Call for Applications HeKKSaGOn Working Group Projects

The bilateral Japanese-German consortium HeKKSaGOn, to which Tohoku University is affiliated, promotes exchanges between Japanese and German universities through the exchange of faculty members and students and also through joint research between member universities conducted in Japan and Germany.
We are pleased to inform you that, in line with our support for joint research conducted with member universities, a call has been opened for new working group projects as detailed below.


If you would like to apply, please discuss the content of your application with collaborators from other member universities, and have a representative of your group submit your application to the address below by Wednesday, September 9, 2020.


Recruitment guidelines and Application Form


Priority areas

Research that falls under one or more of the following disciplines:

  1. Transcultural studies and the transformation of cultural heritage
  2. Data science, digitization, and artificial intelligence
  3. Health, well-being, safe and resilient societies
  4. Engineering molecular systems and bio-imaging

Collaborators must be from at least 3 member universities (at least one must be from both Japan and Germany)


Funding period

For up to 3 years from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2023

Nature of the Funding

The total amount that Tohoku University plans to provide in funding for all projects will be 1 million yen for each year, and the amount provided to each project will be determined by how many projects are selected (up to a maximum of 6). For details on restrictions on how the funding may be used, please see the Annex to the Application Guidelines or contact the Global Engagement Division.

Number of projects to be adopted

Between 4 and 6

Application deadline

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 (Japan time)

How to apply

The group representative (Lead coordinator) should submit

(1) the Application Form, and (2) the Financial Plan Breakdown

by email to 1) the Kyoto University International Affairs Division and to 2) the representative’s own university.


If the representative is a faculty member from Tohoku University, the application form and financial plan breakdown should be submitted to both of the following:

1) Kyoto University International Affairs Division:

Yuka Yano

International Affairs Division, Kyoto University





2) Global Engagement Division, Tohoku University



The HeKKSaGOn Alliance

The Japanese-German University Consortium HeKKSaGOn, founded in 2010, is a bilateral university network composed of three Japanese and three German major universities whose aim is to promote exchange between Japan and Germany through activities such as research staff/student exchange, joint research, workshops and summer schools.
HeKKSaGOn: Heidelberg, Kyoto, Karlsruhe, Tohoku (in Sendai), Göttingen, Osaka – network


Member Institutions

(Germany) Heidelberg University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), University of Göttingen
(Japan) Tohoku University, Kyoto University, Osaka University