The European Commission will invest almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme, following a new work programme for 2016-17 adopted on 13 October. The work programme is now available on the participant portal (link).
Through this new workprogramme, the third coordinated call for ICT was launched in Horizon 2020 with MIC and NICT. This time, 4 topics are available for joint projects: 5G, Novel ICT Robotics based solutions for active and healthy ageing at home or in care facilities, IoT/Cloud/Big Data platforms in social application contexts and Experimental testbeds on Information-Centric Networking (more info MIC - NICT).
Japanese organisations can participate in any regular Horizon 2020 call as well, in some calls Japanese participation is even welcomed. While there is no automatic funding for Japanese organisations in these calls from the European Commission, participating in a project can benefit the participating organisation in various ways such as increasing their network and keeping track of new technologies and developments. Some of these calls have support mechanisms for Japanese partners through JST (NMBP 02 - 03), or other Japanese programmes can be used to provide some funding for a Japanese organisation in the consortium.
A detailed list of calls in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 mentioning Japan can be downloaded from the JEUPISTE website (download PDF).
Please note that programmes for individual researchers in Horizon 2020 are also open to Japanese nationals. New is that a specific agreement on this has been signed between ERC and JSPS so that Japanese researchers can join ERC teams.
Please refer to the following documents and pages: