Delegation of the European Union to Japan

EU-Japan Science and Technology Relations

10/09/2018 - 13:00

Europe has a long tradition and history of excellence in research and innovation.

The EU and Japan's collaboration in Science and Technology is based on 4 major agreements.
First, an overarching Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement was signed in 2009 and came into force on 20 March 2011.
Then, two important agreements were reached in May 2015. The "Joint Vision" towards a closer relationship in research and innovation and the New strategic partnership in Research and Innovation between the European Commission and the Government of Japan.
Finally, the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement strengthens the overall partnership by promoting political and sectoral cooperation and joint actions on issues of common interest.

The EU has also supported research and innovation since 1984 through a series of Framework Programmes. 
The latest one, Horizon 2020, covers the period 2014-2020, and is the largest ever with a budget close to EUR 80 billion, to be allocated through a competitive call process to research institutions, universities, and innovative companies, big and small. It supports scientific excellence, boosts industrial competitiveness, and tackles societal challenges. Importantly, researchers from any part of the world, including Japan, may participate.
The next Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, will cover the period 2021-2027 with a budget of up to EUR 100 billion.

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation with Japan is of strategic importance for the EU. The two sides share many of the same research priorities and societal challenges.

Japanese participation in Horizon 2020 is open through the following possibilities:

  • The regular Horizon 2020 calls for collaborative research proposals, where Japanese organisations can join projects in almost any area. Financial support for Japanese researchers is now possible under a Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) co-funding scheme that started in October 2015. For further information, please consult the JST website.
  • The "coordinated" or "joint calls" for proposals issued simultaneously by Horizon 2020 and counterpart ministries and agencies in Japan. Here, each side makes available an equivalent amount of funding to support their respective researchers in joint projects in areas of common interest.
  • The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), a mobility programme for researchers and research-related staff.
  • The European Research Council (ERC) grants, for starting or advanced researchers with breakthrough ideas.
  • The Euratom research programme for nuclear research and training 
  • Upcoming events

European Research and Innovation Days

The European Commission’s annual European Research and Innovation Days will take place online on 23 and 24 June this year, showcasing over 60 live sessions covering a wide range of R&I topics, including Horizon Europe - the European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme 2021-2027, the European Research Area, the European Innovation Ecosystems, and in-depth discussions around EU priories such as the digital advent, the post-covid recovery and others. The event programme shows the sessions and specialised workshops offered during the event, where participants will be able to discuss the most compelling research and innovation themes with panellists and fellow attendees from across Europe and beyond. The European R&I Exhibition part of the event will showcase over 100 EU-funded projects that have impacted on our daily lives.

To register, click here

  • Annual events

EU-Japan Science Policy Forum

The EU-Japan Science Policy Forum takes place in the margins of the Science & Technology in Society forum (STS forum) in Kyoto in early October every year. 


Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum)

During this annual event, science ministers and senior officials, government science advisers, leading international scientists, industry CEO and key media personalities from around the world exchange views on global science and science policy issues. In 2020, the EU was represented by Ms. Maria Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. Commissioner Gabriel's speech at the Opening Session is available PDF icon here (pdf).

STS forum


EU Researchers Day 

The EU Researcher Day aims at bringing together the European research community currently based in Japan to discuss research, careers and relation to Europe.


European Innovation Day

The European Innovation Day aims at showing cooperation opportunities with Europe to the Japan-based community of innovators and institutions.  


EU-Japan Digital/ICT Strategies Workshop

Twice a year, the EU and the Japanese government meet with the industry to deepen cooperation and understanding in the digital field.


  • Past events

Our key past events can be found PDF icon here.

Information about our past open lectures can be found PDF icon here.

Information about collaboration by each EU Member State can be found PDF icon here.

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