The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Japan Science and Technology Agency are supporting joint projects through strategic project support measures in order to promote cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and Japan. The measure is aimed at promoting joint research projects of mutual interest and thus contributing to intensified scientific and technological cooperation (STC) with each country. Knowledge, experience, research infrastructures and other resources of both sides will be pooled to generate added value for the participating partners. The exchange of knowledge and joint developments are intended to provide the long-term basis for mutual market access and lasting economic cooperation.
Funding will be provided for cooperation between representatives of German and Japanese industry and science in the form of “2+2 projects” in the fields of optics and photonics. “2+2 projects” is deemed to mean research and development (R&D) projects involving at least one German and one Japanese research-performing industrial partner and at least one German and one Japanese research institution. In the case of the German industrial partner, this call is targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. The funding is intended to create the basis for a lasting R&D innovation partnership in one of the following domains:
- Optical metrology and sensing
- Organic electronics
- Photonics in manufacturing
- Optical components and systems
The projects will be expected to have great practical relevance and to produce insights and exploitable research results which lead to new technologies, products and/or services. Upon completion, the projects should attain a technology readiness level (TRL) of 3 to 7.
Available funding on the German side: project grants usually amounting to 200,000 euros per collaborative project and year usually for a maximum period of 36 months. Japanese side: up to 54 million Japanese yen per project (including 30% overhead expenses); approximately 18 million Japanese yen per project per year.
The project period is usually for 36 months.
Application deadline: 25 September 2019
Further information: JST