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Co-funding mechanisms in Horizon 2020

The mechanisms below were available during the Work Programme 2016-2017 and similar mechanisms are likely to continue for Work Programme 2018-2020.

Coordinated calls in ICT and Aeronautics

Through the Horizon 2020 work programme 2016-2017, the third coordinated call for ICT was launched with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication in Japan (MIC) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). On this case, a European consortium applies to Horizon 2020 and a Japanese consortium applies to the Japanese funding agencies. These 2 consortia jointly implement the project, managed through a coordination agreement. Four topics were available for joint projects in 2016:

  • EUJ-01-2016: 5G – Next Generation Communication Networks
  • SC1-PM-14-2016: Novel ICT Robotics based solutions for active and healthy ageing at home or in care facilities
  • EUJ-02-2016: IoT/Cloud/Big Data platforms in social application contexts
  • EUJ-03-2016: Experimental testbeds on Information-Centric Networking

Similarly, a coordinated call was launched in Aeronautics together with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

JST-EU co-funding scheme

The 3rd EU-Japan Joint S&T Committee meeting in May 2015 endorsed a co-funding scheme developed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC). This scheme provides funding to successful Japanese participants in selected calls for proposals in Horizon 2020. In this

The co-funding scheme was initially applied to the following two call topics in Horizon 2020, Work Programme 2016-17, for two 2016 calls. In these topics, Japanese participants could apply for funding from JST. Please note JST carries out its own evaluation of Japanese applicants separate from the European Commission.

  • 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

ERC-JSPS initiative

At the 23rd EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo, held on 29 May 2015, the EU and Japan agreed to deepen their cooperation on Research and Innovation, based on a joint vision. The agreement builds on the strong research ties in areas like ICT and aeronautics and strengthen collaborations in health and medical research, environment, energy and physics and an agreement to stimulate scientific exchanges has been signed between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the European Research Council (ERC).

The common initiative launched is based on the existing EU-Japan Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement signed in 2009. The JSPS Fellows who will come for these scientific visits in Europe will continue to receive remuneration from JSPS. The first initiative of this kind was signed in July 2012 with the US (National Science Foundation, NSF) to provide opportunities for NSF researchers to join ERC-funded teams for shorter visits. This was followed by similar agreements with Korea (National Research Foundation of Korea, NRF) in November 2013 and with Argentina (National Scientific Technical Research Council, CONICET) in March 2015.

Related: European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan

This mechanism is not for Horizon 2020 projects, but is specifically targeted towards multilateral cooperation between Japan and multiple European countries (target countries in Europe depend on the specific calls). Calls are available every year to support Europe-Japan cooperation. The next call is expected to open May/June 2017.

For more information: http://concert-japan.eu/

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