Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) EIG CONCERT-Japan 10th Joint Call: Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities

(May 23, 2023)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is accepting proposals for collaborative research projects under the framework of EIG CONCERT-Japan with 8 funding partners participating from 7 European countries under the theme of Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities.

EIG CONCERT-Japan website:

Call Theme

Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities

Research Scope

This call for proposals focuses on finding solutions for carbon neutral cities and is divided into three key themes. To qualify for this call, researchers must explore the research topic which apply to at least one of the three below themes.
(i) Sustainable Smart Urban Mobility
(ii) Improving Water and Air Quality in Carbon-Neutral Cities
(iii) Efficient Waste Management
Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals dealing with innovative practices for the development of intelligent transport systems, Development of practical carbon emission measurement tools for water/wastewater management systems based on life cycle assessment approach, increasing big data-supported urban mining logistics to increase the residence time of urban wastes, etc.

Participating Countries and Organizations

Slovak: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
Czech Republic: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Czech Republic: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)
Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
Hungary: National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)
French: The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)
Poland: National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)

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 18,200,000 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

Tuesday 23rd May 2023 until Tuesday 1st August 2023, 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)
Tuesday 23rd May 2023 until Tuesday 1st August 2023, 10:00 (Central European Summer Time)

Program Officer

Dr. FURUMAI Hiroaki
(Institute Professor, Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University)


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 Principal 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
Application instructions and guidance (Japanese) PDF
Application Form (Japanese) Word
Application Summary (Japanese) pptx


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Department of International Affairs
Dr. KATAYAMA Junko, Mr. ANDO Masashi, Mr. Oscar A. Rudenstam, Mr. KODANI Hideaki
E-mail: concert(at)
Tel: 03-5214-7375 Fax: 03-5214-7379
(Contact by e-mail is recommended.)