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Connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation

Current calls for applications

Researchers and staff at LU are invited to participate in the research seminar “Sustainable Social System and Technology for Ageing Society” from 9 to 12 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The aim is to give researchers from Sweden and Japan the opportunity to discuss research issues within different themes as a basis for future cooperation.

Link to the preliminary programme for the MIRAI seminar in Tokyo, Japan, 9–12 October 2018 (PDF - 250 kB, new window)


  • New Technologies for the Ageing Society
  • Health Promotion for the Ageing Society (biometrical aspects)

Materials Science

  • Advanced characterisation of materials and surfaces
  • Bioinspired materials


  • Environment & water resource
  • Sustainable energy
  • Emerging technology for sustainability (including membrane)

Early career researchers (associate/assistant professors) can apply for a travel grant of up to SEK 20 000. If you, as a researcher, are interested in attending the seminar, but not in applying for a travel grant, please send an expression of interest to petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.

How to apply

Please complete the application form with a brief description of your proposed research project and a statement of purpose as to why your research project/field is relevant to one of MIRAI’s thematic areas.

Link to the travel grant application (Word - 190 kB, new window)

Submit your application to petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se no later than 20 August 2018 at 10:00. Type “MIRAI – travel grant” in the subject line.

Following a review by an assessment group, the decision will be taken by the University Management.


MIRAI is a collaboration project between universities, organisations and public authorities in Sweden and Japan. The project is coordinated by LU together with Nagoya University, and includes seven Swedish and eight Japanese partner universities. The project is funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) and receives financial support from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). In addition, the project is co-financed by Swedish and Japanese higher education institutions.

Researchers, research funders, organisations, companies, and public authorities in both Sweden and Japan are offered a platform for cooperation to strengthen existing relationships or create new collaborations, focusing especially on early career researchers (researchers with a PhD who are about to establish their own working groups).

Project focus areas

Ageing – Active and Healthy Ageing in Japan and Sweden – Individual, Group, and Population Perspectives

  • Demography and Determinants of Health
  • New Technologies for Aged Society
  • Health Promotion for Aged Society (including: Biological and medical sciences of ageing; Social innovations and future policies for aged society)

Materials Science

  • Materials for energy devices
  • Low dimensional materials and surfaces
  • Advanced characterisation of materials
  • Bioinspired materials

Sustainability (new energy techniques, water resources)

  • Carbon-neutral technology, including non-fossil-based energy generation such as hydrogen production, artificial photosynthesis, photo-voltaic system and carbon capture
  • Sustainable Automotive Control Technology
  • Global environment and energy technologies: Energy Devices, including fuel cells, solar cells and secondary batteries, and Hydrogen Technologies 

Special activities within the project


  • Research seminars (autumn 2017, 2018 and 2019)
  • Workshop weeks (spring 2018 and 2019)


  • Short courses for PhD students (2018 and 2019)


  • Workshops on innovation processes in connection with the research seminars
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