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Connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation

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).

Read more about LU's work within the MIRAI project (PDF - 555 kB, new window) - in Swedish

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

Link to decision on travel grants for the MiRAI seminar 2018 (PDF - 51 KB, new window) - in Swedish

Link to decision on travel grants for PhD course 2018 (PDF - 41 KB, new window) - in Swedish

Link to decision on travel grants for continued collaborative discussions in Japan (PDF - 41 kB, new window) - in Swedish

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