Last update: 23 July Record : The aim of this project is to promote an effective and coordinated science and technology cooperation between European countries and Japan with a view to further expanding and harmonizing already existing cooperation between them. The core project consortium included 13 ministries and research funding organisations from Japan, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. In this regard, first of all, the scientific commonalities between Europe and Japan are identified.
It was followed by a t call for t research funding, mobility and networking. The expected outcome at the end would be lessons learnt from the t activities and ensuring the sustainability of the t activities. A strategy for future t activities was developed in this respect. Ina pilot t call was launched in the thematic fields of efficient energy storage and distribution, and resilience against disasters. Two t workshops were also organized by CONCERT-Japan to bring together those funded projects in order to discuss and disseminate their progress, and future prospects, as well as offering an opportunity for further networking and collaboration-building among participants.
It is expected to ensure the sustainability of the project. Project Context and Objectives: CONCERT-Japan aims to promote an effective and coordinated science and technology cooperation between European countries and Japan with a view to further expanding and harmonizing already existing cooperation between them. The STI cooperation between European countries and Japan is being pursued in various bilateral and multilateral platforms.
In line with this process, the Japanese participation to the EU Framework Programmes has been rising since then. As the EU and Japan are two major scientifically advanced actors, they concurrently efforts and share the costs with regard to large scale, risk prone, coordinated research projects addressing common problems or global scientific issues. In the meanwhile, the bilateral science and technology cooperation between many European countries and Japan is also developing and expanding.
In this framework, the CONCERT-Japan project aims at consolidating the networking among the bilateral programmes between European looking for a country concert partner and Japan into a multilateral context, which are expected to result in pilot t activities.
With this rationale, the interested research funding organizations from European countries and Japan have come together to identify areas of t lookking and tools for implementing such cooperation. Project Coordinator Mrs. Task 1. The document gives an overview of the Japanese STI funding system; it describes the key policy makers and the flows of funding through different ministries to individual independent institutions.
A comprehensive table lists all involved actors and indicates their key activities. The core of the document consists of an inventory describing Japanese institutions managing international STI cooperation programmes. The document shows that despite the high amount of ministries involved in STI funding and their numerous independent administrative agencies attached, only few of them operate international STI programs. In addition, several research institutions operate smaller mobility programs in their own science and technology sector.
The report describes the budget distribution, looking for a country concert partner a picture about the main key research foncert of the country and also refers to the recent documents and decisions available shaping the Japanese STI policy. Coungry report highlights the particularities of the Japanese system in comparison to other countries. Regional and national as well as governmental and non-governmental programme owners were identified through desktop research and contacted to inquire about cooperation programmes with Japan.
The list was combined with the inventory of Japanese programme owners generated in task 1. The details on the programmes were collected in an electronic comprehensive and searchable database that was made publicly available through the CONCERT-Japan web. The database serves on one hand as a repository for the scientific community to facilitate the search for funding opportunities in collaboration with Japan, and on the other hand for analytical purposes for the CONCERT-Japan project itself.
The database served as a major input for the mapping of programmes, analysis of their strengths and cojcert and the development of recommendations for future cooperation further along the project. In addition an analysis was undertaken by the Japanese partners arising from the need to understand the patterns of cooperation at the level of researchers between European countries and Japan. The work was finalized in October and submitted to the EC.
This was not a contractual deliverable nor was it originally foreseen in the project proposal. Assessment of Japanese participation in FP7 programmes 2. Impact analysis of the existing bi- and multilateral cooperation programmes as gathered in the database in task 1. The analysis of Kooking participation in the Seventh Framework Programme revealed that most Japanese institutions submit proposals to the thematic priority information and communication technologies ICT and the Japanese act as project partners rather than coordinators.
Participants come mostly from universities and choose collaborative projects or coordination and support actions CSA. The participation in CSA also appeared to influence the success with research project proposals. The participation of European researchers in Japanese unilateral programmes was analyzed based on data provided by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science JSPS from 5 of their instruments available to international applicants.
It was concluded that the majority of European applicants comes from Germany, France and the UK, followed by Italy, Sweden, Poland and Spain, and is working in the fields of engineering, mathematical and physical sciences. The applicants are predominantly young scientists opting for a short-term stay in Japan. The programmes operate with rather small budgets aimed at basic research, mobility and networking activities in universities and public research institutions. Only few programmes are open to industry participation, applied research or innovation.
The impact of the programmes was not dependent on their budget. The report introduced three generic strategy options with regards to themes, target groups, activities and regional extension of a future t call. The funding organizations were given the options to choose between 1. Formulating a call which will accentuate topics, target groups and activities which were identified in already existing STI programmes synergy creation 2. Seeking to complement the funding conditions of established programmes 3.
Following a mixed strategy with both synergetic and complementary elements. The report gives a brief evaluation of the three options and makes it clear that the decision will have to be taken by the funding agencies also on a political level. A separate set of questions in the questionnaire deed for collecting information on ongoing programmes in task 1.
The analysed data from the questionnaire showed that the most preferred type of cooperation would be mobility schemes, research and development programmes or networking. In case of mobility programmes, the most favourable duration was less than 2 years, with host or sending organisations from public research or higher-education institutions. Most of the respondents would choose basic or applied research, with a typical duration of 3 years.
As for the target sector of the looking for a country concert partner, academia is most preferred, but with ificant support for the involvement of industry. The Conference also included presentations on good practices of cooperation between European countries and Japan by many European and Japanese programme owners from or outside of the consortium enhancing the awareness of the stakeholders about the current cooperation. As a result of the conference the report was updated and its final version was elaborated.
The work from Task 1. This Strategy will generate those conditions that will support a coordinated vision for the future t activities and it will be implemented in a pilot t call.
WP2 has been broken down x 3 tasks. Task 2. Research and countrg projects, networking workshops, partndr series and exchange of researchers funding of mobility were listed as funding instruments of t interests. Public research and higher education institutions were defined as the main target groups of future cooperation. The final version of the input paper was made available to the Consortium on 21 December The strategy describes the objectives such as to generate synergies in research funding with common interest and mutual benefits; to foster excellent research partnerships involving both academia and industry; to achieve a critical mass to tly address common challenges and to define common priorities for cooperation and to create a spillover effect to enhance cooperation in the frame of Horizonbackground and rationale, main principles of future t activities incl.
The communication with the outside programme owners and managers has already started around March - April with the questionnaire sent to them in the framework of Task 1. From then on, regular contacts with the outside programme owners and managers have been kept in various occasions. Originally a meeting was planned in order to inform outside programme owners about the strategy and the pilot t call. But as communication lines with the outside programme owners were already sufficiently established since the first quarter of CONCERT-Japan and because all the interested outside programme owners were already present at the Stakeholders Conference, the dedicated meeting of outside programme owners was cancelled.
This Pilot t Call Planning Meeting constituted the first occasion where the details and practicalities of the planned t call was discussed. Interested outside programme owners were also invited and participated in the first Funding Organizations Forum meeting which took place on March in Oslo, Norway. One of the special measures of this task was a road-show to attract additional programme owners. During the Pilot t Call Planning Meeting in Muelheim, it was discussed to limit this activity to a limited of actors as the project team already addressed possible interested programme owners several times.
During the period of January-Junea limited of outside programme owners were contacted to raise awareness about the t call.
In order to approach the outside programme owners, a document summarising the main elements of the t call was prepared. The total amount of commitment from these outside organizations to the pilot t call was 1, Euro. The quality assessment was finalised in May, and the report was consequently submitted to the EC. Additional activities: As the EC approved the prolongation of the project until December 31,it has been decided to launch a second t call. Apart from the funding organisations having participated in the first t call, additional programme owners were contacted by project partners to encourage them to participate in the second t call.
In the period of September January15 programme owners were contacted. The only deliverable expected to result from this task was D2.
The responses given to the IPR questionnaire were analyzed: in total, the IPR questionnaire was filled in by 32 different bilateral cooperation programmes. Most of the respondents of the survey mentioned that they would not require or oblige specific IPR arrangements for the CONCERT-Japan pilot t call but prefer only to recommend such arrangements to the applicant researchers and research organizations.
Proposed recommendations on the necessity of a specific IPR arrangement for the t call were collected, the analysis report was developed also to include these recommendations. The report was presented at the Pilot t Call Planning Meeting Muelheim, December, and validated with the programme owners. Two brokerage events took place in September to promote the Pilot t Call. The scope of the two Conferences was to promote the launch of the Pilot t Call, more specifically the two-day events' objectives were: - Inform researchers about CONCERT-Japan as well as the conditions and requirements to apply for the CONCERT-Japan Pilot t Call on Research and Innovation, and to provide details on proposal submission and project implementation - Offer researchers from Europe and Japan, the opportunity to present their research interests and project ideas to an international and qualified audience of researchers working in the same field, and to express their interest in research collaboration - Exchange information on European and Japanese research and innovation cooperation agendas and policies - Offer the opportunity to have one-to one meetings among researchers to facilitate the setting up of project consortia The events helped the scientists to present their ideas and find partners in order to form a consortium and submit a project to the t Call.
A call for proposals for participation was launched on June 13thlooking for a country concert partner the deadline for application on 9th of July The event in Tokyo was attended by more than researchers and policy makers over the course of the two days, with roughly 30 researchers attending from Europe.
The event in Milan was attended by around researchers and policy makers, with roughly 60 researchers.
The feedback received after both conferences was overall cojntry positive. The very high response rate lokking both thematic areas highlights the immense interest from the scientific community and demand for these kinds of multilateral funding schemes. The members of the Scientific Committees were nominated by each funding agency participating in the call. Their role was to give a score to each proposal A,B,C and establish the ranking list. The projects began between 1st of April and 1st of July Between February and Augustthe t Call Secretariat collected the intermediary reports due by the funded projects after one year of funding.
LtD, Planning Department, Traffic Research Group; Romania - Partnsr Ro and Bridges Division of Iasi Summary of achievements after one year of activities: The resilience of road networks under multiple events triggered by an extreme earthquake is a major concern in Partnre and Japan. This project has identified two such scenarios in its 1st research action RA1 : one in a rural setting in the vicinity of Iasi, Romania and the other for the Osaka region.