Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) announced provisionally selected*1 projects for the Fiscal Year 2011 Science and Technology (S&T) Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).
SATREPS intends to promote international joint research through collaborating Japan's advanced S&T and Official Development Assistance (ODA), as a symbol of promoting Science and Technology Diplomacy. It is conducted in collaboration between JST and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). This program, based on the needs of developing countries, entails promotion of international joint research targeting global issues and envisaging future adoptation of research outcomes into the society. Such international joint research will not only acquire new scientific knowledge leading to resolution of global issues but also address the research and development capacity, contributing to the sustained research activities in developing countries.
For the FY2011, JST called for proposals from researchers in Japan in the four research areas; Environment/Energy, Bioresources, Natural Disaster Prevention and Infectious Diseases Control, and received 108 proposals for review. Through peer-review, 11 new projects (five projects with Asian, five with African and one with other countrie(s)) were provisionally selected. Four projects were also awarded as the Special Project Formation Investigation*2.
- *1 Provisionally selected:
- Please note that, for each of these provisionally selected projects, a "Record of Discussions (R/D)" must be signed to confirm agreement between the counterpart(s) and JICA on the details of implementation of the technical cooperation project before implementing the international joint research. Based on the discussions with the counterpart(s), research project title and research term might be modified or the project itself might be terminated.
- *2 Special Project Formation Investigation:
- Special Project Formation Investigation is either 1) Proposal that can not be reviewed because ODA demand is not submitted by counterpart country or 2) Proposal that is highly reviewed by JST while the cooperation request from the research institution in counterpart country seems to be unselected by MOFA and JICA, yet the review committee judges that it is worth investigating for forming new subject in next year and funding the investigation fees such as travel fees and fees for holding the science meeting. However, such proposals are not prioritized at the selection in next year.
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
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