Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) announced the new projects provisionally selected*1 for the Fiscal Year 2014 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program.
SATREPS is a science and technology diplomacy initiative that promotes international joint research using advanced science and technology from Japan in combination with official development assistance (ODA). The program is a collaboration between JST and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Based on the needs of developing countries, JST and JICA cooperate to promote international joint research targeting global issues with an objective of future utilization of research outcomes. Implemented through collaboration with Official Development Assistance (ODA), the aim of the program is to acquire new knowledge and technology that lead to the resolution of global issues and the advance of science and technology, and through this process, to create innovations. International joint research under this program also aims to enhance the research and development capabilities of developing countries, and helps create sustainable research systems able to address and resolve issues.
For FY2014, JST called for project proposals from researchers in Japan in four research areas—Environment/Energy, Bioresources, Natural Disaster Prevention and Infectious Diseases Control. A total of 97 proposals was received. Through a peer-review process, 10 new projects were provisionally selected, comprising 7 projects collaborating with Asian researchers, 2 with Central and South American researchers, and 1 with European researchers.
- *1 Provisional selection:
- For each of these provisionally selected projects, a “Record of Discussions (R/D)” must be signed to confirm agreement between the research counterpart(s) in the developing country and JICA on the details of technical cooperation. As a result of this process, the research plan for the provisionally selected project might be modified or the project itself might be terminated.
Attachment 1: Overview of SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development)
Attachment 2: Results of the FY2014 Selection Process
Attachment 3: Provisionally Selected Projects for FY2014
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Department of International Affairs (Research Partnership for Sustainable Development Group)
5-7, Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076
SATREPS URL: http://www.jst.go.jp/global/english/