Call: Funtional Porous Materials

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In recent years, the degree of freedom in designing and controlling the composition and structure of substances and materials has increased dramatically, and with it the promise for vital new functions to help solve major problems in society and industry.
Technology applications now stand to benefit from a conceptual shift from historical concepts of “interfaces” and “surfaces”, to encompass phenomena related to pore structure and dimensions. In this era of functional porous materials, referred to as nanospace materials in some research, innovation is particularly expected from the cross-collaboration over diverse fields from materials to life science.

The ever-growing need for advances in material research has been recently accelerated by the demand for countermeasures for climate change. Many ideas for harnessing developing technology are required from a global pool of academic and industry stakeholders particularly towards sustainable and low-carbon solutions.

Porous material technology holds much potential to contribute to these and other causes through improvements to high energy conversion, superconductors, high ionic conductors, heat-resistance, mechanical strength, lightweight materials, bioactivity and medicine.

The overall advancement of functional porous material technology is hence a global priority area, motivating this Call for Proposals to address material and application research in a combined holistic setting.

Which countries and institutions are participating?

The following national and regional funding organisations have agreed to participate in this joint call, leveraging their national and 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)
France: National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Lithuania: Agency for Science, Innovation & Technology (MITA)
Poland: National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
Spain: State Research Agency AIE – Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO)
Türkiye: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TÜBITAK)

How should project consortia be composed?

Each project consortium submitting an application should consist of at least 3 eligible beneficiaries (project partners), 1 from Japan and 2 from two different European countries participating in the Joint Call.

Partner Search Tool

In order to facilitate the process of forming research consortia, we offer applicants a Partner Search Tool – Partfinder available here: https://partfinder.ncbr.gov.pl/. This tool can be used by projects looking for partners and partners looking for projects.

Can researchers from other European institutions participate?

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. A confirmation letter of the external sponsoring institution has to be submitted at the time of proposal submission.

What if I have questions?

If you have questions, please contact the EIG Concert-Japan Program Secretariat, Ms. Lea Debraux, at concert-japan-jcs@cnrs.fr, or the National and Regional Contact Person for your country or region.

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