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1) Project Objectives

CONCERT-Japan is one of the international cooperation activities of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). Within the framework of the FP7, the European Union is engaged in a variety of science and technology cooperation activities, and in January 2011 the CONCERT-Japan Project was launched with the general aim to further develop science and technology cooperation between Europe and Japan.

With a formal membership of 13 partner funding institutions representing 9 different countries, the CONCERT-Japan Project has the specific objective to conduct a Pilot Joint Call for research proposals, thereby enabling network-building, mutual learning and information exchange on the topic of science and technology policy.

"CONCERT-Japan" Website

2)Implementation of Joint Calls

The Pilot Joint Call on Research and Innovation was held between September and November 2012, calling for joint research proposals in the two prioritised thematic areas of "Resilience against Disasters" and "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution", and thereby promoting researcher interaction and exchange of ideas between funding agencies in terms of how best to provide multilateral research support. Following in depth evaluation and discussion among the funding agencies that participated in the Joint Call, 5 projects were selected for funding in the "Resilience against Disasters" field, and 4 projects were selected for funding in the "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution" field. In addition to Japan, 14 funding agencies from 11 European countries, comprising mainly CONCERT-Japan Consortium members, took part in the Joint Call.
A second Joint Call was held between February and April 2014 in the field of “Photonic Manufacturing”, with 5 funding agencies from 5 European countries taking part in addition to JST. Following a process of joint evaluation, 4 projects were selected for funding.

3) Duration and Scale of Support

The period of support is to last for 2 years until 2015, with each funded project to receive up to 10,000,000 JPY in total.

5) Previous Calls for Proposals

Previous Calls for Proposals
Month/Year Call Areas Press Release
May 2017 "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution"  
February 2016 "Food Crops and Biomass Production"  
September 2012 "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution" and "Resilience against Disasters" Details
February 2014 "Photonic Manufacturing" Details

6) Cooperative Research Projects

*The underlined researcher is the Project Leader

"Photonic Manufacturing"

"Photonic Manufacturing"
Title Researchers Name, Affiliation, Position Period
FEmtosecond laser Advanced manufacturing for Ship-In-a-Bottle Lab-on-chips Enrichment (FEASIBLE)
Koji Sugioka
RIKEN-SIOM Joint Research Unit, Unit Leader (Japan)
Rebeca Martinez Vazquez
National Research Council Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN-CNR)
Staff Researcher (Italy)
Lorand Kelemen
Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biophysics, Research Associate (Hungary)

Femtosecond laser microfabrication of diamond photonic circuits for quantum information(DiamondFab)
Kiyotaka Miura
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Professor (Japan)
Roberta Ramponi
National Research Council Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN-CNR)
Director (Italy)
Ali Serpenguzel
Koc University, Microphotonics Research Laboratory, Director(Turkey)

Plasmon-enhanced Tera-Hertz emission by Femtosecond laser pulses of nanostructured semiconductor/metal surfaces (FemtoTera)
Kazuaki Sakoda
National Institute of Materials Science, Photonic Materials Unit, Unit Director (Japan)
Stefano Sanguinetti
University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Materials Science, Professor (Italy)
Akos Nemcsics
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Senior Research Fellow (Hungary)
Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Professor, Germany

Functional Thin-Film Ferroelectric Materials for CMOS compatible Photonics (FF-Photon)
Kazuo Shinozaki
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Professor (Japan)
Juerg Leuthold
ETH Zurich Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF), Head of Institute (Switzerland)
Mario Martinelli
Polytechnic University of Milan, Department of Electronics, Information and BioEngineering (DEIB), POLICOM Lab Director (Italy)


"Resilience against Disasters"

"Resilience against Disasters"
Title Researchers Name, Affiliation, Position Period
Increasing resilience of urban planning (URBIPROOF)
Michio Ubaura
Department of Architecture and Building Science, Tohoku University, Associate Professor, Japan
Stefan Greiving
Institute of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University, Executive Director, Germany
Jaroslav Tesliar
Agency for the Support of Regional Development Kosice, Director, Slovakia

Road Networks for Earthquake Resilient Societies (ROADERS)
Eichi Taniguchi
Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University, Professor, Japan
Uwe E. Dorka
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universitat Kassel, Professor, Germany
Gabriela M. Atanasiu
Technical University of Gheorghe Asachi of Iasi, Professor, Romania
Russell G. Thompson
Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University, Senior Lecturer, Australia
Panagiotis Angeloudis Imperial College London, Lecturer, UK

Resilience against Disasters using Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Technologies for Rapid Mapping and Information Dissemination (RAPIDMAP)
Kohei Cho
School of Information and Science & Technology, Tokai University, Professor, Japan
Emmanuel Baltsavias
Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry,ETH Zurich, Senior Scientist, Switzerland
Fabio Remondino
3D Optical Metrology Unit, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Senior Scientist, Italy
Uwe Soergel
Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Professor, Germany

An Innovative Tie System for Improving the Monolithic Behavior of Masonry In-filled Reinforced Concrete Frames (INFILTIE)
Yoshiaki Nakano
Institute of Industrial Sciences, University of Tokyo, Professor, Japan
Polat Gulkan
Department of Civil Engineering, Cankaya University, Department Head, Turkey
Ekkehard Fehling
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Kassel, Head of Section of Concrete and Masonry Structures, Germany

Risk Assessment and design of Prevention Structures for enhanced tsunami DIsaster resilience (RAPSODI)
Yoshiyuki Nakamura
Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), Distinguished Researcher, Japan
Carl Bonnevie Harbitz
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Tsunami Discipline Leader, Norway
Andreas Kortenhaus
TU Braunschweig, Leichtweib Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources, Senior Researcher, Germany
Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner
METU Department of Civil Engineering, Ocean Engineering Research Center, Director, Turkey


"Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution"

"Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution"
Title Researchers Name, Affiliation, Position Period
Solar photocatalysis for generation of fuel (SolarFuel)
Bunsho Ohtani
Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, Professor, Japan
Sven Rau
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Ulm University, Director, Germany
Hynd Remita
Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, University of Paris-Sud, Head of Electron Transfer in Condensed Matter Team, France

Nanoradiator-Equipped Adsorbents for Safe and Energy Saving Methane Storage (NASEMS)
Katsumi Kaneko
Research Center for Exotic Nanocarbons, Shinshu University, Professor, Japan
Lucia Carlucci
Department of Chemistry, University of Milano, Associate Professor,Italy
Krisztina Laszlo
Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Professor, Hungary
Alain Fuchs
Department of Chemistry, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Researcher, President of CNRS, France
Francisco Rodriguez-Reinoso
Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Alicante University, Professor, Spain

Understanding Mesoscopic Behaviour of Li ion in All-solid-battery (UMBLA)
Toshiya Saito
Battery Research Division, Toyota Motor Corporation, Group Manager, Japan
J. Manuel Perlado
Institute of Nuclear Fusion, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Director, Spain
Arnulf Latz
The Institute of Technical Thermodynamics and Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Computational Electrochemistry, Head, Germany

Fundamental investigations on Improved Materials and Storage Concepts for a Hydrogen based Integrated Total Energy Utilisation System (iTHEUS)
Akihiro Nakano
Integrated Hydrogen System Group, Energy Technology Research Institute (ETRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Group Leader, Japan
Bjørn C. Hauback
Physics Department, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Head of Department, Norway
Martin Dornheim
Department of Nanotechnology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Head of Department, Germany
Andreas Züttel
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Head of Division Hydrogen & Energy, Switzerland
Torben Rene Jensen
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus, Associate Professor, Denmark


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