U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP)

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U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP)

Purpose: To promote scientist exchange, training, and research collaborations between neuroscientists from the U.S. and Japan. This administrative supplement program provides funds to currently active research grants that are supported by one of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

The U.S. component of the BRCP supports the following activities:

  • Visit of U.S. scientists to conduct collaborative research and/or acquire advanced research skills at a Japan institution

  • U.S.-Japan joint workshops on topics relevant to the mission of the BRCP 

All applicants must have a currently active NIH grant from one of the participating NIH Institutes/Centers


Application Due Dates:  September 18, 2024, September 18, 2025         

For inquiries related to the program, contact the U.S. - Japan BRCP Team at: USJapanBRCP1@ninds.nih.gov


2023 U.S. Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP): Networking Session
The OGHHD hosted the 2023 Networking Session which was held in conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting.

Program Overview

An agreement on “Cooperation in Research and Development in Science and Technology” was signed by the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Japan on May 1, 1980, and has subsequently been renewed and extended. Under the umbrella of this Agreement, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), Okazaki National Research Institutes, Japan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP) on November 29, 2000. Since the inception of the U.S. BRCP in 2002, the NIH has successfully supported U.S. neuroscientists’ collaborative activities at Japanese institutions, and joint workshops in the neurosciences. The Japan entity of the BRCP has been active since 2001. Details of the program are available at the Japan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program webpage. For additional information, please see the following: (NOT-NS-23-092)



Program Awards

U.S. - Japan BRCP Administrative Supplements Awards
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Fiscal Year Administrative Supplement U.S. Investigator U.S. & Japan Institutions Application Type NIH Funding IC
2021 US-Japan Joint Workshop on the Neurovascular Unit Ken Arai, Ph.D. Massachusetts General Hospital (U.S.); National Institute for Physiological Sciences (Japan) Workshop NINDS
2020 The Efferent Synapse in Enteroendocrine Cells Diego Bohorquez, Ph.D. Duke University (U.S.); Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University (Japan) Collaboration NCCIH
2020 Modulation Effects of Imagined Acupuncture and No Touch Placebo Acupuncture Jian Kong, M.D. Massachusetts General Hospital (U.S.); Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences (Japan) Collaboration NCCIH
2020 Seizure Engram Robert Gross, Ph.D., M.D. Emory University (U.S.); Osaka University (Japan) Collaboration NINDS
2019 Advances in Development and Function of Neural Circuits and Behavior Hirofumi Morishita, Ph.D., M.D. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (U.S.); Kobe University (Japan) Workshop NIMH
2019 Decoupling Neural and Vascular Functional Pathology in Individuals at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease David Salat, Ph.D. Massachusetts General Hospital (U.S.); Kyoto University (Japan) Collaboration NIA

*The Administrative Supplement links to the Parent Award abstract.



For inquiries related to the program, contact the U.S. - Japan BRCP Team at: USJapanBRCP1@ninds.nih.gov