1. Objectives

CONCERT-Japan began as a project platform for international research cooperation activities under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). After the conclusion of its FP7 iteration in December 2014, its activities continued under the new European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan name, with 13 science, technology and innovation (STI) funding agencies from 11 European countries and Japan as of 2019 partnering to further research collaboration and exchange. Through S&T policy knowledge sharing, research exchange, network building and joint funding calls, the program supports Japanese-European research collaboration in a variety of fields.


Program Officer [Digital Transformations and Robotics in Sustainable Agriculture]

Program Officer [ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society]

Program Officer [Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities]

Program Officer [Design of Materials with Atomic Precision]

Program Officer [Sustainable Hydrogen Technology as Affordable and Clean Energy]

3. Currently in Cooperation

※The underlined researcher is the Project Leader

Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities

Period:FY2024 - FY2026

TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Conversion of atmospheric CO2 into energy storage in Na-CO2 battery
AOKI Yoshitaka, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Professor
(Poland) Damian Kowalski, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Assistant Professor
(Türkiye) Fabienne Dumoulin, Department of Medical Engineering, Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University, Associate Professor
Multi-Input Deep Learning for Congestion Prediction and Traffic Light Control
ARAI Ismail, Information Initiative Center, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Associate Professor
(Hungary) Vilmos Simon, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Associate Professor
(Türkiye) Ayca Merve Yildiz, ISBAK Istanbul IT and Smart City Technologies Inc., Staff
Investigating the Role of Greenery to Improve Climate Resilience, Water, Soil and Air Quality in Dense Urban Fabric
KITA Michihiro, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Professor
(Hungary) Viktória Sugár, Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Óbuda University, Associate Professor
(Poland) Barbara Czesak, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Associate Professor
Photoactive Mo6 Clusters/Semiconductors Nanocomposites for Sustainable Water Remediation
SUGAHARA Yoshiyuki, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Professor
(Czech Republic) Kaplan Kirakci, Department of Materials Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Researcher
(France) Fabien Grasset, Laboratory for Innovative Key Materials and Structures (LINK), National Centre for Scientific Research, Director
(France) Régis Guégan, ICMN, CNRS - University of Orléans, Associate Professor
(Spain (in-kind)) Marta Feliz, Institute of Chemical Technology, Technical University of Valencia-Spanish National Research Council, Tenured Scientist
Hollow Fiber Heat Exchangers with Reduced Permeability for Smart Cities
Miksik Frantisek, Institute of Innovation for Future Society, Nagoya University, Designated Associate Professor
(Czech Republic) Erik Bartuli, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Researcher
(Slovakia) Jaroslav Longauer, Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Researcher
A proactive Social-based framework for SMART transportation
WAKAMIYA Shoko, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Associate Professor
(Hungary) Attila Kertesz, Software Engineering Department, University of Szeged, Associate Professor
(Türkiye) Ismail Karas, Computer Engineering Department, Karabuk University, Professor
(France) Teriitutea Quesnot, Department of Geography, University of Western Brittany, Associate Professor

