Signature of an agreement between ANR/DFG/JST to strengthen French-German-Japanese research collaboration in artificial intelligence

The French National Research Agency (ANR), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) signed an agreement on a call for proposals in artificial intelligence (AI), a priority subject for all three countries, in Tokyo on Tuesday 16 April 2019. The call will be launched by the research funding agencies in June 2019.

Supporting France's national artificial intelligence plan, the trilateral call for proposals builds on the first German-French-Japanese AI symposium, which brought together over 350 experts on 21 and 22 November 2018 to encourage discussion about AI and its applications (health, environment, mobility etc.) and reinforce cooperation. 

Co-funded by ANR, DFG and JST, the call aims to support high-quality research projects in a field in which France, Germany and Japan share a common vision and to develop scientific collaboration. It concerns AI in the broad sense, as covered by JST's AIP Network Laboratory programme. To encourage transnational approaches, the research consortia must include at least one partner from each country.

The agreement was signed in the presence of the ambassadors of all three countries on 16 April 2019 at the German embassy in Tokyo. Additional information about the call will be published on the ANR website in the coming weeks.

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