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Appendix 2

Overview of this Joint Call for Proposals within the
Framework of thee-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)

1. Aims of the Program

Through the acceleration of science and technology research exchange and collaboration in the East Asian region, the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) aims to strengthen research and development capabilities towards resolution of shared challenges across the region.

As part of that objective, the e-ASIA JRP is intended to support collaborative research implemented among research teams from 3 or more member countries of the region. Through the implementation of joint research among participating countries in agreed fields of research, it is the goal of the e-ASIA JRP to contribute to economic and human resource development, as well as the resolution of various challenges in the East Asian region.

2. Field of collaboration

Proposals for research projects in the field of “Advanced Interdisciplinary Research towards Innovation (Intelligent Infrastructure for Energy)” were jointly called for by JST of Japan, RISTEKDIKTI of Indonesia, MOE of Myanmar, DOST of The Philippines, RFBR of Russia, and NSTDA of Thailand.

3. Prospective Applicants (Japanese side)

Researchers at universities, research institutes or private companies in Japan were invited to submit proposals.

4. Period of Research

Approximately three years (36 months).

5. Amount of Funding

Support of the selected project will provide 35.1 million JPY (including indirect cost (30% of direct cost)) to the Japanese researchers per project over three years.

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 activities that enable collaboration such as travel and holding symposia/seminars, and may cover some local research expenses such as facilities, equipment and consumables that are necessary for the collaboration.

7. Evaluation Process and Criteria

Expert evaluations were initially commissioned separately by participating organizations to assess the proposals received, on which basis the relevant parties and e-ASIA JRP Board negotiated and agreed to jointly select the successful project. The following were among the general criteria considered in the evaluation process:

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/