The EU and Japan are close partners on the international stage of research and innovation. Japan was an active partner in the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2007-2013). As of May 2015, Japanese entities participated 116 times in FP7 signed grant agreements, involving 56 different Japanese organisations, receiving a total EU contribution of €9.8 million. In this time, 352 Japanese researchers have been funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and 18 Japanese researchers have received an ERC grant. Since the start of Horizon 2020 in 2014, there have been 28 Japanese participations. In addition, the Commission has co-financed 20 joint projects in ICT, aeronautics, materials and energy for a total EU contribution of €34 million. The joint vision endorsed today is a statement of mutual understanding that gives support and substance to the strategic partnership governed under the 2011 Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. —- IP/15/5069
Towards a new strategic partnership in Research and Innovation between the European Commission and the Government of Japan —- Joint Vision
Excerpt: Thematic approach for promoting activities in key strategic areas
… In the 3rd meeting of the Joint Committee in May 2015, we acknowledged the substantial research and innovation cooperation between the EU and Japan in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Aeronautics,and Materials including Critical Raw Materials (CRMs). This includes, since 2011, seven successfully launched coordinated calls (two in ICT, two in Materials/CRMs, two in aeronautics and one in energy). Furthermore, it is planned to launch additional coordinated calls in the future. There is also an active ICT dialogue, an EU–US-Japan Trilateral CRMs dialogue and an EU-Japan working group on aeronautics research. In addition to these areas, we have a common view on the strategic significance of increasing cooperation in the fields of health/medical research, environment, energy, and high-energy physics in the future.
Frameworks that facilitate collaboration
… to be signed in May 2015. This arrangement provides opportunities for Japanese researchers to pursue research collaboration with European Research Council (ERC) grantees in Europe. The EU-funded Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions also provide opportunities for increasing the mobility of researchers between Europe and Japan. … We therefore appreciate highly the scheme developed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in close cooperation with the European Commission to establish a process for the joint funding of projects.