Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations


March 6, 2019


(Washington, D.C.)  The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce recruitment for the 2019 Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program. This unique program was launched in 2013 to bring young researchers from Japan’s pharmaceutical research and development field to the United States to learn about U.S. healthcare policy, with a focus on translational research. This will be the seventh group of researchers to participate in the program.

In the months ahead, the Mansfield Foundation will select eight Japanese researchers from Japanese national institutes and private university or university-affiliated institutions to participate in the 2019 program. Applicants should be recognized experts in their areas of focus with several years of professional experience as well as a graduate degree, preferably a PhD or its equivalent. The program is not open to employees of pharmaceutical firms.

Researchers selected for the program will travel to the United States for two weeks of meetings and site visits in mid-September 2019. During the exchange they will share information and best practices with senior experts in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston. When they return to Japan they will be expected to share what they learned with their Japanese colleagues, to put the experience to use in their work, and to contribute to Japan’s R&D policy reforms and medical innovation in a practical way.

Application forms and further information about the program are available on the Foundation’s website: The application deadline is April 19, 2019. The Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

“The Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program creates links between an inspiring group of young medical researchers in Japan and their U.S. counterparts to translate findings from basic science to advance human health and well-being,” said Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

“59 researchers have already visited the United States to make contacts and learn techniques to advance pharmaceutical development and medical innovation in Japan. The Mansfield Foundation is pleased to welcome eight new Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars to this distinguished and growing community of innovators.”

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations. The Foundation was established in 1983 to honor Mike Mansfield (1903-2001), a remarkable public servant, statesman and diplomat who played a pivotal role in many of the key domestic and international issues of the 20th century as U.S. congressman from Montana, Senate majority leader and finally as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs, which create networks among U.S. and Asian leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policies, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia. The Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C.; Tokyo, Japan; and Missoula, Montana.