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JST Press Release #1347

November 16, 2018
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
5-3, Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666
URL https://www.jst.go.jp/EN

JST to Fund 5 Projects in EIG CONCERT-Japan
within the Framework of the
Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)

JST (President, Michinari Hamaguchi) has approved funding the following 5 multilateral joint research projects details in (Attachment 1)in the research field of “Functional Porous Materials”, in collaboration with 9 funding agencies from 8 European countries (Attachment 2) in the framework of the EIG CONCERT-Japan*1 under SICORP.

1) Nanoparticle Supramolecular Frameworks as Advanced Nanoporous Materials (SUPRAPOROUS)

Japan: Takuzo Aida, Professor, The University of Tokyo
Spain: Javier Montenegro, Professor, Santiago de Compostela University
Germany: Wolfgang Parak, Professor, Universität Hamburg
Lithuania: Edvinas Orentas, Scientific adviser, UAB Ferentis

2) Functional Porous Cementitious Nanocomposites for Heat Storage in Buildings Using Phase Change Materials (PoroPCM)

Japan: Tetsuya Ishida, Professor, The University of Tokyo
Germany: E.A.B. Koenders, Professor, TU Darmstadt Spain: J.Dolado, Senior Researcher,
Spain: Spanish National Research Council
Czech Republic: R.Pukl, Project Manager, Cervenka Consulting

3) Printable Fully Inorganic Porous Metal Oxide Based Perovskite Solar Cells: Defining Charge Selective Oxides for High-efficient and Low-cost Device Structure (PROPER)

Japan: Seigo Ito, Professor, University of Hyogo
Germany: Andreas Hinsch, Senior research fellow, Fraunhofer ISE
France: Lionel Flandin, Professor, LEPMI

4) Scientific Upgrading of Novel Multi-dimensional Microporous Catalysts for Green Chemical Reactions (MicroGreen)

Japan: Yoshihiro Kubota, Professor, Yokohama National University
France: Valentin Valtchev, Research Director, National Centre for Scientific Research
Bulgaria: Petko Petkov, Associate Professor, University of Sofia

5) Outperforming Functionality: Composite/Mixed Matrix Porous Materials in Membrane-based Processes (X-MEM)

Japan: Izumi Kumakiri, Associate Professor, Yamaguchi University
Spain: Nazely Diban, Assistant Professor, University of Cantabria
Poland: Aleksandra Pacula, Research Scientist, Polish Academy of Sciences
Turkey: Enver Guler, Assistant Professor, Atılım University

The CONCERT-Japan 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 12 partner funding institutions representing 11 countries (Attachment 3) 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 2018, the fifth Joint Call was conducted from April 2 to June 11 in the research field of “Functional Porous Materials”, to which a total of 43 proposals was submitted. Following in depth evaluation by the Science Committee Meeting (Attachment 4) and subsequent discussion among funding agencies that participated in the Joint Call, it has been decided that JST will jointly fund the above 5 projects. The period of support is to last for 3 years, during which Japanese researchers in each project receive up to 18 million JPY in total.

The CONCERT-Japan 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/)
Pilot Joint Calls on “Resilience against Disasters” Joint Call and “Efficient Energy Storage Distribution”
Participating organizations: 14 funding agencies from 11 European countries
Call Announcement: https://www.jst.go.jp/sicp/announce_cj.html (in Japanese only)
Announcement on Selected Projects: https://www.jst.go.jp/pr/info/info960/index_e.html
The 2nd Joint Call on “Photonic Manufacturing”
Participating organizations: 5 funding agencies from 5 European countries
Call Announcement: https://www.jst.go.jp/sicp/announce_cj2.html (in Japanese only)
Announcement on Selected Projects: https://www.jst.go.jp/pr/info/info1059/index_e.html
The 3rd Joint Call on “Food Crops and Biomass Production Technologies”
Participating organizations: 4 funding agencies from 4 European countries
Call Announcement: https://www.jst.go.jp/sicp/announce_cj3_e.html
Announcement on Selected Projects: https://www.jst.go.jp/pr/info/info1239/index.html (in Japanese only)
The 4th Joint Call on “Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution”
Participating organizations: 8 funding agencies from 9 European countries
Call Announcement: https://www.jst.go.jp/sicp/announce_cj4_e.html
Announcement on Selected Projects: https://www.jst.go.jp/pr/info/info1299/index_e.html


Attachment 1: EIG CONCERT-Japan Projects Selected for Funding (2018)

Attachment 2: EIG CONCERT-Japan Funding Organizations that participated in the Functional Porous Materials Joint Call

Attachment 3: EIG CONCERT-Japan Partner Institutions

Attachment 4: Science Committee Members that Participated in the Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution Joint Call

Annex : Overview of the EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Call on “Functional Porous Materials”


Department of International Affairs, JST
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