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In 2019, Austria and Japan are celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations. As in the world of diplomacy, there have also been many highly successful cooperation projects in the field of science and research throughout the years.

To commemorate this anniversary, the FWF, together with its Japanese partner organisation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), is organising its 12th call for open-topic, closely integrated Austrian-Japanese joint projects and joint seminars. Submissions are being accepted from now until 4 September 2019.

Since 2012, the FWF, together with JSPS, has approved and funded 15 bilateral joint projects, among others, in the fields of the social sciences, linguistics and literary studies, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. In addition, researchers from both countries have submitted 21 applications for joint seminars, of which 6 Austrian-Japanese seminars were approved.

Besides the bilateral programme, researchers from both countries collaborate closely with each other. In the worldwide ranking of countries cooperating on FWF projects, Japan ranks 10th overall and is number one among Asian countries. No country in Asia cooperates more actively with Austrian researchers than Japan.

In addition to their Japanese-specific activities, the mobility programmes of the FWF offer researchers the opportunity to develop and enhance cooperative relationships. Both the Erwin Schrödinger fellowship abroad (outgoing) as well as the Lise Meitner programme (incoming) have no geographical restriction and are thus suitable for Austrian researchers looking to participate in stays abroad in Japan and vice versa.

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