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Overview of Science and Technology Research Partnership
for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)

1. About SATREPS

SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) is a Japanese government program that promotes international joint research targeting global issues. To address these issues, SATREPS works through projects involving partnerships between researchers in Japan and researchers in developing countries. SATREPS projects are expected to lead to outcomes with potential for practical utilization, and to meet the needs of the developing country. The program is a collaboration between two Japanese government agencies: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), providing funding through a combination of research contracts and Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Addressing global issues, advancing science, developing capacity

SATREPS is a collaboration between JST and JICA with the following aims.

  1. International cooperation Enhancing international cooperation in science and technology between Japan and developing countries
  2. Addressing global issues and advancing science Developing and applying new technology for the resolution of global issues and acquiring new knowledge that can lead to advancing the level of science and technology
  3. Capacity development Boosting self-reliant research and development capacity in developing countries through international joint research, constructing sustainable research systems that can contribute to resolving issues, coordinating networking between researchers, and training future human resources in developing countries and in Japan.

SATREPS joins and coordinates functions, activities, and capabilities that were once separate, using scientific research potential as a mediator for developmental diplomacy.

Science and technology

  • Promoting science and technology, encouraging innovation

International cooperation

  • ODA, development assistance

Meeting global needs

  • Resolving global issues and contributing to the science and technology community

Meeting local needs

  • Capacity development to address issues emerging as local needs in developing countries

Japan's capabilities

  • World-leading technology, proven research capacity
  • Soft power

Developing countries' capabilities

  • Direct experience, knowledge, and data needed for research on global issues
  • Potential to contribute to the global economy through new markets and industries

2. Amount of support available for projects

JST + JICA total: About ¥100 million per project per year
JST: About ¥38 million per project per year

3. Projects in Progress

SATREPS projects are selected each year from project proposals submitted by Japanese research institutions in four research areas: Environment and energy, bioresources, natural disaster prevention, and infectious disease control. In the first four years beginning in April 2008, a total of 60 projects commenced in 33 countries. These projects are now in progress:

<SATREPS Projects Selected>

Research Areas and Fields Number of Projects 2008 2009 2010 2011
Asia Africa Others
Number of projects selected (FY totals) 12 20 17 11
Environment and Energy “Research contributing to adaptation to or mitigation of climate change” 31 18 11 4 4 0 -
Environment and Energy “Research contributing to energy systems for low carbon society” - - 4 3
Environment and Energy “Research contributing to the resolution of global-scale environmental issues” 3 2 4 2
Bioresources “Research contributing to sustainable utilization of bioresources” - 6 5 2
Natural Disaster Prevention “Research on natural disaster prevention and mitigation measures attuned to the needs of developing countries” 3 4 2 2
Infectious Diseases Control “Research on measures to address infectious diseases control attuned to the needs of developing countries” 2 4 2 2

<Countries Involved in SATREPS Projects>

Asia Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
Africa Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia
Others Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Tuvalu

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/