FY H30~H31 About open recruitment research grant application

Briefing session for Public call for research grant application will be held in Kyoto and Tokyo. For details, please refer to Event page.

Information on this project is posted in a table (No.37) on p.16 and p.66 of “FY H30 Grant-in-aid for scientific research project-Kakenhi-(research on innovative area・special research promotion), which can be downloaded from this page. Research plan record format S-8 and instructions for the open recruitment research can be downloaded from (2) Continued research area on the same page.

In this area, we will publicly call research proposals for further research development of each of the five core research teams (A01, B01, B02, B03, and C01). The research proposals are expected to have attractive research subjects as well as clear contribution to the achievement of our goals. Furthermore, cooperation not only with the related core research team but also with other teams should be concretely taken into account. As the whole area, we are recruiting 14 projects with a scale of 2 million yen centered on theoretical research and small-scale experiments, and 8 projects with a scale of 4 million yen centered on relatively large experimental research. Contents of open recruitment research projects solicited by each core research team, the maximum application amount (per fiscal year) and the number of projects to be accepted are as follows.

A01 Linguistic Theory (2 million yen x 6 projects)

We explore the origins and evolution of human language and communication primarily by building on the integration of generative grammar and cognitive linguistics, supplemented by phonology and historical linguistics. Open recruitment highly welcomes​ young and promising scholars doing pioneering researches in these and other areas of theoretical linguistics. Other fields relevant to A01 include: theoretical studies of human evolution, gene evolution, brain evolution linked to the biological evolution of language, and traditional approaches like comparative linguistics linked to the cultural evolution of language. Also welcomed are those studying language-related cognitive functions such as number, theory of mind, music, and morality, as well as the philosophy of science on the integration of distinct academic categories. We expect that our open recruitment researches will collaborate not only with A01 but with all other core research teams.

B01 Behavioral Biology team (2 million yen x 2 projects, 4 million yen x 2 projects)

By applying methods of comparative ethology, genomics and cognitive neuroscience to birds, rodents, primates and humans, we study the evolution of prelinguistic functions that enabled language. In the open recruitment research teams, we hope for experimental research that spans multiple methods and multiple species and fuses those findings. We also welcome researches using animal species other than ones used in the core teams, as well as entries for research introducing new technologies. Human brain function imaging that searches for prelinguistic functions of language is also subject to open recruitment as long as comparisons with other animals​ are always taken into consideration. In general, researches that would generate unique outcomes by cooperating with other teams, while belonging to this core research team, is more welcome. We particularly welcome researches that positively point out the viewpoints that are missing in the core research team and complement those parts.

B02 Human Evolution (2 million yen x 2 projects, 4 million yen x 2 projects)

We use methods in anthropology, archaeology, primatology, and evolutionary modeling to explore the timing and selective mechanisms of the emergence of prelinguistic functions underlying the hierarchical structure and intention sharing in human language. For open recruitment researches, we especially encourage applications by young investigators who conduct original researches that will further develop our core research, as well as those that will bridge different research groups within the project. Proposals of approaches not included in the core research, such as cultural anthropological and cultural evolutionary approaches targeting contemporary humans and societies, in particular, will be also considered.

B03 Cognitive development team (2 million yen x 2 projects, 4 million yen x 2 projects)

We aim to examine the process of language evolution from that of children’s language development. We study the emergence and development of primitive abilities from viewpoints of sharing intentionality and hierarchies. We particularly welcome open recruitment research on original ideas on relevant issues; relationship between verbal and nonverbal information, conditions of language development in children with autism, developmental process of phonological hierarchy structure and continuity with other species, and relationship between sign language and gestures. We also welcome researches on diverse approaches with a view to bridging with other core research projects.

C01 Emergent Constructive Approach Team (2 million yen x 2 projects, 4 million yen x 2 projects)

Using constructive approaches such as mathematical models, computer simulations, language evolution experiments, dialogue experiments, robot constructions and interaction experiments, we explore the ability to generate hierarchical structures of language, the ability of intention sharing, and the biological and cultural evolution of co-creative communication in which those abilities are combined. For open recruitment research, in addition to research plans to explore these abilities, we welcome those that examine their interaction by using constructive approaches and/or link them to the methodology of other teams. Also elicited for open recruitment research are proposals that may not be directly related to properties characteristic of human language and communication, such as hierarchy generation and intention sharing, provided that they are specific enough about how they can shed light on the origins and evolution of human language. We also welcome research plans which explore novel constructive methods and consider the modes of co-creative communication and their future forms concretely.