New initiative signed to foster ERC - Japan collaboration
On 9 October 2018 the European Commission's Director General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet, and the President of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Michinari Hamaguchi, signed a deal on a new initiative during the "Science and Technology in Society" forum in Kyoto. The initiative aims to encourage high-calibre researchers, who are supported by the JST, to make research visits to Europe, where they will temporarily join ERC-funded research teams.
Unitl now, 32 Japanese scientists have been awarded an ERC grant, hosted by universities and research organisation across Europe. In addition, it is estimated that around 300 team members of Japanese nationality have been engaged in ERC-funded projects. Following an agreement with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2015, 18 Japanese researchers, funded by JSPS, have also visited ERC teams.