We have confirmed 60 projects with Japanese organisations in Horizon 2020 over a three year period 2014-2016. 2016 proved to be a strong year with as much participation as in 2014 after a drop of participations in 2015. The number of projects for 2016 can still increase as some selected projects have not yet signed the grant agreement. In these 60 projects, 52 different Japanese entities are participating. Japanese universities are the largest group of organisations with 41% of the participation, followed by Japanese companies with 26% and research centers with 20%. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) related projects rank first with 25 projects, followed by 11 ICT projects and 6 Environment projects.
This number is lower as compared to FP7 (2007-2013), the programme that preceded Horizon 2020. In FP7, 159 projects included Japanese participants. This is a general trend for all participation from third countries (outside Europe).
Japanese companies are largely participating through their affiliate organisations in Europe. So far, 95 projects involving 50 different Japanese affiliate companies are currently running in Horizon 2020. ICT is the most popular area.