Design of Materials with Atomic Precision

Period:FY2023 - FY2025

TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Atomic-level control of AlGaN hetero-interfaces for deep-UV LED
KANGAWA Yoshihiro, Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University Professor
(Bulgaria) Vesselin TONCHEV, Faculty of Physics, Sofia University, Associate Professor
(Poland) Pawel KEMPISTY, Institute of High Pressure Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Assistant Professor
Design and Control of Single Molecule Junctions
FUJII Shintaro, School of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Research Associate Professor
(Spain) J. Manuel CUERVA, Organic Chemistry Department, Granada University, Full professor
(Spain) M. Teresa GONZÁLEZ, Molecular Electronics, Fundación IMDEA Nanociencia, Senior Scientific Researcher
(Czech Republic) Héctor VÁZQUEZ, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Senior scientist
Epoch-making ferroic fluids based multi-functional materials
ARAOKA Fumito, Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN, Team Leader
(Czech Republic) Vladimira NOVOTNA, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Researcher
(Hungary) Peter SALAMON, Institute for Solid State Physics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Researcher
(Poland) Magdalena MAJEWSKA, Department of Chemistry, University of Warsawe, Postdoctoral Researcher
Machine-learning-driven bottom-up design of atomically-layered heterostructures for green H2 production
Mohammad Hussein Naseef AL ASSADI, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN, Researcher
(Spain) Jose Julio GUTIERREZ MORENO, Barcelona Supercomputer Center, Researcher
(Turkey) Esmaeil DOUST KHAH HERAGH, Tüpraş Energy Center, Koç University, Researcher
Precise Control of Nanoporous Materials in Multi-dimensional Morphology
OKUBO Tatsuya, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Professor
(Czech Republic) Jiří ČEJIKA, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Professor
(Spain) David Pedro SERRANO GRANADOS, Thermochemical Processes Unit, IMDEA Energy Institute, Professor
Phonon engineering in precisely assembled atomically thin layers
NOMURA Masahiro, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Professor
(Spain) Marianna SLEDZINSKA, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Research Engineer
(Poland) Bartlomiej GRACZYKOWSKI, Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Associate Professor

Sustainable Hydrogen Technology as Affordable and Clean Energy

Period:FY2022 - FY2024

TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Ammonia hydrogen combustion in micro gas turbines
Yong FAN, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Senior Researcher
(France) Vivien ESNAULT, IFP Energies Nouvelles, Hydrogen R&D project manager
(Norway) Andrea GRUBER, SINTEF, Senior Researcher
(Switzerland) Mirko BOTHIEN, Zurich Applied University of Sciences, Professor
(Poland) Andrzej SZLĘK, Silesian University of Technology, Professor
Structure-based metabolic engineering of algal H2 production
KURISU Genji, Osaka University, Professor
(Germany) Thomas HAPPE, Ruhr University Bochum, Professor
(France) Nicolas ROUHIER, Université de Lorraine, Professor
(Belgium) Remacle Claire, Université de Liège, Professor
Towards Safe Storage and Transportation of Cryogenic Hydrogen
TANAKA Hirohisa, Kwansei Gakuin University, Professor
(Germany) Ernst-Arndt REINECKE, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Head of the Safety Research Department
(France) Nabiha CHAUMEIX, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Institut de Combustion, Aérothermique, Réactivité et Environnement, Deputy-Director
(France) Ahmed BENTAIB, Institut de Radioprotection et de sûreté Nucléaire, Expert
Japanese-European Research Collaboration of New Affordable and Durable Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells
KAKINUMA Katsuyoshi, University of Yamanashi, Professor
(Germany) Mehtap ÖZASlLAN, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Professor
(Switzerland) Arenz Matthias, University of Bern, Professor
Sustainability development and cost-reduction of hybrid renewable energies powered Hydrogen stations by risk-based multidisciplinary approaches
YAMAMOTO Toshiyuki, Nagoya University, Professor
(Norway) Nicola PALTRINIERI, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Associate Professor
(Poland) Andrzej RUSIN, Silesian University of Technology, Professor
(Turkey) Murat GÖKÇEK, Nigde Ömer Halisdemir University, Professor
(Spain) Marta MAROÑO, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas, Senior Researcher
Enhancement of Hydrogen Storage Properties of AlTiVCr Light Weight High Entropy Alloys (HEA) by Ti3C2 MXene and Severe Plastic Deformation
TSUJI Nobuhiro, Kyoto University, Professor
(Czech) Ludmila KUČEROVÁ, University of West Bohemia, Associate Professor
(Slovakia) Karel SAKSL, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor

ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society

①②⑤Period:FY2021 - FY2023
③④⑥ Period:FY2021 - FY2024 ※Support period has extended from (FY2021 - FY2023) to incorporate COVID-19 response

ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
①Organically Resilient and Secure Wireless Networks for Next-generation IoT Technologies to Serve Future Connected Societies
ISHIBASHI Koji, The University of ElectroCommunications, Professor (Germany) Giuseppe T.F. de Abreu, Jacobs University Bremen, Professor (Spain) Luis Hernández Encinas, State Agency Spanish National Research Council, Senior Researcher (Turkey) Kaya Demir, TÜBİTAK, Senior Researcher
②Formal Analysis and Verification of Post-Quantum Cryptographic Protocols
OGATA Kazuhiro, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Professor (Spain) Santiago Escobar, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Associate Professor (France) Ayoub Otmani, University of Rouen Normandie, Professor (Turkey) Sedat Akleylek, Ondokuz Mayis University, Associate Professor
③Detection of Fake News on Social Media Platforms
KURIBAYASHI Minoru, Okayama University, Associate Professor (Spain) David Megías, Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Professor (Poland) Wojciech Mazurczyk, Warsaw University of Technology, Professor
④Deep Learning Anticipated Urban Mobility Peaks
Jan-Dirk Schmöcker, Kyoto University, Department of Urban Management, Associate Professor (Germany) Constantinos Antoniou, Technical University of Munich Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, Professor (Hungary) Tamás Tettamanti, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Associate Professor (Spain) Juan Carlos García-Palomares, Complutense University of Madrid, Professor
⑤Assessment of Transformations in Vitality, Vulnerability and Versatility of Rural Towns
WAKAMATSU Kenji, Solution Service Dpt.II, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, General Manager
(until July 2023) MUKAIDA Akira, Solution Service Dpt.II, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, General Manager
(Germany) Walter T. de Vries, Technical University of Munich, Professor (Poland) Luc Ampleman, Institute of International Relations and Public Policies, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Jan Kochanowski University, Professor (Spain) Joaquin Sabaté Bel, Chair of Urbanism, Architecture School at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Professor
⑥Trustworthy Distributed Learning
YUKAWA Masahiro, Keio University, Associate Professor (Germany) Slawomir Stanczak, Technical University of Berlin, Professor (Poland) Tomasz Piotrowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Assistant Professor

Smart Water Management for Sustainable Society

②, ③ Period:FY2020 - FY2022
①, ④, ⑤ Period:FY2020 - FY2023 ※Support period has extended from (FY2020 - FY2022) to incorporate COVID-19 response

Smart Water Management for Sustainable Society
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
①Removal of obstacles in widespread application of membrane
technology: toward smart water management in future cities
(Real Method)
KIMURA Katsuki, Hokkaido University, Professor (Germany) Andrea Iris SCHÄFER, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Professor (France) Benoit TEYCHENE, University of Poitiers, Associate Professor (Turkey) Ismail KOYUNCU, Istanbul Technical University, Professor
②Sustainable water reclamation based on ceramic membrane filtration
NAKADA Norihide, Kyoto University, Senior Lecturer (Turkey) Ceyda Zeynep KOYUNCU, TUBITAK Marmara Research Center, Chief Researcher (Slovakia) Domenico PANGALLO, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Group Leader
③Soil eco-technology to recover water storage in Disturbed forests
FUJII Kazumichi, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Senior Researcher (Czech Republic) Jan FROUZ, Biology Centre CAS, Director (Slovakia) Peter ŠURDA, Slovak University of Agriculture, Professor (Germany) Werner GERWIN, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Professor
④Framework for organisational decision-making process in water reuse for smart cities
FUKUSHI Kensuke, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University, Academic Programme Officer (Germany) Serena CAUCCI, United Nations University UNU-FLORES, Senior Research Associate (Poland) Wieslaw FIALKIEWICZ, University of Wroclaw, Researcher (Czech Republic) Aleš FARDA, Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Scientist (Slovakia) Kluvankova TATIANA, Slovakia Academy of Sciences, Professor (Lithuania) Nijolė KAZLAUSKIENĖ, Institute of Ecology of Nature Research Center, Senior researcher
⑤Innovative UV-LED applications to drinking water and wastewater treatment systems for sustainable water management in future communities
OGUMA Kumiko, The University of Tokyo, Associate Professor (Germany) Jutta EGGERS, German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas&Water (DVGW), Senior Manager (Czech Republic) Ludek BLAHA, Masaryk University, Professor

