JSPS US AA Seminar Program 2019 (1st application call)

The JSPS Washington Office has announced the names of the next two awardees for the 2019 year JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program.  We offer our congratulations to:

  • Prof. Sumith Ranil Wickramasinghe Raffi, Ross E. Martin Endowed Chair in Emerging Technologies, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas

    Prof. Sumith Ranil Wickramasinghe Raffi 's research interests are in membrane science and technology. His research focuses on synthetic membrane-based separation processes for purification of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, treatment and reuse of water and for the production of biofuels. Typical unit operations include:  microfiltration, ultrafiltration, virus filtration, nanofiltration, membrane extraction etc. A current research focus is surface modification of membranes in order to impart unique surface properties. His group is actively developing responsive membranes.  These membranes change their physical properties in response to changed environmental conditions. A second research focus is the development of catalytic membranes for biomass hydrolysis by grafting catalytic groups to the membrane surface.

    This seminar, titled "Advanced Membranes and Membranes Based Separation Processes," will take place on May 16, 2019, at Inn at Carnall Hall, 465 N Arkansas Ave, Fayetteville, AR, with a 'Welcome reception' on  May 15 from 8:00-9:30 p.m.  Among the speakers will be Prof. Hideto Matsuyama, Center for Membrane and Film Technology, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Japan.  The seminar's agenda is available here.

    Now available: final report on seminar organized by Dr. Wickramasinghe
  • Dr. Duy H. Hua, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University

    Dr. Hua’s research interests include the discovery of new catalytic asymmetric oxidation reactions to advance the fields of synthetic organic, medicinal, and material chemistry.  His group discovered a new class of chiral polymers for stabilization of bimetallic nanoclusters such as palladium/gold or copper/gold as chiral catalysts in the synthesis of chiral molecules including chiral drugs and complex bioactive natural products.  His interests also encompass the discovery and development of small molecules for Alzheimer’s disease and detection of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer using electronic biosensors based on carbon-nanofiber nanoelectrode-array platform.

    This seminar, titled "Designing Molecules," will take place on August 16, 2019, at the Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, and among the speakers will be Prof. Kiyosei Takasu, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Japan.  The seminar's agenda is available here.

    Now available: final report on seminar organized by Dr. Hua
Also, be sure to look below at more information about this new Seminar Program.



The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Washington Office provides a program for the members of the US JSPS Alumni Association to support academic seminars organized by Association members to promote the objectives of the Association. This program, called the JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program, aims to fulfill the following three objectives:
  1. Foster and encourage the Association members to maintain and develop relationships with researchers in Japan.
  2. Organize events that enhance communication among the Association members and with researchers in Japan.
  3. Support other academic activities initiated by the Association members.
Targeted Research Fields

The applicable research fields supported by this seminar program include any fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; however, it does not support subjects related to military affairs.


Eligibility for this seminar program is limited to applicants who meet the following conditions:
  • Be a regular member of the US JSPS Alumni Association.
  • Be a researcher affiliated with a research organization in the US.

Approximately four seminars will be supported in any given fiscal year and the amount of funding will be determined by review of the application, but each seminar will have a maximum funding level of $5,000 other than costs for a Japanese researcher. Further details about the terms of funding, the requirements for applications, selection criteria, and other information are found in the seminar program Application Guidelines document available here as a PDF file.

Application Procedure

Applications for the seminar program are now being accepted and all forms (see below) in addition to other requested support documents must be received by the JSPS Washington Office by February 22, 2019.

Note that this is the 1st application call for the FY2019 JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program and your proposed seminar should be held between May 2019 and September 2019.  

The application procedure is as follows:

First, please make sure to register as an US JSPS Alumni Association member before applying to this seminar program.   All applicants must first complete their member registration by February 22, 2019, in order to apply.

Next, the applicant must download, complete, and submit the following required documents:
  1. Application for JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program (Form A) (download) with two main parts:
    I) Applicant Information
    II) Outline of the Workshop/Seminar
  2. Proposed Budget Plan Requested from JSPS (Form B) (download)
  3. CV and publication list of the applicant (in any format)
  4. CV and publication list of the researcher from Japan (in any format)
Submission of your application must be made to the JSPS Washington Office (email address: seminar [at] jspsusa.org) with the above material sent as email attachments.  We ask that the documents used in your application be formatted to 'letter size' paper; furthermore, the size and format of the Form A document may NOT be altered by the applicant.

Please read the seminar program Application Guidelines document - available here as a PDF file - before submitting your application.  If you have any questions, please contact the JSPS Washington Office at seminar [at] jspsusa.org.

Again, the deadline for your application to the seminar program is February 22, 2019.  Good luck!