Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA): Inviting applications for ‘Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)’ to promote international joint research targeting global issues with an objective of utilization of research outcomes.

Funding brief: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in collaboration with Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).

Please note that the following information on applying for SATREPS is targeted for researchers who belong to Japanese research institutions/universities in Japan. Researchers in other countries should consult their national government agency responsible for ODA technical cooperation, the Embassy of Japan, or JICA offices in their resident countries.

The SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) program is a collaboration between two Japanese government agencies: the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Based on the needs of developing countries, JST and JICA cooperate to promote international joint research targeting global issues with an objective of utilization of research outcomes. Implemented through collaboration with Official Development Assistance (ODA), the aim of the program is to acquire new knowledge and technology that lead to the resolution of global issues and the advance of science and technology, and through this process, to create innovations. International joint research under this program also aims to enhance the research and development capabilities of developing countries, and helps create sustainable research systems able to address and resolve issues.

The SATREPS program constitutes an important component of the science and technology diplomacy promoted by the Japanese government. In addition to providing support for basic and applied research, the program aims to establish a structure for utilization of research outcomes in order to respond to the issues and needs of the counterpart country, thereby strengthening diplomatic relations between Japan and the counterpart country while also contributing to the national interests of Japan.

Research Fields *1 Research Areas Cooperation request from developing country Research Period JST/JICA Funding
Environment / Energy Research contributing to the solution to global-scale environmental issues (Contributing to SDGs – response to climate change, conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources, and pollution prevention and control) Compulsory 3 to 5 years
(after provisional period*2)
Approx. 100 million yen per project per year(including indirect expenses)

Funding split:
JST (Contract research expenses):
Approx. 35 million yen per year (Max. 175 million yen over 5 years)
JICA (ODA project expenses under the
technical cooperation framework):
Approx. 60 million yen per year (Max. 300 million yen
over 5 years)

 

Environment / Energy Research contributing to advanced energy systems for low carbon society (Contributing to SDGs – clean energy and climate action)
Bioresources Research contributing to sustainable production and utilization of bioresources (Contributing to SDGs – food security, health promotion, nutrition improvement, and sustainable agriculture, forestry, and fisheries)
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Research on disaster prevention and mitigation towards social sustainability (Contributing to SDGs – analysis of disaster mechanisms, prior countermeasures, and disaster occurrence to post-disaster recovery and reconstruction processes)

Criteria:
♦ Direction and feasibility of utilization of research outcomes— The proposed project must envisage utilization of research outcomes in society, including ideas for what can be applied, when it can be applied, how it can be applied, and when the objectives are likely to be realized. Not all above requirement needs to be achieved within the research period; however, the following should be clearly defined: the idea to return the outcomes expected in the research plan to society, such as by outlining the direction for the partner country’s future activities, or for deployment to other regions or markets; and the way in which research outcomes will be utilized in society during the research period.
♦ Alignment with ODA policy and appropriateness as ODA project— The proposal must be based a clear need for the ODA recipient country to address a global issue, must be largely in line with Japan’s ODA policy with regard to that country, and must be feasible and appropriate as an ODA project aiming to utilize the research outcomes to benefit society.
♦ Scientific/technological value— The proposal must target the acquisition of new knowledge that can lead to the advancement of science and technology and to the development of new technology for addressing global issues.
♦ Merits for Japan— The project must have the potential to develop science and technology that could not be achieved by research in Japan alone, to contribute to society or the business community, to train young Japanese researchers, to make effective use of Japan’s science and technology in the developing country and globally, and moreover, to strengthen Japan’s presence.
♦ Setup for research in both countries— There must be a concrete plan for joint research with the developing country, a clear designation of the chief researcher in Japan and in the partner country, and of research institutes or other setups in both countries to undertake the research activities; research institutes in the partner country must not be engaged in other projects that require excessive effort, and a framework for implementing the research must be in place. Moreover, at the end of the joint research period, the developing country must have prospects for continuing to manage and maintain the machinery and equipment provided and continue with research.
♦ Efficient & appropriate research plan— There must be a suitable research expenses plan that takes into account research cost performance in the promotion of joint research.
♦ Competent principal investigator— It is vital for the principal investigator to possess strong resolve and enthusiasm for promoting joint international research as the leader of a joint research team as well as exhibit strong and trustworthy leadership under JICA technical cooperation.

Donor Name: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA)
Funding name: Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)

Deadline: November, 12th, 2018 (Mon) at 12:00 noon (Japan Time).

● The deadline for submitting the official request for ODA technical cooperation is on Friday November, 2nd, 2018.

