Plans are afoot to help talented Japanese math and science students grow into leading researchers by integrating some of the nation's high school and university programs from the next academic year, sources said Monday.

The move, sources familiar with the matter say, comes as concerns grow about a decline in Japanese scientific research amid the government's budgetary woes.

Under a system envisioned to provide consistent specialized education, professors will be able to teach at high schools and high school students will be able to visit university laboratories, the sources said.