Guidelines for Collaborative Research Project Application:
The Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation (IMCR)
Joint/Usage Research Program Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
The Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation (IMCR) is Japan’s only basic research center in the field of endocrinology and metabolism approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. Responding to social demand, IMCR aims for high-quality basic medical research on lifestyle-related diseases such as metabolic syndrome. IMCR has already carried on many collaborative projects undertaken upon request from the scientific community. IMCR calls for further applications for “IMCR Joint/Usage Program FY 2017” in the research field of endocrine/metabolic disorders.
Before submission of collaborative projects for “IMCR Joint/Usage Program FY 2017”, the applicant must contact the prospective collaborator at IMCR about the details of the project and get their consent.
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Please read the following guidelines regarding the application of collaborative research projects:
1. Eligibility for applicants
The applicant must be a researcher at a university or public research institute and must hold an academic degree comparable to a doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent), or must have attained an equivalent academic qualification via research and academic publications.
*Graduate students are NOT eligible to apply, but are eligible to participate as collaborators to their supervisors.
2. Period of joint research/usage
Supported period: 1 year (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018)
*Support period can be extended up to 3 years. However, an application for extension is required for each fiscal year.
3. Application procedure
The applicant must submit Form 1 (Application form) and Form 2 (Written consent) to IMCR General Affairs Section by the deadline given below.
The required forms can be downloaded from the “Application forms” section.
*Form 2 (Written consent) should have a signature of the dean of the department or of the head of the institute to which the applicant belongs.
**Please note that before submission of the required forms, the applicant must obtain the consent of the prospective collaborative researcher at IMCR.
February 17, 2017.
5. Selection and notification of selected candidates
This program offers applicants the opportunity to collaborate with researchers at IMCR, and up to 30 projects are accepted per year. We plan to prioritize the selection of following projects:
(1) Research projects on diabetes- or obesity-related studies (maximum of 2 projects and 800,000 yen).
(2) Research projects from young (less than 39 years old) or female researchers (maximum of 4 projects and 500,000 yen).
(3) Research projects from foreign researchers (maximum of 4 projects and 500,000 yen).
(4) Research projects on drug development and innovative studies (maximum of 2 projects and 800,000 yen).
The result of selection will be informed to each applicant via e-mail.
6. Annual report submission
An annual progress report for each project must be submitted by April 30, 2018. Upon submission of research articles related to grant-in-aid from this joint/usage research program, please state the following sentence or equivalent in Acknowledgements; “This work was carried out by the joint/usage research program of the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Gunma University”.
*Please bear in mind that all the progress reports will be published on the website of IMCR. Thus, applicants should submit their progress reports with particular attention to unpublished data and intellectual property-related conflicts.
7. Intellectual property rights
The attribution of intellectual property rights should be determined by consultation between the applicant and his/her collaborator at IMCR.
For further information related to the IMCR program, please contact:
Mr. Tomokazu Kaneko or Mr. Hiroshi Hayakawa
General Affairs Division, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Gunma University