EIG CONCERT-Japan – Ninth Joint Call Open to Applications

Funding for joint proposals from Japan and Europe-based researchers on the theme of Design of Materials with Atomic Precision.

The European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan is an international joint initiative designed to support and enhance science, technology and innovation (STI) cooperation between European countries and Japan.

The Ninth Joint Call invites Japan and Europe-based researchers to develop new designs of material with atomic precision. Materials sciences is a field of fundamental research which encompasses a diverse range of research areas with a wide set of applications relevant to our daily lives, society and industry. Materials designed with intrinsic properties specifically tailored to the target application, thanks to the deliberate modification of their structure and composition at an atomic level, will bring a step forward in the field of multi-functional advanced materials design and development for multiple social and industrial applications.

Research proposals taking cross-sectoral approaches, which bring natural and social sciences together are welcomed. Proposals that involve various non-academic participants, such as practitioners, industry and other individuals and groups of the general public are also encouraged.

The call is open to applications from public and private legal RTD entities, higher education institutions and non-university research establishments, as well as enterprises and other kinds of organisations depending on the individual national/regional regulations and restrictions of the participating funding institutions.

The overall call budget is €3,943,468 and the following national/regional funding organisations have agreed to participate, leveraging their national/regional R&D programmes and applying their respective funding regulations:

  • Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)
  • Czech Republic: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)
  • Czech Republic: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Hungary: National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)
  • Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • Poland: National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
  • Slovakia: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
  • Spain: Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) – State Research Agency
  • Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)

Each project consortium submitting an application should consist of at least three eligible beneficiaries (project partners), one from Japan and two from two different European countries participating in the Joint Call.

Researchers and research teams from other European institutions may participate as additional partners in a project consortium if they can prove that they have secured funding from other sources that allows them to fulfil their obligations within the consortium.

Applications to the 2022 Joint Call must be submitted by 18 July 2022 (10:00 CEST).

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)