Joint Call 2023: Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities

, by EIG CONCERT-Japan

EIG CONCERT-Japan is delighted to announce the opening of its 10th joint call for proposals titled Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities. Proposals from interested researchers are now accepted, starting from Tuesday, May 23rd until Tuesday, August 1st (10.00 CEST) this year. 

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About Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities

What is the aim of the Solutions for Carbon-Neutral Cities call?

This call for proposals invites Japan and Europe-based researchers to develop new solutions to improve the sustainability of urban environments. As articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by 2030, achieving a climate-neutral society entails reducing the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by making improvements to air and water quality and waste management practices.

In this transition, climate resilient cities are the laboratories for transformative and sustainable solutions and transformational carbon-neutral solutions. For the transition to be inclusive and effective, it requires active involvement and cooperation among the various stakeholders living and working in cities. The transition to a climate-neutral society also presents opportunities for the development and deployment of new technologies and innovative solutions.

We welcome not only single-discipline research, but also research taking inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, which incorporate not only natural and social sciences, but also the involvement of key stakeholders, such as practitioners, industry and other individuals and groups of the general public relevant to the research.

More information on the thematic area can be found in the call text available below. 


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, and can accommodate a range of forms of collaboration, 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 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: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

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

Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Poland: National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)

Slovakia: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)

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: 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, or the National and Regional Contact Person for your country or region.