● The internal deadline used by the counterpart ministry or agency is normally set earlier than the submission deadline, so please take that into account when liaising with the counterpart research institute. If the counterpart government does not request a technical cooperation project, a research proposal submitted in Japan will be considered incomplete and not be selected.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The overall contract research expenses awarded by JST per project shall be approximately JPY 35 million per year (and not exceed a total of JPY 175 million for a five year project), including indirect expenses and overhead.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: May, 2019 or later, following signing of the R/D

Project duration: The period of international joint research (period to conduct the technical cooperation project set out in the R/D) is three to five years.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● 
An overseas researcher dispatched to the developing country does not necessarily have to be the principal investigator.
● Other members of the Japanese research team necessary for the joint development are eligible. However, postgraduate and other students are not eligible to be sent under the “dispatch of overseas researchers (Japanese researchers) for overseas research” designation.
● A project is not eligible if it consists merely of transfer of Japanese technology without entailing any joint research, or solely of surveys and other simple operations that do not make any contribution to the advancement of science and technology, or if it produces outcomes that can only be of benefit to one particular country
● One restriction applied to all research areas is that clinical trials and medical practice are not eligible for the SATREPS program. Note also that for some research topics, there may be a requirement to take specific ethical perspectives into account.
● An applicant can file only one research proposal as principal investigator for this program across all the research areas (including Infectious Diseases Control field handled by AMED).
● The SATREPS program is implemented as a technical cooperation project on the basis of an official request from a partner country and international agreements between the partner country and Japan; in principle, the program does not cover private-sector companies or NGOs without government ownership. However, if the partner country’s research institute is a government entity, private-sector companies and NGOs may participate in the research, provided that the research institute recognizes said organizations as collaborating partners and said organizations pay for their own expenses.

● Eligible research fields and areas

Research Fields Research Areas
Environment and Energy 1. Research contributing to the solution to global-scale environmental issues (Contributing to SDGs – response to climate change, conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources, and pollution prevention and control)

2. Research contributing to advanced energy systems for low carbon society (Contributing to SDGs – clean energy and climate action)

Bioresources 3. Research contributing to sustainable production and utilization of bioresources (Contributing to SDGs – food security, health promotion, nutrition improvement, and sustainable agriculture, forestry, and fisheries)
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation 4. Research on disaster prevention and mitigation towards social sustainability (Contributing to SDGs – analysis of disaster mechanisms, prior countermeasures, and disaster occurrence to post-disaster recovery and reconstruction processes)

Eligible Country: Please refer to Appendix 1 of the guideline for the countries that are eligible to request ODA.
1. India, 2. Republic of Indonesia, 3. Kingdom of Cambodia, 4. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 5. Kingdom of Thailand, 6. Nepal, 7. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 8. People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 9. The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste ,10. Republic of the Philippines ,11. Kingdom of Bhutan, 12. Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, 13. Malaysia, 14. Union of Myanmar ,15. Republic of Maldives ,16. Mongolia ,17. Lao People’s Democratic Republic ,18. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ,19. Republic of Iraq, 20. Islamic Republic of Iran, 21. Palestine Liberation Organization, 22. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 23. Republic of Azerbaijan, 24. Republic of Armenia, 25. Republic of Albania, 26. Ukraine, 27. Republic of Uzbekistan ,28. Republic of Kazakhstan ,29. Kyrgyz Republic,30. Georgia ,31. Republic of Kosovo ,32. Republic of Tajikistan ,33. Turkmenistan, 34. Republic of Serbia, 35. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 36. Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ,37. Republic of Moldova ,38. Montenegro, 39. Republic of Angola, 40. People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria ,41. Republic of Uganda ,42. Arab Republic of Egypt ,43. Kingdom of Eswatini ,44. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia ,45. State of Eritrea, 46. Republic of Ghana, 47. Republic of Cape Verde, 48. Gabonese Republic ,49. Republic of Cameroon ,50. Republic of The Gambia, 51. Republic of the Guinea, 52. Republic of Guinea-Bissau, 53. Republic of Kenya ,54. Republic of Cote d’Ivoire ,55. Union of Comoros ,56. Republic of Congo ,57. Democratic Republic of the Congo ,58. Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, 59. Republic of Zambia, 60. Republic of Sierra Leone, 61. Republic of Djibouti, 62. Republic of Zimbabwe, 63. The Republic of the Sudan, 64. Republic of Seychelles ,65. Republic of Equatorial Guinea ,66. Republic of Senegal, 67. United Republic of Tanzania  ,68. Republic of Chad, 69. Republic of Tunisia ,70. Republic of Togo, 71. Federal Republic of Nigeria, 72. Republic of Namibia, 73. Republic of Niger ,74. Burkina Faso ,75. Republic of Burundi ,76. Republic of Benin ,77. Republic of Botswana ,78. Republic of Madagascar ,79. Republic of Malawi ,80. Republic of Mali, 81. Republic of South Africa,82. Republic of South Sudan, 83. Republic of Mauritius, 84. Islamic Republic of Mauritania,8.5 Republic of Mozambique,86. Kingdom of Morocco,87. Republic of Liberia,88. Republic of Rwanda, 89. Kingdom of Lesotho,90. Argentine Republic ,91. Antigua and Barbuda,92. Republic of Ecuador,93. Republic of El Salvador,94. Republic of Guyana,95. Republic of Cuba,96. Republic of Guatemala,97. Grenada,98. Republic of Costa Rica,99. Republic of Colombia, 100. Jamaica, 101. Republic of Suriname, 102. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,103. Saint Lucia,104. Republic of Chile,105. Commonwealth of Dominica,106. Dominican Republic,107 .Republic of Nicaragua,108. Republic of Haiti, 109. Republic of Panama,110. Republic of Paraguay,111. Federative Republic of Brazil, 112. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 113. Belize,114. Republic of Peru,115. Republic of Bolivia,116. Republic of Honduras,117. United Mexican States,118. Republic of Kiribati,119. Cook Islands,120. Independent State of Samoa,121. Solomon Islands,122. Tuvalu,123. Kingdom of Tonga,124. Republic of Nauru ,125. Niue,126 .Republic of Vanuatu,127. Independent State of Papua New Guinea,128. Republic of Palau,129. Republic of the Fiji Islands,130. Republic of the Marshall Islands,131. Federated States of Micronesia

