JST (President, Michinari Hamaguchi) has approved funding to five multilateral joint research projects (Attachment 1), in collaboration with eight funding agencies from eight European countries (Attachment 3) in the framework of the EIG CONCERT-Japan*1)
1) Low-cost and efficient sodium-ion battery based on abundant elements (LIBRA)
Shinichi Komaba, Professor, Tokyo University of Science (Japan)
Philipp Adelhelm, Professor, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany)
Teofilo Rojo, Scientific Director, CIC Energigune and Professor, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
2) Module-Aware Modelling and Assessment of Performance of Interconnected AC/MTDC Power Grids (MODULATOR)
Yoshihiko Susuki, Associate Professor, Osaka Prefecture University (Japan)
Salvatore D’Arco, Research Scientist, SINTEF Energy Research (Norway)
Sebastian Stock, Research Scientist, Fraunhofer IWES (Germany)
3) Novel carbon-free cathode materials for metal-air rechargeable batteries (CarFree)
Kiyoharu Tadanaga, Professor, Hokkaido University (Japan)
Mario Aparicio, Scientific Researcher, Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio (CSIC) (Spain)
Tugrul Cetinkaya, Assistant Professor, Sakarya University (Turkey)
Alejandro A. Franco, Professor, Université de Picardie Jules Verne (France)
4) Modular Megawatt-range Wireless EV Charging Infrastructure Providing Smart Grid Services (MoMeWEC)
Hiroshi Fujimoto, Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo (Japan)
Giuseppe Guidi, Research Scientist, SINTEF Energy Research (Norway)
Antonello Monti, Professor, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
5) Development of Advanced and Innovative metal supported Cells using proton conducting ceramics to foster Hydrogen society Implementation (DAICHI)
Hiroshige Matsumoto, Professor, Kyushu University (Japan)
Rémi Costa, Senior Research Scientist, German Aerospace Center (Germany)
Truls Norby, Professor, Oslo University (Norway)
The CONCERT-Japan Project started as an international cooperation activity within the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). Its continuation as “European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan” has a formal membership of 11 partner funding institutions representing 10 different countries (Attachment 2), and aims to further develop science and technology cooperation between Europe and Japan by enabling network-building, mutual learning and information exchange on the topic of science and technology policy.
In 2012, a pilot Joint Call was conducted by the CONCERT-Japan Project, and as an outcome of that cooperation nine multilateral research projects were selected for funding in the two prioritised thematic areas of "Resilience against Disasters" and "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution"*2). In the second Joint Call, four projects in the field of “Photonic Manufacturing” *3) were chosen for funding. In the third, five projects in the field of “Food Crops and Biomass Production Technologies” *4) were funded.
In 2017, the fourth Joint Call was conducted from May 2 to July 14 in the research field of “Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution”, to which a total of 29 proposals was submitted. Following in depth evaluation and discussion among funding agencies that participated in the Joint Call, it has been decided by the Science Committee Meeting (Attachment 4) that JST will jointly fund five projects in this field. The period of support is to last for 3 years, with each funded project to receive up to 18 million JPY in total.
- *1) CONCERT-Japan: Connecting and Coordinating European Research and Technology Development with Japan
- The CONCERT-Japan project was funded by the European Union (EU) as one of their international cooperation activities within the ERA-NET ((European Research Area Network) of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development (FP7). Its continuation, the EIG CONCERT-Japan project, aims to further develop existing cooperation between European countries and Japan by promoting and enabling effective collaboration in science and technology research. (http://concert-japan.eu/)
- *2) Resilience against Disasters Joint Call and Efficient Energy Storage Distribution Joint Call
- Participating research funding organisations from Japan and Europe implemented a multilateral Joint Call for proposals as a part of the CONCERT-Japan project. Through the implementation of this Pilot Joint Call, the most effective methods of attracting and jointly funding proposals were investigated. In addition to Japan, 14 funding agencies from 11 European countries, comprising mainly of CONCERT-Japan Consortium members, took part in the Joint Call.
- *3) Photonic Manufacturing Joint Call
- Research funding organisations from Japan and Europe implemented a second multilateral Joint Call for proposals as a part of the CONCERT-Japan project. In addition to Japan, five funding agencies from five European countries, comprising mainly of CONCERT-Japan Consortium members, took part in the Joint Call.
- *4) Food Crops and Biomass Production Technologies Joint Call
- Research funding organisations from Japan and Europe implemented a multilateral Joint Call for proposals as a part of the successor program EIG CONCERT-Japan. In addition to Japan, four funding agencies from four European countries, comprising mainly of CONCERT-Japan Consortium members, took part in the Joint Call.
Attachment 3: EIG CONCERT-Japan (Connecting and Coordinating European Research and Technology Development with Japan) Funding Organisations that participated in the Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution Joint Call
Reference : Overview of the EIG CONCERT-Japan Project
Japan Science and Technology Agency, Department of International Affairs
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Clement Ng (Mr.), Junko KATAYAMA (Mrs.), Yukihiro HISANAGA (Mr.)