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JST announces 10 new SATREPS projects for FY2020: Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development program com-bines international joint research with Official Development Assistance (ODA)

 On June 25, 2020, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) announced the new projects provi-sionally selected for the Fiscal Year 2020 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program.

 SATREPS is a science and technology diplomacy initiative that promotes international joint research using advanced science and technology from Japan in combination with Official Development Assistance (ODA). The program is a collaboration between JST, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) supported by the Ministry of Ed-ucation, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

 For FY2020, JST called for SATREPS project proposals from researchers in Japan in its 3 research fields-Environment/Energy, Bioresources, and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation-and began to ac-cept proposals on September 10th, 2019. A total of 95 proposals were received by the close of applica-tions on November 11th, 2019. The screening committee, composed of external experts, then reviewed the proposal documents and conducted interviews, including review from an ODA perspective, and pro-visionally selected 10 new projects, comprising 5 projects collaborating with Asian researchers, 2 pro-jects with African researchers, 2 projects with South American researchers, and 1 project with European researchers.