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The National Science Foundation's offices in Tokyo and in Paris periodically report on developments abroad that are related to the Foundation's mission. These documents present facts for the use of NSF program managers and policy makers; they are not statements of NSF policy. Report Memorandum #97-03 February 10, 1997 1997 NEDO GRANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL JOINT RESEARCH The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese governmental implementing agency supervised by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Japan, has been carrying out an International Joint Research Program since 1988 (see NSF Tokyo Report Memoranda #94-08 of 11/29/94 and #96-03 of 1/23/96). Again this year, the program will provide grants to international joint research teams to support original and innovative basic research in the areas of materials and the global environment. Annual grants can be up to 30,000,000 yen (about $250,000 at $1=120yen), and are renewable up to a maximum duration of 3 years. Proposals are being solicited in the following sub-areas: - Materials Basic research concerning the investigation and elucidation of materials, and basic research on the practical use of materials; - Global environment Practical research on the production, generation and use of oil-alternative energy (excluding electric power generation technologies) which contributes to the conservation and improvement of the global environment. To be eligible to apply for a research grant, international joint research teams must fulfill the following main requirements: 1. Each team, in principle, must comprise four or more researchers; 2. Each team must consist of researchers of two or more different nationalities; 3. The research organizations where the team members' major activities take place must be located in two or more countries; 4. Each team must appoint a research coordinator and an accounting coordinator. The accounting coordinator must be responsible for accounting matters and function as the liaison between the team and NEDO. The accounting coordinator's organization and research site must be located in Japan, and he/she must be able to communicate with NEDO in Japanese about all accounting matters. The research coordinator can also hold the post of accounting coordinator. Researchers interested in applying for a grant should consult with Japanese colleagues. Application deadline: The deadline for NEDO receipt of applications is April 8, 1997.

Additional information on the program can be readily obtained from NEDO's Internet WWW Homepage at: Or, by sending a fax to: International Joint Research Division New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) PO Box 1151, 29F, Sunshine 60 Bldg., 3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshioma-ku, Tokyo 170, Japan Phone: +81-3-3987-9357 FAX: +81-3-3981-1536 The information request should use the following format: Request for International Joint Research Program (GRANT) Brochures Name: Affiliation: Position: Address: TEL: FAX: E-mail: Remarks: