2017 Application Guidelines for IMEG Travel Support Program

2017.04.07 ●News

2017 Application Guidelines for
Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (IMEG) Travel Support Program



Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (IMEG), Kumamoto University plays an important role as a joint research center. Research results, technologies, analytical techniques, and related information are integral to our exchanges with researchers from outside of the institute. To further facilitate these joint activities, applications for FY2017 travel support & collaborative research are now being accepted. FY2017 travel support applications will be continuously available until December 31st to support prompt initiation of collaborative research activities.

Successful applicants may use analysis equipment on the same footing as the host laboratory. Analysis equipment, including a mass spectrometer (Thermo Fisher Q-Exactive), high-speed sequencers (Life Technology IonProton & Illumina NextSeq), single cell PCR, InCell analyzer, automatic in situ hybridization system, etc., are available for use. Part of the cost of using this equipment may be added to the travel expenses request; please feel free to apply for this assistance. Generally, support for analysis costs is 100,000 yen, with an increase to 200,000 yen for special circumstances. Additionally, since usage fees that exceed the support amount are billed to host researchers, pre-approval by the host researcher is necessary.

Please refer to the following URLs and consult with your host researcher carefully before applying.


1.Travel Expense Support Fields

(1)Developmental Regulation
Aims to clarify the mechanisms of developmental/regenerative phenomena and the onset/defense mechanisms of human diseases from the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels. Includes: epigenetics, protein functions, cell communication mechanisms, DNA damage repair mechanisms, etc.

(2)Stem Cell Research
Aims to clarify the control mechanism of ES cells, iPS cells, tissue stem cells, etc. for regenerative medicine. Includes: manipulation of various stem cells, differentiation mechanisms, function of differentiated cells, etc.

Aims to clarify the basic principles of controlling organ formation via three-dimensional structures. Includes: the production and development mechanisms of organs using model organisms such as genetically modified mice.
  Interdisciplinary issues spanning multiple areas may also be considered.


2.Application eligibility

As of 1 April 2017, faculty members or researchers of universities and research institutes in Japan or overseas are eligible. (Graduate students cannot be representatives, but they can be added as members of the research team.)


3.Required expenses

Support for transportation expenses and accommodation expenses (about 2 nights / 3 days per visit) necessary for the visit of collaborative researchers (for domestic researchers, up to 100,000 yen) will be provided. Multiple visits may be performed with this amount. An additional 100,000 yen may be added to the travel expenses to cover usage costs of the analysis equipment. If travel expenses exceeding the upper limit are required, such as visits from overseas or if the research will clearly yield a high impact, support beyond the upper limit may be possible. (Please clearly indicate the necessity on the application form.)


4.Support organization and application deadline

Visitation Period: Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.

Application Period: 1 April 2017 to 31 December 2017

NOTE: The application may close early if the number of accepted applications reaches the limit before the last day of the application period.


5.Application method

Applicants wishing to initiate a collaborative research project should make an appointment with an IMEG host faculty member in advance and then apply using the document listed below.

<<Document to be submitted>>
・2017 Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (IMEG) Travel Expense Support Application Form
 MS WORD Format  PDF Format


6.Application Submission

Administrative Division of Research Centers for Life Sciences , Kumamoto University
2-2-1 Honjo, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, 860-0811

TEL 096-373-6637
FAX 096-373-6638
E-mail  iys-senter*
(Please replace the “*” with the “@” sign.)

Please convert the application form (Form 3) to PDF format and submit it via email. Please use the subject “IMEG Collaborative Research Application (Applicant Name)” in the email.



We will inform the applicant whether or not they have been accepted after deliberation by the IMEG Management Council.