4. Finished Projects

※The underlined researcher is the Project Leader

Functional Porous Materials

Period:FY2019 - FY2022※Support period has extended from (Period:FY2019 - FY2021) to incorporate COVID-19 response

Functional Porous Materials
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Nanoparticle Supramolecular Frameworks as Advanced Nanoporous Materials
AIDA Takuzo, The University of Tokyo, Professor (Spain) Javier MONTENEGROSantiago de Compostela University, Professor (Germany) Wolfgang PARAK, Universitat Hamburg, Professor (Lithuania)Edvinas ORENTAS, UAB Ferentis, Scientific adviser
Functional Porous Cementitious Nanocomposites for Heat Storage in Buildings Using Phase Change Materials
ISHIDA Tetsuya, The University of Tokyo, Professor (Germany) E.A.B. KoendersTU Darmstadt, Professor (Spain) J. Dolado, Spanish National Research Council, Senior Researche (Czech Republic)R. Pukl, Cervenka Consulting, Project Manager
Scientific Upgrading of Novel Multi-dimensional Microporous Catalysts for Green Chemical Reactions
KUBOTA Yoshihiro, Yokohama National University, Professor (France)Valentin VALTCHEV, National Centre for Scientific Research, Research Director
(Bulgaria) Petko PETKOV, University of Sofia, Associate Professor
Outperforming Functionality: Composite/Mixed Matrix Porous Materials in Membrane-Based Processes
KUMAKIRI Izumi, Yamaguchi University, Professor (Spain) Nazely DIBAN, University of Cantabria, Assistant Professor (Poland) Aleksandra PACULA, Polish Academy of Sciences, Research Scientist (Turkey)Enver GULER, Atılım University, Assistant Professor

Period:FY2019 - FY2021

Printable Fully Inorganic Porous Metal Oxide Based Perovskite Solar Cells: Defining Charge Selective Oxides for High-efficient and Low-cost Device Structure
ITO Seigo, University of Hyogo, Professor (Germany) Andreas HINSCH, Fraunhofer ISE, Senior research fellow
(France)Lionel FLANDIN, LEPMI, Professor

Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution

Period:FY2018 - FY2021 ※Support period has extended from (FY2018-FY2020) to incorporate COVID-19 response

Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Low-cost and efficient sodium-ion battery based on abundant elements
KOMABA Shinichi, Tokyo University of Science,
(Germany) Philipp Adelhelm, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Professor (Spain) Teofilo Rojo, CIC Energigune, Scientific Director and University of the Basque Country, Professor
Module-Aware Modelling and Assessment of Performance of Interconnected AC/MTDC Power Grids
SUZUKI Yoshihiko, Osaka Prefecture University, Associate Professor (Norway) Salvatore D'Arco, SINTEF Energy Research, Research Scientist (Germany) Sebastian Stock, Fraunhofer IWES, Research Scientist
Novel carbon-free cathode materials for metal-air rechargeable batteries
TADANAGA Kiyoharu, Hokkaido University, Professor (Spain) Mario Aparicio, Glass and Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio (CSIC), Scientific Researcher (Turkey) Tugrul Cetinkaya, Sakarya University, Assistant Professor (France) Alejandro A. Franco, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, Professor
Modular Megawatt-range Wireless EV Charging Infrastructure Providing Smart Grid Services
FUJIMOTO Hiroshi, The University of Tokyo, Associate Professor (Norway) Giuseppe Guidi, SINTEF Energy Research, Research Scientist (Germany) Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen University, Professor
Development of Advanced and Innovative metal supported Cells using proton conducting ceramics to foster Hydrogen society Implementation
MATSUMOTO Hiroshige, Kyushu University, Professor (Germany) Remi Costa, German Aerospace Center, Senior Research Scientist (Norway) Truls Norby, Oslo University, Professor

