Joint Call 2020: ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society

Joint Call 2020: ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society

, by EIG CONCERT-Japan

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The European Interest Group Concert-Japan is delighted to announce the opening of its 7th joint call for proposals on the theme of ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society. Proposals from interested researchers are now accepted, starting from Monday, May 18th until Friday, July 17th this year. 


About ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society 

What is the aim of the ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society call?

This call for proposals invites Japan- and Europe-based researchers to explore novel, innovative and improved ways of addressing the diverse risks and threats that exist at the junction of cyberspace and physical space with the help of information and communications technology, and to contribute to the goal of building a resilient, safe and secure society. 

We especially welcome research proposals which draw simultaneously on natural and social sciences to find solutions to these challenges, taking into consideration ethical, legal and social issues which arise as we transition into a digital society. Proposals that involve various non-academic participants, such as practitioners, industry and other individuals and groups of the general public to whom these risks represent a reality are also encouraged. 

What is EIG CONCERT-Japan?

The European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan is an international joint initiative to support and enhance science, technology and innovation (STI) cooperation between European countries and Japan. EIG CONCERT-Japan is flexible and inclusive in nature, able to accommodate a range of forms of collaboration ranging from unanimous concerted efforts to optional participation among its core members and other interested STI institutions.

The primary function of the EIG CONCERT-Japan is to implement multilateral joint funding collaboratively, with the objective of enhancing cooperation and promoting transnational mobility between European countries and Japan in various fields of STI.

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Which countries and institutions are participating?

The following national/regional funding organisations have agreed to participate in this joint call, 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)

France: National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Hungary: National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)

Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Lithuania : Agency for Science, Innovation & Technology (MITA)

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)


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. In addition, in consideration of the priority to spread research networks across Japan and the Europe, projects with 4 or more partner countries will be given strong consideration.

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 Joint Call Secretariat, Ms. Zaïha Arezki, at, or the National and Regional Contact Person for your country or region.


Access the Call Document below >

View Guidelines for Applicants below >