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1 February 2016

First calls launched under the co-funding scheme between Japan Science and Technology Agency and the European Commission

Further to the positive interaction between the European Commission (EC) and Japan's Science and Technology Agency (JST) over the past year, the 3rd EU-Japan Joint S&T Committee meeting in May 2015 endorsed a co-funding scheme developed by JST in close cooperation with the EC. This scheme has the intention to support EU-Japan collaboration in research and innovation, and to provide funding to successful Japanese participants in open calls for proposals in Horizon 2020.

The co-funding scheme is initially applied to the following two call topics in Horizon 2020, Work Programme 2016-17, which opened in October 2015 (Deadline: first stage - 8 December 2015; second stage - 24 May 2016):

  • NMBP-02-2016: Advanced Materials for Power Electronics based on wide bandgap semiconductor devices technology
  • NMBP-03-2016: Innovative and sustainable materials solutions for the substitution of critical raw materials in the electronic power system

In these topics, Japanese participants may apply for funding from JST. JST will carry out its own evaluation of Japanese applicants prior to that on the EC side.

The EC-JST co-funding scheme is one of the support schemes put in place by EU international partner countries to enable a stronger and more balanced collaboration between their universities, research institutes and enterprises with European ones under Horizon 2020.

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1 June 2015

Towards a new strategic partnership in R&I between the EC and Japan

Photo from the meeting Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, on the right, Donald Tusk, in the centre and Jean-Claude Juncker, on the left, at the 23th EU-Japan Summit

At the 23rd EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo, the EU and Japan agreed to deepen their cooperation on Research and Innovation (R&I), based on a joint vision.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Europe and Japan must tackle many of the same challenges such as energy security, ageing populations or access to critical materials. So it's only natural that we also work together closely to find solutions to these challenges. The joint vision endorsed today will take our cooperation to the next level."

The agreement will build on the strong research ties in areas like ICT and aeronautics and strengthen collaborations in health and medical research, environment, energy and physics. The partners will also set up a joint funding mechanism that will make it easier to finance common R&I projects and collaborate more closely on policy aspects, like Open Science. In addition, an agreement to stimulate scientific exchanges has also been signed between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the European Research Council (ERC).

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Policy Background

Japan is a key strategic partner for Europe and research and innovation relations between the EU and Japan have developed steadily over the past two decades. The main intention is to promote research excellence, and to increase growth and industrial competitiveness.

Timeline:

  • March 2011: Agreement on cooperation in Science and Technology (S&T) between the European Community and the Government of Japan enters into force.
  • June 2011, Tokyo: 1st meeting of the Joint S&T Committee provides a new impetus to the S&T policy dialogue. It allows both sides to take stock of the state of cooperation, identify roadblocks, and agree on a first joint EU-Japan S&T Road Map for 2011-2013.
  • June 2013, Tokyo: 2nd meeting of the Joint S&T Committee discusses strategic areas of common interest. The focus is on three jointly defined "flagship" priorities - critical raw materials, aeronautics and ICTs - and to assess cooperation in these three fields and in energy.
  • Since September 2014: A roadmap for the cooperation between the EU and Japan provides medium term priorities for the future cooperation. It reflects the current state of agreement in the EU-Japan policy dialogue. (The roadmap is part of the "Report on the Implementation of the Strategy for International Cooperation" from September 2014).
  • May 2014, the aim for a new EU-Japan strategic partnership in Research and Innovation is expressed by the leaders of the 22nd EU-Japan Summit.
  • May 2015, Brussels: 3rd meeting of the Joint S&T Committee assesses the progress achieved and adopts a joint vision on a new EU-Japan strategic partnership in Research and Innovation. The new strategic partnership aims at deepening the strategic cooperation and foresees frequent consultations at multiple levels. Main topics are:
    • promoting joint research activities in key thematic areas which includes:
      • continuing the cooperation in ICT, aeronautics and materials (including critical raw materials), and
      • increasing the cooperation in health/medical research, environment, energy and high-energy physics
    • establishing a mechanism for joint funding of research projects
    • developing measures enhancing the mobility of researchers such as the ERC-JSPS cooperation arrangement
    • closer consultation and collaboration on Science, Technology and Innovation policies such as Open Science
    • promoting public engagement to give further visibility to the EU-Japan cooperation in research and innovation
  • 29 May 2015, endorsement of the joint vision for the new EU-Japan strategic partnership in Research and Innovation at the 23rd Japan-EU Summit Projects.

 

Projects

JEUPISTE (2013-2016)

In September 2013, a new BILAT project, Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology (JEUPISTE) was launched. JEUPISTE will further enhance the level of Europe-Japan cooperation with richer activities, including contribution to the EU-Japan STI policy dialogues, implementation of bilateral information services, active network building through academic/innovation workshops, operation of help desk and organisation of training courses.

 

EUJO-LIMMS (2011-2016)

EUrope-Japan opening of LIMMS (EUJO-LIMMS) aims to reinforce research collaboration between Europe and Japan to tackle new challenges in micro and nano technologies. The strategy consists in opening the activity of an international laboratory, the Laboratory for Integrated Micro Mechatronic Systems (LIMMS) located in Tokyo, to European partners. LIMMS is a Joint Unit between the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo. The scientific challenge of EUJO-LIMMS is to push the frontiers of micro and nano systems technology in capitalising the complementary expertise of the University of Tokyo and European partners.

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Contacts

European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Anne Haglund Morrissey
Policy Officer - R&I Relations with Japan
Unit RTD C1 - Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific
Tel: (+32) 229 80062
Email:
Anne.HAGLUND-MORRISSEY@ec.europa.eu
Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology
Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0047, Japan
Telephone: (+81) 3 5422 6001
Fax: (+81) 3 5420 5544
Email:
Leonidas.karapiperis@eeas.europa.eu