The Program aims at promoting cooperation in science and technology as well as developing Japan's science and technology capacity for the future. The Program is administered based on an interministerial agreement between Japan and the V4 countries in the field of “Advanced Materials”, as designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
The field of ‘Advanced Materials’ includes but is not limited to such areas as:
JST invited researchers at universities, research institutes and/or companies in Japan to submit proposals for cooperative research projects in the research field described above.
18 million yen from JST to the Japanese-side researchers per project over three years, inclusive of overhead costs
Funding provided within this call is intended to enhance the capacity of the applicants to collaborate. Funding will therefore be provided mainly in support of collaborative activities, such as for travel and holding symposia/seminars and may also support local research expenses such as in the provision of facilities, equipment and consumables that are necessary for the collaboration. 30 percent of direct costs will be provided additionally as indirect costs.
Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts from third countries, the Scientific Committee comprising 6 senior researchers nominated by the participating organizations made their recommendation to the Funding Organizations Meeting, according to defined assessment criteria. In the Funding Organizations Meeting, the participating organizations discussed the scientific recommendation in depth and jointly decided on the 5 successful projects to select for funding.
The following general evaluation criteria were applied to each application: