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The EIG CONCERT-Japan 4th Joint Call focusing on Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution now open

12 May 2017


CONCERT-Japan (Connecting and Coordinating European Research and Technology Development with Japan) began as an ERA-NET project funded by the FP7 between 2011 and 2014. Its primary function is to collaboratively implement multilateral joint funding with the objective of enhancing the cooperation between European countries and Japan in various fields of STI.

CONCERT-Japan is now continuing independently of EU support as an activity of the European Interest Group (EIG), hence the name "EIG CONCERT-Japan".

Regarding the success of its last joint call in 2016 on “Food Crops and Biomass Production technologies”, the EIG CONCERT-Japan is now glad to inform that its Joint call on "Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution" is open from May 2, until July 14, 2017.

Projects with an innovative dimension will be funded for a period of 3 years.

9 European and Japanese funding organizations are taking part in that Call.

Participant organizations.

The Joint Call is funded by 9 national funding organizations from 9 different countries:

  • Japan: Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • France: National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF)
  • Spain: Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness – through the State Research Agency (MINECO – AEI)
  • Norway: Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Slovakia: Slovak Academy of Science (SAS)
  • Czech Republic: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Lithuania: Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA)
  • Turkey: Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)

    Eligibility & Funding

Only researchers based in these countries are eligible for funding in this EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Call. Other researchers/research teams from other countries/regions may participate as additional partners in a project consortium if they can prove that they have secured funding from other sources.

Project consortium should consist of at least 3 beneficiaries: one from Japan and two from two different European countries participating in the Joint Call. Funding will be provided for a maximum duration of 3 years, starting in April 2018. The research projects are expected to have mobility and networking dimensions in addition to the core research component. It is expected that 5 projects will be selected for funding.

The eligibility of all costs depends on the relevant national / regional regulations and should be calculated accordingly. In general, eligible costs are:

-  Research materials and small-scale research equipment,
-  Travel costs,
-  Living expenses,
-  Expenses for the organisation of small scientific events,
-  Personnel costs,
-  Indirect costs.
Restrictions may apply.


The proposals will be evaluated according to their scientific quality, impacts and implementation.

The evaluation process will consist in 4 steps:

1. The eligibility criteria check
2. Peer-reviewers online evaluation. Each project will be reviewed by at least two evaluators. Based on these online evaluations, a preliminary ranking list is prepared.
3. Meeting of the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee is composed of high-level scientists nominated by the funding institutions participating in the Joint Call and is chaired by an independent chairperson. It will review the ranking list based on the online evaluations and recommend to the FOF a list of proposals to be funded. Evaluators who have already participated in the online evaluation cannot be nominated as a member of the Scientific Committee.
4. Meeting of the Funding Organizations Forum. The Funding Organizations Forum will make the final decision on the proposals to be funded on a consensus basis, based on the recommendations of the Scientific Committee. It will discuss and approve the recommended projects according to the ranking list and available budget.

Submission process

Only one of the project leaders (the "Principal Project Leader") should formally submit a proposal on behalf of the whole project consortium on the dedicated platform.

Caution: Some funding organization may require additional submission on their system.

Refer to national rules.

Application, deadline: July 14, 2017

For additional information on the EIG and this Joint Call, please visit the EIG CONCERT-Japan website

Contact person: Cerise Randon, Joint Call Secretariat

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