Strategic Japanese-Swiss Cooperative Programme on "Medical Research"
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is funding the Japanese-Swiss Cooperation over the next period of four years (2013–2016). The collaboration will build on the previous activities based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed on March 7, 2008 between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and ETH Zurich. The Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme has gone through a first series of calls for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) in the fields of "Molecular Medical Research" and "Medicine for an Ageing Society".
In the future, direct exchange especially among young researchers and students will be enhanced by supporting the organisation of workshops and awarding exchange grants (from 2014).
Research topics supported by the programme will be
- Life Science (Medicine for an Ageing Society) potentially to be continued from the 2008-2012 programme
- Nanoscience (symposium planned for October 2013 at NIMS, Tsukuba)
- Efficient Energy Storage and Distribution, Resilience against Disasters within the Swiss participation in the FP7 ERA-Net Project CONCERT-Japan
- New topics including social sciences and humanities to be defined through a mapping project
The Swiss National Science Foundation is coordinating and managing bilateral project funding in the form of joint research projects.
The Leading House ETH Zurich and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) have together established a new instrument for funding the exchange of young scientists between Japan and Switzerland. Doctoral students (Master students and postdocs in exceptional cases) at Swiss institutions from all scientific fields - including social sciences and humanities - can apply for stays of 3-6 months in Japan. The programme will cover airfare, a living allowance in Japan as well as international travel allowance.
For details please see the call documents (PDF, 206 KB) and the respective application forms (DOC, 282 KB) .
Deadline for applications is 16 March 2014.