The mechanisms below were available during the Work Programme 2016-2017 and similar mechanisms are likely to continue for Work Programme 2018-2020. For more information on funding for Japanese organisations in Horizon 2020, please check our FAQ.
Through the Horizon 2020 work programme 2016-2017, the third coordinated call for ICT was launched with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication in Japan (MIC) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). 4 topics were available for joint projects:
At the 23rd EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo, held on 29 May 2015, the EU and Japan agreed to deepen their cooperation on Research and Innovation, based on a joint vision. The agreement builds on the strong research ties in areas like ICT and aeronautics and strengthen collaborations in health and medical research, environment, energy and physics and an agreement to stimulate scientific exchanges has been signed between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the European Research Council (ERC).
The common initiative launched is based on the existing EU-Japan Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement signed in 2009. The JSPS Fellows who will come for these scientific visits in Europe will continue to receive remuneration from JSPS. The first initiative of this kind was signed in July 2012 with the US (National Science Foundation, NSF) to provide opportunities for NSF researchers to join ERC-funded teams for shorter visits. This was followed by similar agreements with Korea (National Research Foundation of Korea, NRF) in November 2013 and with Argentina (National Scientific Technical Research Council, CONICET) in March 2015.
The 3rd EU-Japan Joint S&T Committee meeting in May 2015 endorsed a co-funding scheme developed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC). This scheme has the intention to support EU-Japan collaboration in research and innovation, and to provide funding to successful Japanese participants in open calls for proposals in Horizon 2020.
The co-funding scheme was initially applied to the following two call topics in Horizon 2020, Work Programme 2016-17, which opened in October 2015 (Deadline: first stage - 8 December 2015; second stage - 24 May 2016):
In these topics, Japanese participants may apply for funding from JST. JST will carry out its own evaluation of Japanese applicants.
This mechanism is not for Horizon 2020 projects, but is specifically targeted towards cooperation for projects between Japan and several European countries (target countries in Europe depend on the specific calls, in the lats call in 2016 these were France, Germany, Spain and Turkey). Calls are available every year to suuport Europe-Japan cooperation. Currently there is no open call.
For more information: http://concert-japan.eu/