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.
What is the aim of the Smart Water Management for Sustainable Society call?
This call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of water sustainability by inviting research teams from both Europe and Japan to collaboratively explore new areas of smart water management. The collaborative activities will fall in line with the United Nations 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. Specifically, the research scope tackles Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including, but not limited to, Goal 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation”, Goal 9 “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructures”, Goal 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and Goal 17 “Partnership for the Goals”.
There is a pressing need at a global scale to develop innovative technologies and systems of water use which are resilient to various natural and social changes, widely applicable to our societies with local consideration, and simultaneously sustainable in the long term. This is what motivates this call for research proposals on the theme “Smart Water Management for Sustainable Society”.
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: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Ministry of Education, Sports, Youth and Science (MEYS)
- 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)
- Slovakia: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
- Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
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.
Eligible costs and duration of funding
Within the framework of this EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Call, costs eligible for funding may be:
- Research materials and small-scale research equipment: Consumables, small equipment and subcontracting (for example for the fabrication of samples at a specialised facility) are eligible if theirneed is listed in detail and duly justified
- Travel costs: Only travel costs and associated living expenses incurred in travel tothe countries participating in the same project consortium (including additional partnersfrom countries/regionsother than those participating in the Joint Call who secure their own funding)areeligible
- Expenses for the organisationof small scientific events: Room rent, catering, printing of conference brochures, travel and accommodation of invited external experts (that do not form part of the project consortium but are considered necessary for the success of the event) are eligible
- Personnel costs
Funding will be provided for the maximum duration of 3 years. The funding of projects should start in April 2020 and should be concluded by March 2023.
Call budget and funding principle
The overall budget of this EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Call is the sum of the individual budgets allocated by each participating funding institution. Below is an overview of the individual national or regional funding contributions (indicative) envisaged in this call.
- Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)€300,000
- Czech Republic: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)€240,000
- Czech Republic: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)€600,000
- France: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)€110,000
- Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)€750,000
- Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)€750,000
- Lithuania:Agency for Science, Innovation & Technology (MITA)€100,000
- Poland: National Centre for Research and Development(NCBR)€750,000
- Slovakia: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)€120,000
- Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)€500,000
- Overall call budget €4,220,000
It is expected that 5 projects will be funded in this EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Call.
Further information: EIG CONCERT-Japan
Application deadline: 14 June