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Overview of the Evaluation

1. Aims of the Program

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 intergovernmental agreement between Japan and Israel in the field of “ICT for a Resilient Society”, as designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

2. Field of collaboration

The field of “ICT for a Resilient Society”

3. Prospective Applicants

Japanese and Israeli researchers at universities, research institutes or companies were invited to submit proposals for cooperative research projects in the research field described above.

4. Period of Research

Three years

5. Amount of Funding

23.4 million yen from JST to the Japanese researchers per project over three years, inclusive of overhead costs.

6. Funded Expenses

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 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. Indirect costs may also be claimed though they should be no more than 30 percent of direct costs.

7. Evaluation Process

Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts, JST and MOST including the Program Officer and Advisors (JST side) and the panel committee (MOST side) jointly decided on the three successful projects to select for funding.

8. Evaluation Criteria

  1. 1) Conformity with the research area of this Call
  2. 2) Capability of the Principal Investigators
    The Principal Investigators should have the experience, appropriate expertise and ability to manage the collaboration and achieve the project goals within the three-year project period.
  3. 3) Significance and potential impacts of the project
    Proposals should include explanation of the significance of the challenges being addressed and the potential impact of the proposed approach on their resolution.
  4. 4) Scientific innovativeness
    The project should have originality and novelty in the research area.
  5. 5) Clarity and quality
    The proposal should explain clearly the research topic, research objectives, methodology, and detailed program, and should be of sufficient quality regarding each of these.
  6. 6) Feasibility
    The plan for research and mutual visits should be feasible.
  7. 7) Practical applicability
    Expected achievements should have innovative aspects and specific advantages compared to other existing technologies.
  8. 8) Synergetic effect
    The project should demonstrate synergetic benefits as a joint research activity between Japan and Israel.
  9. 9) Effectiveness and continuity of the exchange
    The proposal needs to contain activities to enhance sustainable research exchange.
    Relevant examples include:
    • - Fostering young researchers through exchanges
    • - Sustainable development of the initiated knowledge exchange
    • - Expanding international research networks via the research project
    • - Improving the presence of Japanese or Israeli science and technology in the respective counterpart country
    • - Exchanging knowledge, know-how and skills of one partner to maximize the utilization of the other partner's unique applications
  10. 10) Justification of project budget

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/