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Overview of the CONCERT-Japan Program

1. Aims of the Program

CONCERT-Japan is a European Union (EU) funded project in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development (FP7). The Program aims to promote effective and coordinated science and technology cooperation between European countries and Japan with a view to further expanding and harmonizing already existing cooperation between them.

2. Fields of collaboration

The research fields of "Resilience against Disasters" and "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution"

3. Prospective Applicants

In order to apply, researchers had to form consortia made up of partners from Japan and at least 2 European countries. The Research leaders were required to possess adequate insight and/or experience to effectively implement the proposed joint research over the course of the support period.

4. Period of Research

Two years

5. Amount of Funding

10 million yen from JST to the Japanese researchers per project, over a period of two 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 cover some local research costs, such as those for facilities, equipment and consumables, that are necessary for the collaboration. Overhead costs can be also claimed though they should be no more than 10 percent of direct costs.

7. Evaluation Process

Proposals were subjected to evaluation by online peer review and an evaluation committee made up of members elected by the CONCERT-Japan members. The participating funding agencies met to decide on project selection, which was based on discussion of the results of that comprehensive evaluation.

8. Evaluation Criteria

The following general evaluation criteria were applied to each application:

1. Scientific excellence of the project and the project partners
2. Methodology and work plan
3. Expected impact of project results
4. Added values of multilateral cooperation

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/