The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) signed a Research Framework Agreement (RFA) to boost cooperation and scientific excellence. The agreement opens new avenues for scientific exchange and synergies in the fields of nanotechnology and chemicals, metrology and measurement, and energy, among others.
The Japanese partner AIST is one of the largest public research organisations in Japan. It focuses on the creation and application of technologies for industry and society and intends to bridge the gap between technological seeds and commercialisation.
The signing ceremony, which was organised at DG JRC Headquarters in Brussels, was attended by the JRC Director-General Vladimír Šucha and AIST President Dr. Ryoji Chubachi together with a number of representatives of the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The agreement will formalise the cooperation between DG JRC and AIST which has been in place for several years, concerning mainly the inter-laboratory testing of nanomaterials by in vitro tests, the harmonisation and standardisation of measurements and the development of new measurement standards.