Pilot Joint Call

With the aims of fostering bi-regional cooperation between Europe and Japan; increasing high quality research networking; developing and strengthening partnerships, and exchanging existing knowledge as well as creating new knowledge, the CONCERT-Japan Pilot Joint Call is expected to trigger sustainable and multilateral research cooperation between European and Japanese researchers.

The two thematic fields of the CONCERT-Japan Pilot Joint Call on Research and Innovation are as follows:

·    Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution and
·    Resilience against Disasters.

The CONCERT-Japan Pilot Joint Call on Research and Innovation is open for the submission of proposals from 3 September to 15 November 2012 (deadline of 1 pm GMT and 10 pm Japanese time).

In the frame of the call, research projects with an innovative dimension will be funded for a period of 2 years in the above mentioned themes. The research projects are expected to have mobility and networking dimensions in addition to the core research component.

If you are searching partners, please check here to see the profiles of researchers interested in this call.

In total, 15 national/regional funding organisations from 12 countries are contributing funds in the CONCERT-Japan Pilot Joint Call:

·    Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
·    Belgium/Flanders:
Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) (FWO will only fund basic research)
·    France:
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) (French ministries do not finance SMEs, but they might be able to participate under specific conditions)
·    France:
French Ministry of Higher Education and Science (MESR) (French ministries do not finance SMEs, but they might be able to participate under specific conditions)
·    Germany: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (In the thematic area “Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution” the BMBF will only fund basic research)
·    Germany/Region of North Rhine Westphalia: Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine Westphalia (MIWF) (Region NRW will only provide funding for the theme “Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution”)
·    Hungary:
Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) (OTKA will only fund basic research and only in the theme “Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution”)
·    Italy/Region of Lombardy
·    Italy/Province of Trento
·    Norway:
Research Council of Norway (RCN)
·    Romania:
National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS)
·    Slovakia:
Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
·    Spain:
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) (MINECO will fund research and mobility only in the theme “Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution”))
·    Switzerland:
ETH Zurich on behalf of State Secretariat for Education and Research
·    Turkey:
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)

Each project consortium applying for this call should consist of at least 3 partners, 1 from Japan and 2 from two different European countries participating in the call. The call will be funded by the budget allocated by each participating national/regional funding organization. Therefore, each participating funding organization reserves the right to apply its national/regional funding regulations.

The project proposals should be submitted electronically using the PT-Outline webtool for each thematic area which are accessible directly at:

-    https://www.pt-it.de/ptoutline/application/concert_energy
(for online proposal submission, for the thematic area “Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution”)

-    https://www.pt-it.de/ptoutline/application/concert_disaster
(for online proposal submission, for the thematic area “Resilience against Disasters”)

More information on how to submit a proposal with PT-Outline can be found in the Guidelines for Applicants. Proposals sent by post, e-mail, fax, telex or facsimile will be rejected. All proposals must be written in English. All other rules and regulations regarding the call, the funding and the proposal submission process can be found in the Call Text.

For the Call Text, please click here.

For the Guide for Applicants, please click here.

For the Project Description Form Template on Resilience against Disasters, please click here. For the Project Description Form Template on Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution, please click here.

The Project Description Form should be filled in and uploaded to the relevant PT-Outline tool before the submission of the project.

For the Presentation of the Call which was held at the CONCERT-Japan Partnering Events in Tokyo (10-11 September 2012) and Milan (27-28 September 2012), please click here.

For the Call Announcement Flyer, please click here

For more information on the CONCERT-Japan Pilot Joint Call on Research and Innovation, you may contact the Joint Call Secretariat or the Joint Call National and Regional Contact Persons (NRCPs):

CONCERT-Japan Joint Call Secretariat
Ms. Anna Boitard
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
E-mail: anna.boitard@cnrs-dir.fr
Phone:    + 33 (0)1 44 96 47 14
Fax:    + 33 (0)1 44 96 48 56

Contact Person for Japan
Mr. Yasutaka Sakurai
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
E-mail: concert@jst.go.jp
Phone:    + 81 3 5214 7375

Contact Person for Belgium
Dr. Olivier Boehme
Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
E-mail: olivier.boehme@fwo.be
Phone:    + 32 2 550 15 15
Fax:    + 32 2 512 58 90

Contact Person for France
Ms. Anna Boitard
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
E-mail: anna.boitard@cnrs-dir.fr
Phone:    + 33 (0)1 44 96 47 14
Fax:    + 33 (0)1 44 96 48 56

Contact Persons for Germany
Mr. Hans-Jörg Stähle
Internationales Büro des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung
beim Projektträger des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
E-mail: hans.staehle@dlr.de
Phone: +49 (0)228 3821 1403
Fax:    + 49 (0)228 3821 1444

Mr. Hans Westphal
Internationales Büro des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung
beim Projektträger des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
E-mail: hans.westphal@dlr.de
Phone: +49 (0)228 3821 1473
Fax:    + 49 (0)228 3821 1444

Contact Person for the Region of North Rhine Westphalia (Germany)
Mr. Michael Guth
ZENIT GmbH
E-mail: mg@zenit.de
Phone:    +49 (0)208 30004 56
Fax: +49 (0)208 30004 63
Only for researchers of North Rhine Westphalia in the field of Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution

Contact Person for Hungary
Mr. Elod Nemerkenyi
Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)
E-mail: nemerkenyi.elod@otka.hu
Phone:    +36 1 219 8757

Contact Person for the Region of Lombardy (Italy)
Ms. Laura Savini
CESTEC spa
E-mail: savini@cestec.it
Phone: +39 2 66737 371

Contact Person for the Province of Trento (Italy)
Mr. Fabrizio Ruzzenenti
Provincia Autonomia of Trento
E-mail: fabrizio.ruzzenenti@provincia.tn.it
Phone:    + 39 0461 495383

Contact Person for Norway
Mr. Thomas Hansteen
Research Council of Norway (RCN)
E-mail: thh@forskningsradet.no
Phone:    + 47 2203 7226

Contact Person for Slovakia
Mr. Martin Novak
Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
E-mail: mnovak@up.upsav.sk
Phone:     +421 2 5751 0179
Fax:    +421 2 57510602

Contact Person for Spain
Ms. Elena Leal Gonzalez
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)
E-mail: elena.leal@mineco.es
Phone:   +34916038731

Contact Person for Romania
Mr. Vasile Lungu
National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS)
E-mail: vasile.lungu@ancs.ro
Phone:    + 40 318 3065
Fax:    + 40 318 3065

Contact Person for Switzerland
Mr. Rahel Byland
ETH Zurich
E-mail: rahel.byland@sl.ethz.ch
Phone: +41 44 632 8465

Contact Persons for Turkey
Ms. Filiz Hayirli
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
E-mail: concertjapan@tubitak.gov.tr
Phone:     + 90 312 4685300 (ext.1910)

Ms. Gulsun Eryilmaz
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
E-mail: concertjapan@tubitak.gov.tr
Phone:     + 90 312 4685300 (ext.2808)