CONCERT- Japan began as an ERA-NET project during the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
In January 2011, the CONCERT-Japan Project was launched with the general aim to further develop science and technology cooperation between Europe and Japan. With a formal membership of 13 partner funding institutions representing 9 different countries, the CONCERT-Japan project had the specific objective to conduct a Pilot Joint Call for research proposals, thereby enabling network-building, mutual learning and information exchange on the topic of science and technology policy.
6 Work Packages:
- WP1 : Data Gathering and Information Exchange on STI Cooperation
- WP2 : Joint Strategy for Coordinating STI Cooperation Programmes of European Countries with Japan
- WP3 : Preparing, Implementing and Assessing a Pilot Joint Call
- WP4 : Developing a Durable Programmatic Approach for Coordinated STI Cooperation
- WP5 : Communication, Dissemination, Public Relations and Dialogue
- WP6 : Project Management
The first Joint Call was open between September and November 2012 in the two prioritised thematic areas of "Resilience against Disasters" and "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution". 5 projects were selected for funding in the first thematic area, and 4 in the second one, for a duration of funding of 2 years. 14 funding agencies from 11 European countries took part in the Joint Call.
A second Joint Call was held between February and April 2014 in the field of “Photonic Manufacturing”, with 5 funding agencies from 5 European countries taking part in addition to JST. Following a process of joint evaluation, 4 projects were selected for funding.
Two joint workshops were also organized by CONCERT-Japan to bring together those funded projects in order to discuss and disseminate their progress, results and future prospects, as well as offering an opportunity for further networking and collaboration-building among participants. The first joint workshop on "Efficient Energy storage and distribution" took place in Jülich/Germany on 16-17 October 2014. The joint workshop on "Resilience against disasters" took place in Tokyo/Japan on 25 November 2014. 52 participants from Europe and Japan, including the funded researchers, CONCERT-Japan partners as well as observers, participated in the Resilience workshop.
Conclusion and continuation
At the end of the project a Strategy for a Durable STI Cooperation Programme was developed and a Conference for Facilitating STI Cooperation Programme was organized back-to-back to the Final Conference of the CONCERT-Japan project on 2nd December 2014 in İzmir, Turkey.