A Career-Defining Opportunity for Medical Research and Development

The Interstellar Initiative

Young Stars of Science Tackle the World’s Most Critical Medical Challenges

The Japanese Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and the Academy are now accepting applications for The Interstellar Initiative 2022‑2023.

Designed to foster international, cross‑disciplinary research collaboration, Interstellar participants work together in teams to solve a fundamental challenge in human health and disease. Applications must be submitted by May 24, 2022, to be considered for this prestigious program.

Successful candidates are grouped into teams designed to stimulate collaboration and innovation. Each team is supported by a mentor whose experience and wisdom guide the development of a stress‑tested research proposal. Team members meet formally twice over six months and work together informally between the two workshops.

“International collaboration isn’t new to most of us, but the way we collaborated in the context of The Interstellar Initiative is very different. There are cultures of collaboration that you have to integrate in order to work together, and this is something I may not have experienced if it wasn’t for this program.”

Eleni Gourgou, PhD
University of Michigan

If you are looking to grow professionally by solving a significant problem in health and human disease with a group of exceptionally talented and motivated cross‑disciplinary early career researchers from around the globe, The Interstellar Initiative is for you!

Click on the button below for eligibility requirements and to begin your application.

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