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NSERC Announces Canada-Japan Collaboration to Support Joint Research Projects in Energy

KYOTO, Japan, October 1st, 2011– The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to enhance collaboration between Canadian and Japanese research and innovation communities and achieve world-class scientific and technical results, leading to new innovative technologies.

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), along with Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC, and Michiharu Nakamura, President of JST, announced the agreement on October 1st, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Canada-Japan Science and Technology Agreement.

“Our government recognizes that supporting science and research is vital for future economic growth, both in Canada and around the world,” said Minister Fast.  “This new partnership will give researchers from both countries the opportunity to work together and find new ideas to help meet our energy needs.”

The NSERC – Japan Science and Technology Agency Memorandum of Understanding will offer teams of Japanese and Canadian researchers an opportunity to apply to their respective agencies for grants that support research projects in priority areas.

“In today’s world, international teamwork is more important than ever,” said Dr. Fortier. “The Canadian and Japanese research communities have a long history of collaboration and both nations have benefitted greatly from this relationship. This new step will help to strengthen the ties between our countries to achieve high-quality research results and transformative innovations.”

In early 2012, both organizations will issue a concurrent call for proposals through existing programs to support joint projects under the research topics of Renewable Energy and Energy Use. These research topics are outlined in the Strategic Project Grants Target Area Descriptions under the Natural Resources and Energy target area. Canadian scientists will apply through NSERC’s Strategic Project Grants, while their Japanese counterparts will apply to JST’s Strategic International Research Cooperative Program. Canadian research proposals must include the participation of an industrial partner or government organization. Detailed application instructions for this concurrent call will be available with the launch of NSERC’s 2012 Strategic Project Grants competition in January 2012.

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

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