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Overview of the Japan-UK Research Cooperative Program and Evaluation

1. Aims of the Program

The Program aims to promote cooperation in science and technology and to develop Japan's science and technology capacity in the future. The Program is administered based on an intergovernmental agreement between Japan and the UK, in the field of “Advanced Health Research” as designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) .

2. Research Areas for the Second Call for Proposals in the second phase of collaboration

“The Use of Next Generation Optical Microscopy for Neuroscience Disease Challenges”

3. Eligibility

The Principal Investigator must be affiliated with an academic or industrial research institution (institute).

4. Period of Research

Three years

5. Amount of Funding

15,000,000 yen/project/three years on the Japanese side

6. Funded Expenses

Funding provided within this call is intended to enhance the capacity of the researchers to collaborate internationally. It is provided in support of direct expenses such as travel expenses, expenses for holding symposiums, seminars and meetings, and expenses for facilities, equipment and consumables. Overhead expenses amounting to 10% or less of the total direct expenses are allowed.

7. Evaluation Process

JST and MRC independently evaluate and rank proposals according to their respective peer review processes. Based on the results of the evaluation, JST and MRC exchange views and make a joint decision regarding the selection of projects.

8. Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria are applied in the evaluation process:
1) Conformity with Program Aims and Designated Research Fields;
2) Capability of Research Leaders and Current Research Activities;
3) Effectiveness and Synergy of the Joint Research Activity;
4) Validity of the Research Plan;
5) Effectiveness and Continuity of Exchange; and
6) Validity of the Exchange Plan.

JST, an integrated organization of science and technology in Japan, establishes an infrastructure for the entire process from the creation of knowledge to the return to the society. For more information, visit http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/