SUNJET (SUstainable Network for Japan-Europe aerospace research and Technology cooperation)

SUNJET, a European Project within the Framework Programme 7 (Research / Aeronautics and Air Transport) aimed at establishing an initial framework, data base and network, in order to facilitate and enhance the cooperation in R&T activities between Japan and Europe. Through the participation of all the relevant Stakeholders, it introduced a more structured dialogue to identify the similarities in the respective research agendas / road maps.

As from the starting date of the project (1st of June 2011) the work had been concentrated on the following areas:

  • Building up ad-hoc EU-Japan R&T cooperation areas of mutual benefit
  • Proposing win-win R&T roadmaps / cooperations
  • Having a mutual understanding of administrative mechanisms: clarify the principles governing such EU-Japan R&T cooperation, respective funding mechanisms, IPRs, etc. and the main barriers to that cooperation and suggesting ways to overcome all the problems

SUNJET project indicated the areas where the cooperation topics were mutually favored assuring a good reciprocity between the parties. It did not interfere with the various EU – Japan R&T cooperative activities already undertaken, but nonetheless provided rules and references that could be beneficial to all. Finally, the project provided common R&T road maps for cooperation to be introduced in future calls for proposals within Framework programmes of the European Commission and mechanisms in Japan.


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