Food Crops and Biomass Production Technologies

Period:FY2017 - FY2021 ※Support period has extended to FY2021 to incorporate COVID-19 response

Food Crops and Biomass Production Technologies
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
Phytopathogens: a good Opportunity to Improve crop yieldS and quality under changing Environmental conditions
ITOH Kimiko, Niigata University, Professor (Spain) Javier Pozueta-Romero, CSIC Institute of Agrobiotechnology, Professor (Germany) Mohamad-Reza Hajirezaei, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research(IPK), Senior Scientist
Innovation Network to Improve Soybean Production under the Global Change OHKAMA-OHTSU Naoko, Tokyo University of
Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Professor
(Germany) Sonoko Dorothea Bellingrath-Kimura, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Professor (Turkey) Osman Erekul, Adnan Menderes University Aydin (ADU), Professor (France) Etienne-Pascal Journet, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Dr.
Towards a multi-approach study focused on Improving Resource Use Efficiency in Cereals under climate change MITSUI Toshiaki, Niigata University, Professor (Spain) Iker Aranjuelo, CSIC Agrobiotechnology Institute, Group head (Spain) Jose Luis Araus, University of Barcelona, Professor (France) Bertrand Gakiere, CNRS Universite Paris, Presidency (Germany) Eckart Priesack, Helmholtz Center, Group leader

Period:FY2017 - FY2020

Improving crop yield by enhanced plant performance under stress conditions SAKAKIBARA Hitoshi, Nagoya University, Professor (Spain) Stephan Pollmann, Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics, Professor (Spain) Jesus Vicente-Carbajosa, Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics, Professor (France) Anne Krapp, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, Deputy Director (Germany) Jutta Ludwig-Muller, Technische Universitat Dresden, Professor (Germany) Ralf Oelmuller, University Jena, Professor
Comparative potato and cassava OMICS for sustainable crop production SEKI Motoaki, RIKEN, Team Leader (Spain) Salome Prat , CSIC Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, Professor (Germany) Uwe Sonnewald, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Professor

Photonic Manufacturing

Period:FY2014 - FY2016

Photonic Manufacturing
TitleResearch Leader in Japan Research Leaders in the Overseas
FEmtosecond laser Advanced manufacturing for Ship-In-a-Bottle Lab-on-chips Enrichment
SUGIOKA Koji, RIKEN-SIOM Joint Research Unit, Unit Leader (Italy) Rebeca Martinez Vazquez, National Research Council Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN-CNR), Staff Researcher (Hungary) Lorand Kelemen, Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biophysics, Research Associate
Femtosecond laser microfabrication of diamond photonic circuits for quantum information
MIURA Kiyotaka, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Professor (Italy) Roberta Ramponi, National Research Council Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN-CNR), Director (Turkey) Ali Serpenguzel, Koc University, Microphotonics Research Laboratory, Director
Plasmon-enhanced Tera-Hertz emission by Femtosecond laser pulses of nanostructured semiconductor/metal surfaces
SAKODA Kazuaki, National Institute of Materials Science, Photonic Materials Unit, Unit Director (Italy) Stefano Sanguinetti, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Materials Science, Professor (Hungary) Akos Nemcsics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Senior Research Fellow
Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Professor, Germany
Functional Thin-Film Ferroelectric Materials for CMOS compatible Photonics
SHINOZAKI Kazuo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Professor (Switzerland) Juerg Leuthold, ETH Zurich Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF), Head of Institute (Italy) Mario Martinelli, Polytechnic University of Milan, Department of Electronics, Information and BioEngineering (DEIB), POLICOM Lab Director