ATSE is delighted to announce the successful applicants for the 2016 Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program.
The Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program (ERLEP) is targeted at mid-career researchers of both countries who are emerging leaders in the Science and Technology community, with their research established but international linkages in need of further development.
The successful researchers undertake two weeks of institutional placements in agreed-upon priority S&T areas. This significant program is funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry and Science (DIIS) and the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), with ATSE and the Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ) administering the program.
The first Exchange Programs took place in 2010 focusing on the priority areas of New Materials and Resources; Energy & Environment; and Biotechnology. Since that time, 56 Australian and Japanese researchers have undertaken two weeks of institutional visits in Japan and Australia respectively, progressing S&T linkages between the two countries and developing new opportunities for collaboration.
Since 2014, the priority areas for exchange have been focused on healthy ageing and wellbeing; new materials, biotechnology, nanotechnology; emerging power systems; and ICT. The most recent exchange took place in November 2015 with eight Japanese researchers and one Japanese industry participant visiting Australia for two weeks. Calls for the 2016 exchange program are now open. Up to eight Australian researchers will be selected from the nominated fields via a peer nomination process with merit-based assessment.
The successful researchers will be involved in a pre-departure briefing to discuss Australia and Japan S&T priorities and funding avenues; an orientation session on arrival in Japan to meet with key stakeholders; and undertake two weeks of visits to develop individual and institutional linkages, concluding with a debrief session in Japan.
Applications for the 2016 exchange program are closed.
The program in each country has three key components:
ATSE believes that the contacts made during the Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program will ensure continuing S&T cooperation between Australia and Japan, enabling joint research and development to maximise potential advances in science and technology.
Interested applicants should contact their institution’s research office to discuss their applications.
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