Kyoto University Research Administration


Academic Support

Application Support for International funding

The Kyoto University Research Administration Center (KURA) actively supports researchers in applying for competitive international funding. Specifically, for large-scale European and US research funds, such as Horizon 2020, National Institutes of Health (NIH), AXA Research Fund, Human Frontier Science Program, research administrators will work together with faculty members and administrative staff in charge, provide grant information, mediate contractual processes, and review funding proposals. We also support application for travel grants and fellowships, including Harvard Yenching Program, Abe Fellowship, etc.

Overview of overseas fund acquisition support system

Application Support

Reviewing funding proposals and organizing mock interviews

We will review funding proposals and organize mock interviews in English if requested. 

Communicating with counterpart institutions and funding agencies

When you apply for a foreign fund with another principal investigator abroad, we can communicate directly with administrative staff in the counterpart institution or contact the person in charge at funding agencies to prepare necessary documents, including cover letters, collaborative research agreements, budget documents, and etc. We can also request the legal representative of Kyoto University to sign necessary documents and complete the registration process on your behalf.  
*If you plan to apply for NIH, Horizon 2020 and other grants that require Kyoto University to authorize the submission, please contact us immediately for the application support. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

Briefing sessions for foreign funds

We organize briefing sessions by inviting fund managers to the campus from the Harvard Yenching Program and Human Frontier Science Program (Japanese only). We can also search for foreign funds available for your specific field and topic if requested. 

List of foreign funds

Below is a list of foreign funds we regularly help KU researchers apply for. If you are searching for other overseas funds not listed here, please feel free to contact us at any time.

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    NIH offers funding for many types of grants and contract for medical research carried out in the U.S. and abroad
  • Horizon 2020
    The biggest EU research and innovation funding program with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
  • Human Frontier Science Program
    The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) promotes international collaboration in basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms
  • AXA Research Fund
    The science philanthropic initiative of the insurance company AXA that supports global fundamental research to understand and better prevent environmental, human life and socio-economic risks
  • Harvard Yenching Institute Visiting Scholars Program
    This program offers younger faculty members in the humanities and social sciences the opportunity to undertake 10 months of independent research at Harvard University. The proposed research project should be related to the humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on culture.
  • Abe Fellowship Program
    Research scholarship system carried out in cooperation with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) . The program aims to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of contemporary global concern and issues that require urgent attention.

Other fund information site

Contact us

Kyoto University Research Administration Center (KURA),
Foreign Fund Program Team
E-mail: foreigngrant * (Please change * to@.)