Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS): Inviting applications for ‘Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award)’ to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and related industries in developing regions, which is promoted by Japan for the benefit of those countries.

Funding brief: This annual award, which began in 2007, is organized and presented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan. Its purpose is to increase motivation among young researchers contributing to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and related industries in developing regions, which is promoted by Japan for the benefit of those countries. Up to three young researchers who have shown outstanding performance in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or related industries for a developing region, and who show great promise

Outstanding achievements in research and development that will lead to future technological innovation in agriculture, forestry, fisheries or related industries for a developing area, and who show great promise Will be invited to Japan to attend the commendation ceremony this November and accept their awards and cash gifts (US$5,000 will be given per awardee).

Research Criteria: The award covers research areas in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions, including the industry sector of food and the field of environment.

Donor Name: Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
Funding name: Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award) 2018

Deadline: May, 18th, 2018 (Friday)

Funding details link: https://www.jircas.go.jp/en/young_award/2018

Funding limit: The award winners will be invited to Japan to receive their awards personally and present their research results and achievements. The winners will be bestowed a testimonial by the Chairman of the AFFRC during the commendation ceremony and will also receive a cash prize of US$5,000 each from JIRCAS. Up to three award winners will be named.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● 
Should be under the age of 40 (as of January 1, 2018);
● Should be researchers who have the nationality of developing countries and/or territories, belong to a non-Japanese research institute or a non-Japanese university;
● Should be engaged in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions;
● Must be able to attend the commendation ceremony and deliver a lecture on November, 6th, 2018.

● Candidates should be researchers who have the nationality of developing countries and/or territories, are under 40 years old as of January 01, 2018, belong to a non-Japanese research institute or a non-Japanese university, are engaged in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions, and fall under any of the following criteria (Note: Those who have applied for and missed the award in previous years are eligible to re-apply).
(a) Those who have shown outstanding performance in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or related industries for a developing region, and who show great promise.
(b) Those who have shown outstanding achievements in research and development that will lead to future technological innovation in agriculture, forestry, fisheries or related industries for a developing region, and who show great promise.

Eligible Country: Developing countries and/or Territories

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● 
Guideline: https://www.jircas.go.jp/sites/default/files/Guideline-2018_en.pdf
● Form: https://www.jircas.go.jp/sites/default/files/Form1-2018_en.doc
● Form 2: Self-Advertisement Sheet: https://www.jircas.go.jp/sites/default/files/Form2-2018_en.doc
● Form 3: List of Research Achievements: https://www.jircas.go.jp/sites/default/files/Form3-2018_en.doc
● Inquiry form: http://pursue.dc.affrc.go.jp/form/fm/jircas/other_inquiry
● Instructions in the Preparation of Application Forms: https://www.jircas.go.jp/sites/default/files/Instruction_in_preparation-2018_en.pdf

How to apply:
● Submit applications and inquiry by post to Secretariat of the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers, Public Relations Office, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), 1-1, Ohwashi Tsukuba City, Ibaraki 305-8686 Japan.

● Applications must be prepared according to the “Instructions in the Preparation of Application Forms” and submitted by the recommending institute by post. Moreover, word-processed files of each form must be submitted by the recommending institute via email as they will be used for the preparation of a short-list.
● Only one researcher can be recommended from each institute, including its branches.
● If an institute recommends two candidates or more, the Secretariat will ask the institute to choose one. If the institute does not respond by the due date, all applications from that institute will be excluded.
● The application must include supporting materials that substantiate the candidate’s achievements, such as the applicant’s most important research papers (three items), technical handbooks, patent applications or utility models, newspaper articles etc., and the entire publication list directly related to the applicant’s research.
● Applications that are insufficient or incorrect will be excluded from the evaluation.

● 
All documents must be submitted by post. However, Word-processed files of
each document should also be submitted by the recommending institute via email
as they will be used for the preparation of a short list. Your personal
information acquired from the application form or its electronic file will be handled
appropriately within the scope of the purposes of use. Inquiry on this instruction
should be made via e-mail (jaward2018@ml.affrc.go.jp).

(1) Letter of Recommendation by the candidate’s supervisor, if the
recommending institute is different from the institute to which the candidate
belongs. (Form is not specified.)
(2) Letter of Recommendation by affiliate Japanese researchers or Institute (s),
if any. (Form is not specified.)

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