A Japanese funding agency established in 1932, JSPS promotes the advance of academic research in all scientific disciplines. They also run several programmes for scientific cooperation along side their various counterpart foreign academic institutions. Their main functions are funding research initiatives, supporting the next generation of scientists, promoting university reform and advancing international collaboration.
One of ten overseas offices worldwide, the London branch was founded in 1994 to support UK-Japan research collaboration and strengthen UK and Japanese university connections. Their work focusses on higher education, aiming to develop productive relationships between academic researchers of the UK and Japan through a wide range of activities. Their primary aim is to ‘foster a relationship of confidence and trust in the international scientific community,’ in order to develop ‘knowledge and technological breakthroughs’ to counteract global issues.