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view
● Target Outcomes Sheet: Click to view

References: Major science & technology policy and other documents concerning SATREPS
● Toward the Reinforcement of S&T Diplomacy (May 19, 2008) http://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/english/doc/s_and_t_diplomacy/20080519_tow_the_reinforcement_of.pdf
● Task Force Report on Science and Technology Diplomacy (February 2010, Council for Science and Technology Policy; in Japanese) http://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/sonota/kagigaiko/8kai/siryo1-1.pdf  Recommendation for the ● Future (STI as a Bridging Force to Provide Solutions for Global Issues: Four Actions of Science and Technology Diplomacy to Implement the SDGs) (May 12, 2017, Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy) https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/files/000255801.pdf
● The 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan (January 22, 2016, Cabinet decision; in Japanese) http://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/kihonkeikaku/5honbun.pdf
● Integrated Innovation Strategy (June 15, 2018, Cabinet decision) http://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/tougosenryaku/tougo_honbun.pdf  (Japanese) http://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/english/  (English; may not include the latest Japanese version)
● Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (September 2015,

UN Sustainable Development Summit) http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/
● Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Implementation Guiding Principles (September 2015, SDGs Promotion Headquarters Decision) https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/sdgs/dai2/siryou1e.pdf
● Basic Plan on Ocean Policy (May 15, 2018, Cabinet decision) http://www8.cao.go.jp/ocean/policies/plan/plan03/pdf/plan03.pdf  (Japanese)

http://www8.cao.go.jp/ocean/english/plan/pdf/plan03_gaiyou_e.pdf (English; outline) ● Basic Plan on Space Policy (April 1, 2016, Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy) http://www8.cao.go.jp/space/plan/plan3/plan3.pdf (Japanese) http://www8.cao.go.jp/space/plan/plan-eng.pdf (English; the earlier version)

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

 ● Research proposals must be submitted via e-Rad, the Cross-ministerial R&D Management System. To use e-Rad, researchers who are affiliated with a research institution need to check that their institution has been registered on e-Rad, and that the researcher’s information has also been registered on e-Rad by the institution’s administrative contact. Researchers who are not affiliated with a research institution need to register their researcher information on e-Rad in advance.
● Submission of request for ODA technical cooperation The SATREPS program is linked with ODA projects, and therefore, must also assume the role of technical cooperation project. The portion of the expenses attributable to ODA projects is covered not by contract research expenses but under the technical cooperation project framework. In submitting a research proposal to JST, please carefully read page 33 and subsequent pages of this guideline and check that the principal investigator’s institution can implement the project in accordance with the Agreement with JICA and SATREPS Project Jisshino Tebiki”. In addition, please liaise sufficiently with the researchers in the counterpart country on the details of the joint research. It is also necessary that the counterpart research institute submits an official request for ODA technical cooperation to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) via the ministry or agency in the recipient country responsible for ODA and the local Japanese embassy. The deadline for submitting the official request for ODA technical cooperation is on Friday November 2, 2018(Japan time), which is earlier than the Japanese side.
● The internal deadline used by the counterpart ministry or agency is normally set earlier than the submission deadline, so please take that into account when liaising with the counterpart research institute. If the counterpart government does not request a technical cooperation project, a research proposal submitted in Japan will be considered incomplete and not go through the selection process.

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