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JEUPISTE (Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology, FP7 grant agreement no 609585) is an EU funded project for the promotion, enhancement and development of Europe-Japan cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The project is supporting the EU-Japan STI policy dialogues through data collection and analytical reports. It also organises workshops and information days to promote cooperation programmes such as Horizon 2020 and facilitates partnership building through thematic events. The project furthermore addresses the individual needs of researchers and research organisations by implementing training seminars on Horizon 2020 project management and operates a help desk where any kind of inquiry related to EU-Japan STI cooperation can be addressed.

JEUPISTE was based on the success on the first project of its kind, J-BILAT. The JEUPISTE consortium consists of 10 partners of various types (governmental, NPO, higher education, SME) across geographical areas and disciplines, covering the full spectrum of the European Framework Programmes, including Horizon 2020. The project runs from September 2013 until February 2017.

Europe and Japan are facing similar societal challenges while sharing common values. Europe-Japan cooperation in Innovation, Science and Technology will be beneficial for both societies while there seems to be great potential for further cooperation. We believe that the level of cooperation can be enhanced through an appropriate series of analytical, promotional and supporting actions. In order to focus the activities, a number of key enabling technologies and societal challenges were selected. ICT, advanced materials, biotechnology, and innovation in SMEs have been selected as key enabling technologies. Health, demographic change and well-being, Secure, clean and efficient energy, and Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies were selected as societal challenges.


Objectives of the JEUPISTE project

  • Support to policy dialogues
  • Deployment of bilateral information services
  • Organization of networking events focusing on specific technologies and/or societal challenges
  • Organization of seminars/workshops for building of innovative partnerships
  • Operation of a help desk for EU-Japan for collaborative projects (including advice and assistance in administration, liaison with the EC and Japanese funding organizations, partner search etc.)
  • Contribution to the development of human resources for collaborative projects
  • Dissemination of results and discussion within the science community


Our main activities in a nutshell (organized by Work Packages)

Aim Main activities
Support to policy dialogues (WP2) Extensive collection, update and analysis of data on EU-Japan STI cooperation
Setting up a continuous process of exchange within Europe for further STI cooperation with Japan, the EU-Japan Interest Group
Feasibility study of a joint liaison office in Japan
Bilateral Dissemination (WP3) Events in Japan promoting Horizon 2020 for cooperation with Europe
Events in Europe promoting Japanese STI programmes
Coordination with other EU schemes
Networking and Twinning (WP4) Academic partnership building through intensive workshops, bringing together basic/frontier research communities
Innovation partnership building through intensive workshops, involving industry, PPP, academia and others, on the overarching theme of “smart communities”
Promoting dialogue among funding organisations
Helpdesk and Training of Experts (WP5) Helpdesk in Japan on Horizon 2020 and other relevant EU programmes
Training of Contact Points in Japan on Horizon 2020 in order to develop the human resources for collaborative projects
Training of Contact Points in Europe on Japanese STI programmes

Apart from these aims, there are also various tasks related to the management of the project (WP1) and the communication of its results such as the project website and newsletter (WP6).


The JEUPISTE project is being executed by a consortium of 10 partners

Institute for International Studies and Training (EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation; Coordinator) Japan
Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE) Italy
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Germany
Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) Greece
Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development (RCISD) Hungary
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Turkey
Agency for Management of Universities and Research Grants (AGAUR) Spain
Rete Internazionale per le Piccole e Medie Imprese (International Network for SMEs - INSME) Italy
National University Corporation Kobe University Japan
Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) Austria


consortium meeting Consortium meeting in Turin, November 2014 


Quality control and support

In order to guarantee the quality of the project activities, a dedicated Advisory Board has been set up, with 4 Japan-based and 9 Europe-based members, coming from academia, industry, and governmental as well as funding organizations. In addition, JEUPISTE is supported by a number of organisations with complementary expertise and potential for leverage effects.

  • Through MoU: EU Institutes in Japan, Kansai & Kyushu; The Engineering Academy of Japan; RIKEN; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS); Research University 11 consortium (RU11); the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
  • Through letters of support: The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI; JP); The Ministry of Human Resources (HU); The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (ES); NL Agency (NL); Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS; FR) ; EUJO-LIMMS project (FP7 INCOLAB; GA 295089).


Project results

The projects results can be accessed here: