Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) EIG CONCERT-Japan 8th Joint Call: Sustainable Hydrogen Technology as Affordable and Clean Energy

(Last update : May 21, 2021)

History of Updates

Updated May 21, 2021:

  • Application Form (Japanese) was updated.

Updated May 13, 2021:

  • Call Text, Application instructions and guidance were updated.

(May 10, 2021)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is accepting proposals for collaborative research projects under the framework of EIG CONCERT-Japan with 13 funding partners participating from 12 European countries under the theme of Sustainable Hydrogen Technology as Affordable and Clean Energy.

EIG CONCERT-Japan website:

Call Theme

Sustainable Hydrogen Technology as Affordable and Clean Energy

Research Scope

This call for proposals invites Japan and Europe-based researchers to develop more efficient, reliable, flexible and clean hydrogen-based technologies. The hydrogen technologies that are fuelled by clean and affordable energy can contribute to building a better society, and help mitigate climate change and other environment impacts caused by ever-growing human reliance on energy. This includes tackling research challenges related to hydrogen production, usage and storage. A close consideration will be given to proposals that promote energy security and environmental quality.
The collaborative activities in this call will fall in line with efforts towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Participating Countries and Organizations

Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)

Czech Republic: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Czech Republic: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)

France: French National Research Agency (ANR)

Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Hungary: National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)

Lithuania: Agency for Science, Innovation & Technology (MITA)

Norway: Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Poland: National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)

Slovakia: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)

Spain: State Research Agency (AEI)

Switzerland: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)

Details of Support

Projects selected for funding in this call will each receive support for a period of three years and totaling no more than approximately 18,000,000 JPY of which 30% represents indirect costs. Awarded projects will be required to have a contract concluded between the awarded research institution and JST, in the following format:

It is expected that six projects will be funded in this EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Call.

Full details of support can be found in the Japanese guidance information documents below and "Part 2: National and Regional Funding Regulations" in the Call Text.

Call for Proposals Period and Deadlines

Monday 10th May 2021 until Friday 9th July 2021, 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Monday 10th May 2021 until Friday 9th July 2021, 10:00 (Central European Summer Time)

Program Officer

Dr. DOMEN Kazunari (Special Contract Professor, Shinshu University / University Professor, The University of Tokyo)


Researcher Eligibility

Any independent researcher currently affiliated with and actively conducting research at a domestic Japanese research institution, or who will fulfil this requirement by the commencement of the research project if not currently affiliated with a research institution in Japan), regardless of nationality, is eligible to apply.

Research Consortium Eligibility

In addition to the Japanese team, the project consortium must include members from a minimum of two different European countries listed as participating in the call. Researchers from countries not participating may also be included in the research consortium, however they will not count towards the minimum country participation requirement stated above. For further details please see "Part 2: National and Regional Funding Regulations" in the Call Text.

Application Procedure

1. PT-Outline Consortium Proposal Submission (for the entire consortium)

All call documents, application forms and guidance can be downloaded from the PT-Outline website, which also serves as the online submission portal:

Proposals should be jointly drafted by the consortium and jointly submitted electronically via the PT-Outline portal. Only the project consortium's Principle Project Leader is required to submit the proposal.

Information about the PT-Outline submission process:

2. e-Rad Proposal Application (for the Japanese team of the consortium only)

In addition to the PT-Outline submission, the Project Leader from the Japanese team will have to register their application information, "application form" (with legal compliance checklist and compliance agreement) and "Application summary" on the Cross Ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad) platform:

An e-Rad guide for applicants (in Japanese) is available on "Application instructions and guidance" (available only in Japanese) below.

For further application instructions and guidance, please refer to the following information.

Application Form (Japanese side)

Call Text PDF (540KB)
Application instructions and guidance PDF (1856KB)
Application Form (Japanese) docx (35KB)
Application Summary (Japanese) pptx (46KB)


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Department of International Affairs
Mr. KABUMOTO Hiroki, Mr. MIKAMI Junsuke, Dr. KATAYAMA Junko, Mr. Oscar A. Rudenstam
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Tel: 03-5214-7375 Fax: 03-5214-7379
(Contact by e-mail is recommended.)