EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core Collaboration in Advanced Materials (2017)

EPSRC are seeking Expressions of Interest for participation in the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core programme. The JSPS Core-to-Core programme is designed to create world-class research hubs in fields considered to be cutting-edge and internationally important in Japan. Hubs are built and operated through sustainable collaborative relations established among research/education institutions in Japan and around the world. The program does not set its own priority research areas.

Funds from JSPS for research groups in Japan are available for up to five years for multilateral research projects, seminars and research exchanges and collaborations. Hub collaborations are expected to continue after funding has ended.

This year, the EPSRC is going to run a call for applications in the area of Advanced Materials independently from JSPS, as a matching fund for UK researchers to collaborate with Japanese researchers supported under the JSPS Core-to-Core programme.

Background

International research collaboration and cooperation is a route to maintain the high quality of research output, tackle large scale global research challenges and share expertise. Over the past few years targeted investments by EPSRC have helped facilitate growing collaboration between Japanese and UK-based researchers. In the area of Advanced Materials this collaboration is particularly strong.

EPSRC sees the Core-to-Core programme as an opportunity to build on previous investment in joint initiatives between Japan and the UK and build on established collaborations between key groups as well as develop new ones contributing to the excellence of the research base in the area of advanced functional materials.

Areas of collaboration are expected to be predominantly within the remit of EPSRC's Physical Sciences' theme. Therefore proposals must predominantly focus on the physical science of materials rather that their incorporation into devices or use in other applications. Collaboration could be in any class of material for example polymer materials, 2D materials and functional oxides. Applications to support collaboration in Materials for Energy Applications are particularly encouraged. These areas complement recent EPSRC investments in these areas and contribute to the EPSRC Outcomes framework.

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