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Summary of EU-Japan collaborations through Horizon 2020 and FP7

60 projects with Japanese organisations in Horizon 2020

In these 60 projects, 52 different Japanese entities are participating. Japanese universities are the largest group of organisations with 41% of the participation, followed by Japanese companies with 26% and research centers with 20%. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) related projects rank first with 25 projects, followed by 11 ICT projects and 6 Environment projects.

This number is lower as compared to FP7 (2007-2013), the programme that preceded Horizon 2020. In FP7, 159 projects included Japanese participants. This is a general trend for all participation from third countries (outside Europe).

Japanese companies are largely participating through their affiliate organisations in Europe. So far, 95 projects involving 50 different Japanese affiliate companies are currently running in Horizon 2020. ICT is the most popular area.

159 projects with Japanese organisations in FP7

The internationalization of Japanese research and researchers has experienced an important dynamism in the last years. The Japanese participation in FP7 has increased year after year since 2007 and around 100 Japanese entities have participated in 159 projects and have received around ten million Euros. About 62% of the Japanese participation was under Cooperation specific programnme, followed by People (around 24%) and Capacities (8%) programmes. Cooperation between Japanese and European entities in the EURATOM programme, both in the fission and fusion programmes, has also been significant. The thematic fields of the projects are mainly oriented towards the areas of information and communication technologies, environment, health, nanotechnology and security, being social sciences and humanities the field with the lowest participation. Success rates (from proposal to funding award) differ substantially between areas but the overall 31% for all programmes could be considered a good result given that the global overall FP7 success rate is around 20%. The European counterparts of the projects are spread across all EU and associated countries, being Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain or The Netherlands the main counterparts of projects with Japanese participants and also the countries with the largest participation in FP7 in general terms.

The Japanese participants are mainly universities and public bodies and around 70 Japanese affiliated companies located in Europe also participated in the Programme.

Regarding individual grants, 49 researchers have undertaken mobility and career development research projects under People programme while 14 Japanese researchers have been funded by Ideas programme, through the European Research Council.

You can access the detailed analysis from JEUPISTE report D2.8: Update of Analysis of the EU-Japan Cooperation in Horizon 2020 (PDF, May 2016)

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