EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core Collaboration in Advanced Functional Materials

EPSRC, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Research Councils, is seeking Expressions of Interest for participation in the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core programme. The JSPS Core-to-Core programme is designed to create world-class research hubs in fields considered to be cutting-edge and internationally important in Japan. Hubs are built and operated through sustainable collaborative relations established among research/education institutions in Japan and around the world. The programme does not set its own priority research areas.

Funds from JSPS for research groups in Japan are available for up to five years for multilateral research projects, seminars, research exchanges and collaborations. Hub collaborations are expected to continue after funding has ended.

This year, the EPSRC is opening a call for applications in the area of 'Advanced Functional Materials', as a matched fund for UK researchers to collaborate with Japanese researchers supported under the JSPS Core-to-Core programme.


International research collaboration and cooperation is a route to maintain the high quality of research output, tackle large scale global research challenges and share expertise. Over the past few years, targeted investments by EPSRC have helped facilitate growing collaborations between Japan and UK based researchers, with collaboration within the area of Advanced Functional Materials being particularly strong.

The Core-to-Core programme is an opportunity to build on previous investment in joint initiatives between Japan and the UK. Furthermore, the programme will build on established collaborations between key groups as well as developing new ones in the area of advanced functional materials.

Areas of collaboration are expected to be predominantly within the remit of EPSRC’s Physical Sciences theme. Therefore, proposals must principally focus on the physical science of materials rather than their incorporation into devices or use in other applications.

Collaborations are welcome in any areas of advanced functional materials provided they fit within the remit of EPSRC’s “Physical Sciences” theme. For example, functional oxides, 2D materials, graphene, electronic structure of materials, polymer materials, and materials for energy applications. Applications to support collaboration focussed on ‘Digital design, characterisation and realisation of novel functional materials’ are particularly encouraged. This focus complements recent EPSRC investments in development of functional materials and contributes to the EPSRC Priority Framework.