AJ-CORE (Africa-Japan Collaborative Research)


Contact: jointza@jst.go.jp

1. Overview

AJ-CORE (Africa-Japan Collaborative Research) is a new multilateral research framework connecting three (or more) countries: Japan, South Africa, and at least one African country. Japanese teams will be supported by JST, and South African teams by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Researchers from other African countries will cooperate on an equal-partnership basis with those from Japan and South Africa, together contributing to issues of local and global significance. Alongside natural scientists the consortium encourages participation by a variety of stakeholders including social scientists, enterprises, NGOs and citizens, with an aim to make research outcomes relevant for wider society.

3. Related Workshops

4. Calls for Proposals

Calls for Proposals
Month/YearResearch AreaPress Release
June 2024 "Environmental Science"(4th call)
Apr 2023 "Environmental Science"(3rd call) Detail
Jul 2021 "Environmental Science"(2nd call) Detail
Dec 2019 "Environmental Science"(1st call) Detail

5. Currently in Cooperation

Environmental Science (III)

Period:FY2023 - FY2026

Environmental Science (III)
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Geo-spatial Risk Index Tool (GSRIT) to Monitor Human-Nature Conflicts in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana
Ram AVTAR, Associate Professor,
Faculty of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University
(South Africa) Michael GEBRESLASIE, Associate Professor,
School of Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kwazulu-Natal
(Botswana) Kabo DIRADITSILE, Senior Lecturer,
School of Social Sciences, Botswana Open University
(Kenya) Joseph MUKEKA, Principle Research Scientist,
Wildlife Research and Training Institute
Advancing Sustainable Soybean Protection and Resilience to Drought Stress in Africa through Holistic Engineering of Host-Microbe Interactions
David ARMITAGE, Assistant Professor,
Integrative Community Ecology Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
(South Africa) Itumeleng MOROENYANE, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University
(Kenya) Stephen Kamau WANJIRU, Lecturer,
Department of Natural Sciences, Catholic University of East Africa
Fire Safe African Homes on the Wildland Urban Interface
SUZUKI Sayaka, Associate Professor,
School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
(South Africa) Richard WALLS, Professor,
Fire Engineering Research Unit, Stellenbosch University
(Botswana) Rejoice TSHEKO, Associate Professor,
Faculty of Agriculture, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sustainable Climate Change Mitigation in African Smallholder Cropping Systems: Greenhouse Gas Reduction together with Soil Carbon Sequestration
HOMMA Koki, Professor,
Crop Science, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University
(South Africa) Lindumusa MYENI, Researcher,
Natural Resources and Engineering, Agricultural Research Council
(Botswana) Piet Kebuang KENABATHO, Associate Professor,
Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, University of Botswana
IoT Based Intelligent Intermixed Biogas and Photovoltaic System
Lin MENG, Associate Professor,
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University
(South Africa) Zenghui WANG, Professor,
Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa
(Zimbabwe) Liston MATINDIFE, Lecturer,
Electronics Department, National University of Science and Technology

Environmental Science (II)

Period:FY2022 - FY2024

Environmental Science (II)
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Application of eDNA metabarcoding for assessment and prediction of faunal Biodiversity of African Mangrove Ecosystem
KAJITA Tadashi, Professor,
Tropical Biosphere Research Center, University of the Ryukyus
(South Africa) Nasreen Peer, Lecturer,
Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University
(Senegal) Jean Fall, Associate Professor,
University Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Cheikh Anta Diop University
Sustainable well-being through rapid detection, remediation and stakeholder awareness of contaminants in environments impacted by mining activities
Izabela Rzeznicka, Professor,
College of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology
(South Africa) Nhamo Chaukura, Associate Professor,
Sol Plaatje University
(Botswana) Venecio U. Ultra, Associate Professor,
Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)
Environmentally sound Water management for Sustainable Agricultural Practices in South Africa and Botswana: an international collaboration between Africa and Japan
NARITA Daiju, Professor,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
(South Africa) Djiby Thiam, Associate Professor,
University of Cape Town
(Botswana) Wame L. Hambira, Senior Researcher,
Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana
Co-creation of a Community-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene model with children and youth
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences,
Director, Center for Environmental and Health Sciences,
Hokkaido University
(South Africa) Catherine, Sutherland, Professor,
University of KwaZulu-Natal, WASH R&D Centre
(Botswana) Wellington, MASAMBA, Professor,
Botswana International University of Science and Technology
(Zambia) Charles, Michelo, Professor,
Harvest Research Institute,
Harvest University

Environmental Science (I)

①②④Period:FY2021 - FY2023
③Period:FY2021 - FY2024 ※Support period has been extended from 'FY2021 - FY2023' due to COVID-19

Environmental Science (I)
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
①Field and mechanism-based toxicity research on pesticides in Africa
ISHIZUKA Mayumi, Professor,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University
(South Africa) Victor Wepener, Professor,
School of Biological Sciences, North-West University
(Ghana) Osei Akoto, Lecturer,
College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
(Zambia) Kaampwe MUZANDU, Senior Lecturer,
Samora Machel School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia
②Assessing the Lake Kariba Catchment Environment for Sustainable Water, Energy, Livelihoods and Ecosystem health
UCHIDA Yoshitaka, Associate Professor,
Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University
(South Africa) Luke Chimuka, Professor,
Department of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand
(Zambia) Imasiku Nyambe, Professor,
Department of Geology, University of Zambia
③Food and Livelihood Resilience from Neglected and Underutilized Plant Species in Western Africa
Alexandros GASPARATOS, Associate Professor,
Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
(South Africa) Cheikh Mbow, Professor and Director
Future Africa, University of Pretoria
(Burkina Faso) Adjima Thiombiano, Professor,
Department of Plant Biology and Plant Physiology, University of Ouagadougou
(Senegal) Mame Samba Mbaye, Professor and Head of Department,
Department of Plant Biology, Cheikh Anta Diop University
④Development of Resilient E-farming for agro-climate risk management in African Multi-environments
TSUBO Mitsuru, Professor,
Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University
(South Africa) Mokhele Moeletsi, Research Team Manager: Agrometeorology,
Agricultural Research Council - Soil, Climate and Water
(Senegal) Gualbert Dorego, Head of Agrobioclimatology Laboratory,
National Centre for Agronomic Research, Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research

6. Finished Projects