Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) announced the new projects provisionally selected*1 for the Fiscal Year 2018 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program (Appendix 1).
SATREPS is a science and technology diplomacy initiative that promotes international joint research using advanced science and technology from Japan in combination with Official Development Assistance (ODA). The program is a collaboration between JST and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Based on the needs of developing countries, JST and JICA cooperate to promote international joint research targeting global issues with an objective of utilization of research outcomes. Implemented through collaboration with ODA, the aim of the program is to acquire new knowledge and technology that lead to the resolution of global issues and the advance of science and technology, and through this process, to create innovations. International joint research under this program also aims to enhance the research and development capabilities of developing countries, and helps create sustainable research systems able to address and resolve issues. Also, SATREPS will actively correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*2 and contribute to the international community.
For FY2018, JST called for project proposals from researchers in Japan in three research areas—Environment/Energy, Bioresources, and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation—and began to accept proposals on September 12th, 2017. A total of 99 proposals were received by the close of applications on October 30th, 2017. The screening committee, composed of external experts, then reviewed the proposal documents and conducted interviews, including review from an ODA perspective, and provisionally selected 7 new projects, comprising 3 projects collaborating with Asian researchers and 4 with African researchers. Projects involving Republic of Djibouti and United Republic of Tanzania were selected for the first time, bringing the total number of countries selected for SATREPS projects to 49.
Support for these projects will commence as soon as the contracts are in place and preparations are complete.
SATREPS projects in the field of Infectious Diseases Control was transferred to the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) on April 1st, 2015, and are now conducted in collaboration between AMED and JICA.*3
- *1 Provisional selection:
- Before starting a project, an international agreement needs to be signed between MOFA and the government of the developing country regarding implementation of the project, followed by an agreement on the details of technical cooperation between JICA and the research counterpart(s) in the developing country. However, the situation in the developing country or the result of discussion of details with the research counterpart(s) may result in the research plan for the provisionally selected project being modified or the project itself being terminated. For this reason, the selection of these projects at this stage is “provisional selection”.
- *2 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015, the outcome document “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with “the Sustainable Development Goals” as a core component was adopted as a new and more comprehensive world action agenda for people, planet and prosperity.
- *3 AMED Press Release:
Appendix 1: Provisionally Selected Projects for FY2018
Appendix 2: Results of the FY2018 Selection Process
Reference : Overview of SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development)
Department of International Affairs (SATREPS Group), JST
K's Gobancho, 7 Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076
SATREPS URL: http://www.jst.go.jp/global/english/