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V4–Japan Joint Research Program

The V4–Japan Joint Research Program is a mech­a­nism for for­mu­lat­ing and sup­port­ing con­crete research projects car­ried out on mul­ti­lat­eral basis between the V4 region (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) and Japan.

Proposals eli­gi­ble for the first call are those that fol­low the mod­els of Japan + 2 dif­fer­ent V4 coun­tries (1+2), Japan + 3 dif­fer­ent V4 coun­tries (1+3), and Japan + 4 dif­fer­ent V4 coun­tries (1+4); in other words, a bilat­eral model of Japan + 1 coun­try (1+1) is not eli­gi­ble. Preference will be given to projects involv­ing part­ners from all V4 coun­tries (1 + 4 model).

The con­tri­bu­tion from the International Vísegrad Fund is an on-top (com­ple­men­tary) fund­ing applic­a­ble to 1+3 (JP + 3xV4) or 1+4 (JP + 4xV4) models.

Research field 2015—Advanced Materials:

  • Materials for extreme envi­ron­ments: 
    Multiphase alloys for appli­ca­tion in extreme con­di­tions (high tem­per­a­tures, radioac­tive envi­ron­ments, aggres­sive media, etc.), as ther­mal bar­ri­ers and ultra­hard coatings;
  • Materials for elec­tron­ics and energy har­vest­ing:
    Microelectronics, pho­to­voltaics, ther­mo­electrics, laser technologies;
  • Lightweight con­struc­tion mate­ri­als:
    Light con­struc­tion mate­ri­als for machine engi­neer­ing (foam alu­minum, com­pos­ites with a metal­lic matrix, nanos­truc­tured mate­ri­als, metastable metal­lic alloys, etc.).


The fol­low­ing eli­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria are applic­a­ble when apply­ing for grant sup­port from the International Visegrad Fund. Applicants must, how­ever, also ful­fill their respec­tive national eli­gi­bil­ity rules (please see Annex 1: National and Regional Funding Regulations on p. 11 in the call guide­lines [.PDF]). The fund’s sup­port shall be awarded only to Principal/Second Project Leaders from V4 countries.

→ Who can apply?
Public or pri­vate research orga­ni­za­tions or small or medium-sized enter­prises from at least three dif­fer­ent V4 coun­tries and from Japan (JP + 3xV4); pref­er­ence will be given to projects form­ing con­sor­tia rep­re­sent­ing all four V4 countries

→ How can one apply?

  • Each con­sor­tium selects a prin­ci­ple project leader who sub­mits the appli­ca­tion form to jointv4@jst.go.jp (on behalf of the consortium)
  • Each mem­ber of the con­sor­tium may win sup­port from the fund­ing agency in their respec­tive coun­try (see below for con­tact details)
  • On-top con­tri­bu­tions can be requested from the Visegrad Fund
  • Download and fill out the appli­ca­tion form; sub­mit it to jointv4@jst.go.jp
Countries: Funding agency: Contact person/details:
JP Japan Science and Technology Agency Dr. Hideo Nakajima, Ms. Yumiko Miyashita, Ms. Kana Sadaoka
E-mail: jointv4at signjst.go.jp
Tel.: + 81 (0)3 5214–7375
CZ Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports,
Department for Research and Development
Ms. Tereza Čížková
E-mail: tereza.cizkovaat signmsmt.cz
Tel.: +421 234 811 360
HU National Office for Research, Development, and Innovation
(for­merly Hungarian Scientific Research Fund—OTKA)
Dr. Elod Nemerkenyi
E-mail: nemerkenyi.elodat signotka.hu
Tel.: +36 1 219 8757
PL National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) Ms. Kristyna Maciejko
E-mail: krystyna.maciejko@ncbr.gov.pl
Tel.: +48 222 013 408
SK Slovak Academy of Sciences,
International Cooperation Department
Ms. Katarína Bibová
E-mail: bibova@up.upsav.sk
Tel.: +421 257 510 136
V4 International Visegrad Fund Mr. Lenka Bučková, Ms. Denisa Pussová
Contact details


→ What is the dead­line?
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10:00 GMT; projects are envis­aged to start as of September 2015

→ What is the bud­get?
Max. €100,000 per project in the form of an “on-top” support

→ Which costs are eli­gi­ble?
Printing/publishing costs and related deliv­ery costs, rent­ing costs and related tech­ni­cal ser­vices, fees for experts (hon­o­raria), accom­mo­da­tion and board, trans­porta­tion costs, translation/interpreting costs, office sup­plies and other mate­ri­als con­nected with the project imple­men­ta­tion, pro­mo­tional and PR costs includ­ing pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als, web­site design and updates, over­head costs (max. 15% of the grant)

→ Which costs are not eli­gi­ble?
Capital invest­ments, own indi­rect costs (e.g. util­i­ties) or inter­nal costs (e.g. rent­ing one’s own premises), VAT refunds, salaries or other finan­cial remu­ner­a­tions of employ­ees based on the labor code (includ­ing allowances and part-time work), over­head costs exceed­ing 15%

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