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26 May 2020

EU and Japan step up cooperation in STI

In the context of the Japan-EU Leaders Videoconference Meeting, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Naokazu Takemoto, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, agreed to step up EU-Japan cooperation. They signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation in science, technology and innovation, and to enhance the synergies between the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, and Moonshot, Japan’s research and development programme. European and Japanese researchers and innovators will be able to cooperate more easily on global challenges such as health, climate change, digital transition and ageing societies, and to coordinate their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan is one of the EU’s closest and like-minded partners in research and innovation cooperation. This letter is based on the on the 2011 Japan-EU Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement and is a key element of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), provisionally applied since 1 February 2019. Under Horizon 2020, the EU’s current research and innovation programme, Japanese entities have participated 163 times in 130 signed grants in strategic areas of cooperation such as climate change, smart cities, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, and open science.

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