9 December, 2019 16:37

RSF will continue cooperation with partner in Japan

The Russian Science Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF/AFFRCS) have agreed to continue cooperation in the form of a joint call for research projects implemented by the international research teams.
Photo: RSF Director General Alexander Khlunov and Director-General for Technological Affairs, Minister's Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) Masamichi Saigo

In 2020, the parties plan to invite joint proposals for research projects in 5 thematic areas:

  1. Biotechnology

  2. Animal health

  3. Plant pests and diseases

  4. Forestry management

  5. Vegetable production

Funding of the projects jointly selected based on the results of an independent review is planned for FY 2020-2022.

By the agreements of the parties, the projects supported in the framework of the first joint RSF-MAFF call for FY 2017-2019 will not be extended for a two-year period. Principal investigators of these ongoing projects may submit new applications in the upcoming competition.

“As you know, the leaders of Russia and Japan are committed to upgrade bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level of a full-scale multi-format cooperation led by various joint projects in the economic, socio-humanitarian and other spheres. In this sense, our agreements with partners in Japan are aimed at finding and supporting such highly effective, world-class projects in basic science. In the upcoming competition, we look forward to active participation of teams from organizations located in Siberia and the Far East. Recent easing of visa requirements for Russians in Japan should also contribute to further strengthening of links among researchers”, commented these plans Sergey Konovalov, RSF coordinator of international projects.


The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) comprehensively undertakes administration related to agricultural, forestry and fisheries products, covering from production to consumption and also to rural development and promotion of the welfare of rural inhabitants with a view to achieving stable supply of food, sound development of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries and upgrading of the welfare of rural inhabitants.

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