This initiative provides funding for joint research projects carried out between excellent researchers in Japanese universities and institutes and their German counterparts. The joint proposals have to be based on a close interaction between the German and Japanese research teams and should present joint project goals and a joint work plan with balanced contributions from all project partners.
The collaborative projects selected to take part in the initiative will receive research funding for a period of three years. JSPS will fund the Japanese project components, whilst DFG will fund the components to be carried out in Germany. Based on written reviews, a joint panel will select up to eight projects for funding.
The present initiative is open to joint research projects in the fields of materials science and engineering (DFG Review Boards 405 and 406) with the focus on materials science and engineering for energy storage, conversion, and transport.
Applicants from Japan must submit a single joint application to JSPS on behalf of the combined Japanese and German research team, following all formal requirements and using the application form provided by JSPS. This joint application form includes a section to specify the budget requested from DFG. Applicants from Germany submit the same document to DFG. All documents must be written in English. All proposals must be submitted by 8 June 2022.