Tokyo - Princeton


Princeton and the University of Tokyo provide resources to build durable ties through faculty-designed collaborations, creating the capacity for faculty and students to enhance and sustain academic cooperation by moving back and forth across national borders with the institutional support of their home and host universities.

The University of Tokyo - Princeton Strategic Partnership supports departments, programs, and centers seeking resources to sustain on-going transnational research and teaching collaborations and invites proposals from faculty that promote collaborations between the two institutions.

Call for Proposals 

Bilateral collaborative research and teaching ventures should include a balanced representation of scholars from both institutions. Applicants are required to meet any national requirements for funding and follow the general regulations of their respective university. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.  

All inquiries for Princeton undergraduate and graduate exchanges and study abroad should be directed to: 

Types of Proposals

Two types of proposals will be considered:

  • Seed grants to enable clusters of faculty and graduate students to convene to explore prospects for future collaborations including external funding opportunities. 
    • Maximum support: $10,000.  
  • Large grants for three years activity. 
    • Maximum support: $300,000.  


A Joint Governance Committee comprised of faculty and senior administrators from both universities will review and consider proposals for awards.  Refer here for the list of the Committee members on the Princeton side.

Please refer to the call for proposals links below for details. 

Past Awards

  • Nathaniel Daw, Princeton University, Princeton Neuroscience Institute & Department of Psychology, and Mingbo Cai, University of Tokyo, International Research Center for Neurointelligence. Developing Novel Deep Learning Tools for Computational Psychiatry.
  • Jia Deng, Princeton University, Department of Computer Science, and Tatsuya Harada, University of Tokyo, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology. 4D Geometric Understanding of Videos
  • James Raymo and Yu Xie, Princeton University, Department of Sociology. Sawako Shirahase and Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo. Demography and Inequality in East Asia.
  • Guy Nordenson, Princeton University, School of Architecture and Jin Sato, University of Tokyo. Coastal Transformation for Resilience.
  • Kaushik Sengupta, Princeton University, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Tadahiro Kuroda, University of Tokyo. Enabling a Wirelessly Connected Ecosystem of Intelligent Chip-scale Point-of-care and Ingestible Health Sensors.
  • Masaaki Yamada, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Yasushi Ono, University of Tokyo. Educational Partnership for Plasma Sciences and Applications.
2019 - 2020
  • Jonathan Levine, Princeton University, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and  Masato Yamamichi, University of Tokyo, Department of General Systems Studies .  Coexistence theory for rapidly evolving species
  • Lawrence Ralph, Princeton University, Department of Anthropology and  Hidenori Watanave, University of Tokyo, Interfaculty Initiative In Information Studies.  Policing, Public Space, and Democracy
  • David W.C. MacMillan, Princeton University, Department of Chemistry and Shu Kobayash, University of Tokyo, Department of Chemistry.  Development of Heterogeneous Photocatalysts for Continuous-Flow Synthesis of Fine Chemicals
  • Sigrid Adriaenssens, Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Jun Sato, University of Tokyo, Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies.  Innovation of efficient structural forms inspired by Art and Nature
2018 - 2019
  • Aarti Gupta, Princeton University, Department of Computer Science, and Naoki Kobayashi, UTokyo, Department of Computer Science. Formal verification of functional programs
2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017
2015 - 2016
2014 - 2015
2013 -2014

PIIRS Contact

Rachel Golden, Institute Coordinator, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.