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Connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation

What is MIRAI 2.0?

MIRAI was a three-year collaboration between Swedish and Japanese universities during 2017-2019. The purpose of the project was to promote academic collaborations, but also contacts with financiers, authorities, industry, and more.

MIRAI 2.0 is a continuation of the collaboration during 2020-2022. Focus will continue to be on early career researchers, the academic topics ‘Ageing’, ‘Materials Science’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ as well as possible usage of existing large scale facilities. Additional focus will be on integrating an innovation and entrepreneurship perspective in all academic topics. A clear connection to the Sustainability Development Goals will also be part of MIRAI 2.0.

Project organisation

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Viktor Öwall is LU's representative in the MIRAI General Assembly.
  • Magnus Borgström, LTH, is LU’s representative in Thematic Expert Group (TEG) Materials Science.
  • Karl Åström, LTH, is LU’s representative in Thematic Expert Group (TEG) Artificial Intelligence.
  • Björn Slaug, M, is LU’s contact for the academic topic Ageing.
  • Carin Nilsson, Cooperation office, is LU’s contact for the academic topic Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Coming activities

A digital Research and Innovation Week was held in June 2021. Subsequent workshops are being planned for autumn 2021 within the project's academic topics. Further information will be published on the project website.

Who can apply to manage a grant?

Employees at Lund University.

Where to apply?

To mirai [at] gu [dot] se

Call for proposals

Two separate calls have been published on the project website:

  • Call for funding applications – Academia/Industry collaborations. Application deadline 17 September 2021
  • MIRAI 2.0 – Joint seed funding of Japan-Sweden collaborative projects. Application deadline 1 November 2021.

Who can participate in the project?

Partner universities in Sweden and Japan.

Read more on the MIRAI 2.0 website


Henrik Hofvendahl
International coordinator
+46 46 222 30 15
henrik [dot] hofvendahl [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se