The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST; President: Michinari Hamaguchi) conducted the 6th joint call for proposals in collaboration with 5 organizations*1 from 5 countries within the framework of the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP),*2 and with the approval of the e-ASIA Board, has agreed to commence support for one collaborative research project in the field of “Functional Bio-Nanotechnology for Innovative Materials System.”
The selected project is as follows:
“Development of Nano-visualization for Structural Analyses of Genetic Materials and Early Infection Process for Further Innovation of Functional Bio-nanotechnology”
Japan: Kiichi Fukui, Guest Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
Thailand: Kornsorn Srikulnath, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University
Vietnam: Quoc Bao Nguyen, Lecturer, Research Institute for Biotechnology and Environment, Nong Lam University
This collaborative research aims to achieve innovation in bio-nanotechnology by developing nano-order standardized visualization and manipulation methods for the structure of genetic materials and early infection process of microbes.
A total of 15 proposals in the field of “Functional Bio-Nanotechnology for Innovative Materials System” was submitted in response to the joint call. Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts in each participating country, JST and other participating funding organizations jointly decided on the one successful project to select for funding. They chose the project from the aspects of superiority in the research contents and effectivity of the exchange plan, based on which each participating country agreed to support it.
Support to the project will continue for about three years. Support of the selected project will provide 35.1 million JPY to the Japanese researchers per project over three years.
- *1) The list of organizations participating in the joint call for proposals (excluding JST)
Ministry of Education (MOE), Myanmar
Department of Science and Technology (DOST), The Philippines
Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Russia
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Vietnam
- *2) The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)
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.
Yukihiro Hisanaga (Mr.)
Department of International Affairs, JST
K’s Gobancho Building, 7 Gobancho, Cbiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076
Tel: +81-3-5214-7375 Fax: +81-3-5214-7379