The European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan is an international joint initiative to support and enhance science, technology and innovation (STI) cooperation between European countries and Japan. Its primary function is to collaboratively implement multilateral joint funding.
As far as it is relevant to that objective, the EIG CONCERT-Japan also aims to facilitate coordination between participating organisations. CONCERT-Japan began as an ERA-NET project from 2011 to 2014. Two successful Joint Calls showed a high relevance of the schemes and the need for continuation.
The collaboration is now continuing independently of EU support, as an activity from a broader European Interest Group for Japan (EIG is a flexible platform for communication and coordination among STI instiutions in Europe and Japan).
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is the coordinator of the EIG CONCERT-Japan.
The National Center for Scientific Research in France (CNRS) hosts the Joint Call Secretariat (JCS). It is responsible for the implementation and operational management of the EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Calls.