanted to go. We had some collaboration with universities in the UK, Hungary, Germany and Japan, and I was also tempted to go back to UC Berkeley where I did my exchange studies during my MSc. PPM had back then fully started the partnership with NACHI Fujikoshi after many years of negotiations, so the Japanese market was very hot for us. This, combined with Japan’s well-deserved reputation on robotic research, was enough for me to make up my mind, says Sanderud.

He does not regret his choice of leaving for Japan and expresses it has been extremely rewarding in many ways, such as people’s perception of robotics:

–          It is rather interesting to see HOW Japanese think about robots. While skepticism can be met in Europe, in Japan it’s more common the hear excitement and questions about when the robots are ready to assist their old grandmother. For me, keeping one foot in each of these mindsets have been very rewarding and helped me see robotics from different perspectives at the same time. Combining industrial thinking with academic thinking has also been a strong motivating factor for me, Sanderud adds.

Being proficient in Japanese language is not a prerequisite for studying in Japan according to his experience.

–          The cultural dimension really puts our traditional ways of doing things in a different perspective. I have great experience with studying in Japan, it really broadens your mind and exclusively good for you, underlines Sanderud.

He especially emphasizes how important understanding the cultural aspects is in international business and believes his experiences and development of personal relations to key technology and industry drivers in Japan will be valuable to PPM.

–          Our strategic partnerships and network in Japan have been door openers also to other countries, in Europe and Asia. Many companies have tremendous respect for the fact that we have been able to partner with a Japanese company, Sanderud ends.

His ability to understand what it takes to succeed and his personal network in Japan has for sure been an important investment for PPM and shown the Norwegian robotics footprint.

February 18, 2016 : Dalsveien 36, 0775 Oslo, Norway

An Alumni Gathering at the Residence of Ambassador Kunikata

Dear NorAlumni Japan members,

We are happy to forward to you an invitation from the Embassy of Japan:


Dear friend of Japan,

On a regular interval, the Embassy of Japan hosts gatherings for former exchange students and other friends of Japan. Among the invited are former Monbusho/MEXT scholarship recipients, prize winners in the Embassy’s Japanese speech contests, former participants in invitational programs administered by the Embassy, and all members of NOR Alumni Japan. This is because we appreciate the important contribution that you make in strengthening the ties between Norway and Japan.

This year, Toshio Kunikata, Japan’s Ambassador to Norway, has the pleasure to invite you to:
An Alumni Gathering at the Residence of Ambassador Kunikata
Location: Dalsveien 36, 0775 Oslo
Time: Thursday February 18th, 2016 at 17:30 – 19:30

Ambassador Kunikata will be present and there will be ample opportunity to taste delicious Japanese food, and get to know the other participants better.

If you wish to attend the gathering, kindly send a registration containing the following information to the Embassy of Japan by February 9th:

(1)    Name

(2)    Which of the following categories you belong to:

1.       Monbusho/MEXT scholarship

2.       Study Tour of Japan participant

3.       Japan-Europe High School Student Exchange Program participant
4.       Speech contest prize winner

5.       NOR Alumni Japan member

(3)    If you were an exchange student: To what university and department, and what field were you studying?

(4)    Your e-mail address, mobile telephone number and post address

(5)    Current activity (work, studies, other)

Please contact the Information Section at the Embassy of Japan (tel. 22 01 29 00, if you have any questions. We are looking forward to receiving your registration!

Registered guests will receive an invitation card at their stated post address. Please bring this invitation card on the day of the event.

Yours sincerely,

Information and Culture Section

Embassy of Japan in Norway

IK16: Internasjonalisering i omstilling
March 9, 2016 : Stavanger, Norway

IK16: Internasjonalisering i omstilling

Internasjonaliseringskonferansen 2016

Internasjonaliseringskonferansen er den mest sentrale møteplassen for alle som jobber med internasjonalisering av høyere utdanning i Norge. Konferansen er en årlig begivenhet som arrangeres i samarbeid mellom SIU, universiteter og høyskoler. Målgruppen i hovedsak rettet mot norske universitet og høyskoler. IK har et faglig spennende program for alle som er interessert i internasjonalisering. Her diskuteres trender, strategier, programmer, virkemidler og mye erfaringsutveksling.   Tema for IK16 er “Internasjonalisering i omstilling”.   For mer informasjon, besøk SIUs hjemmeside.

KIFEE is strengthening research and education cooperation through INTPART

KIFEE is strengthening research and education cooperation through INTPART



Inspired by the Kyoto Protocol the Japanese-Norwegian research and education network “Kyoto International Forum for Environment and Energy” (KIFEE) was established in 2004. It has since then been an important arena for strengthening the strategic cooperation between our two countries for providing new solutions to build a sustainable future.

KIFEE has recently received funds through the program INTPART (INTernational PARTnership for outstanding education and research) from the The Research Council of Norway and Centre for Internation Cooperation in Education (SIU), to increase the institutional cooperation in the KIFEE network through increased researcher and student mobility.

Two KIFEE personalities, Prof Bjørn E. Christensen (NTNU), the coordinator on Norwegian side and Prof Geir Martin Haarberg (NTNU), one of the most active contributors to the KIFEE network visited recently the Japanese coordinator in KIFEE, Doshisha University in Kyoto, to kick-start the INPART activities. They were met by the in-coming president of Doshisha, Prof Matsuoka as well as the core of the management team to discuss ways to implement mobility schemes effectively.

– KIFEE has primarily been an arena for research collaboration, but where both education and industry always have been invited in. With INTPART project we will intensify efforts to integrate education in this cooperation. The INTPART project will contribute to more co-publications and involvement of more strong research groups in Japan that can provide us expertise, knowledge and infrastructure, says Geir Martin Haarberg, who has participated in KIFEE from the very beginning.

Prof. Bjørn E. Christensen regards the first meeting as an important milestone for the 3-year project. – We have consolidated cooperation and informed our Japanese partners about what is new in the educational context. Furthermore there is a great interest in establishing double degree programs with some of the partner universities in KIFEE who have experience with this, he says. – We will soon announce funds for the exchange of students, interns, researchers and guest professors, both ways.

Last KIFEE-8 symposium was held in Trondheim in September 2015. – We have had an exciting KIFEE-7 meeting in Kyoto (2014) and our Japanese partners are now working to prepare the program for the next KIFEE-9 symposium in Kyoto, which most probably will be 7 -10 March 2017, says Professor Geir Martin Haarberg.


The INTPART kick-off meeting participants gathering for the group photo at Doshisha University.

EURAXESS Survey of European Researchers in Japan

EURAXESS Survey of European Researchers in Japan

European (and more) researchers based in Japan:
Let your voice be heard! Participate to the EURAXESS Survey of European Researchers in Japan!

This survey which intends to draw a precise picture of the community of European researchers based in Japan through a series of questions
focused on the your current professional situation and expectations for cooperation with or mobility opportunities to Europe.

The survey also aims to achieve a better understanding of the community through exploration of the following questions:

– What brought/attracted researchers to Japan;
– How do Europe and Japan compare and contrast as research locations from the researcher’s point of view;
– What would make Europe an attractive area for research upon return from Japan; and
– Which support tools would researchers need the most in order either to facilitate their return or to engage in collaborative activities with Europe.

Based on the results of this survey, we hope that European researchers based in Japan will benefit
from a better understanding of their situation and needs by decision makers, which may lead to new measures!

Researchers from the 42 countries included in European research policies and based in Japan can participate.
(EU-28 and: Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYRO Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, and Tunisia)

We are looking forward to your input!

Online survey link (open until 30 April 2016):

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