Horizon Europe and Japan

Co-funding mechanisms in Horizon 2020

The mechanisms below are available during the Work Programme 2018-2020.

Coordinated calls in ICT

Through the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020, the fourth 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). In 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. The calls for proposals below were closed in January 2018.

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.

Japanese participants should apply for funding from JST, while at the same time applying to Horizon 2020 together with the European consortium. Please note JST carries out its own evaluation of Japanese applicants separate from the European Commission.

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.

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

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