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May 17, 2018

Nine SATREPS Projects Selected

SATREPS (the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) is a science and technology diplomacy initiative that promotes international joint research between Japan and developing countries using advanced Japanese science and technology. The SATREPS program is a collaboration between JICA, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

SATREPS aims to acquire new knowledge useful in addressing global issues in such areas as the environment and energy, bioresources, disaster preparedness and mitigation, and infectious disease control. Such knowledge can be utilized for the benefit of society, including for the capacity-building of researchers and research institutes in developing countries based on local needs.

Collaboration between JICA and JST is focused on three research areas—environment and energy, bioresources, and disaster preparedness and mitigation—and collaboration between JICA and AMED is focused on the research area of infectious disease control.

The following projects have been provisionally selected*1 for FY 2018. Projects are listed below in alphabetical order, first by area of research and then by title. Each counterparty country is indicated in brackets, and each principal investigator in Japan is indicated in parentheses along with university affiliation.

*1 Provisional selection:
Before starting a project, an international agreement needs to be signed between MOFA and the government of the developing country regarding implementation of the project, followed by an agreement on the details of technical cooperation between JICA and the research counterpart(s) in the developing country. However, the situation in the developing country or the result of discussion of details with the research counterpart(s) may result in the research plan for the provisionally selected project being modified or the project itself being terminated. For this reason, the selection of these projects at this stage is “provisional selection”.

Environment and Energy
“Research contributing to solutions for global-scale environmental issues”

“The Project for Research Project on Advanced and Sustainable Water Utilization Associated with Greening Potential Evaluation”
[Republic of Djibouti]
(Professor Shimada Sawahiko; Department of Bioproduction and Environment Engineering, Faculty of Regional Environment Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture)

“The Project for Sustainable Replantation of Oil Palm by Adding Value to Oil Palm Trunk through Scientific and Technological Innovation”
(Project Leader Kosugi Akihiko; Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences)

Environment and Energy
“Research contributing to advanced energy systems for a low carbon society”

“The Project for Development and dissemination of innovative technology for extracting rice-bran oil to power diesel generators for rural electrification via micro-grids”
[United Republic of Tanzania]
(Visiting Professor Sako Takeshi; Shizuoka University)

“The Project for Development of Advanced Hybrid Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Technology for Low Carbon Society and Sustainable Energy System: First Experimental OTEC Plant of Malaysia”
(Professor Ikegami Yasuyuki; Institute of Ocean Energy, Saga University)

“Research contributing to the sustainable production and utilization of bioresources”
“The Project for Development of Climate Change Resilient Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Wheat Production in the Dry and Heat Prone Agro-ecologies of Sudan and Sub-Saharan Africa”
[Republic of the Sudan]
(Professor Tsujimoto Hisashi; Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University)

“The Project for Utilization of Thailand Local Genetic Resources to Develop Novel Farmed Fish for Global Market”
[Kingdom of Thailand]
(Professor Hirono Ikuo; Department of Marine Biosciences, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology)

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
“Research on disaster prevention and mitigation towards social sustainability”

“The Project for Development of Plant-derived Soil Stabilizing Additives to Problematic Soil as a Means to Mitigate Road Disasters”
[Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia]
(Professor Kimura Makoto; Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University)

Infectious Disease Control
“Research on measures to address infectious diseases attuned to the needs of developing countries”

“The Project for the establishment of a ‘bench-to-bedside feedback system for sustainable ART and the prevention of new HIV transmissions in Viet Nam”
[Socialist Republic of Viet Nam]
(Oka Shinichi; Director of AIDS Clinical Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine)

“The Project for the epidemiology of zoonotic virus infections in Africa”
[Republic of Zambia / Democratic Republic of the Congo]
(Professor Takada Ayato; Division of Global Epidemiology Research Center for Zoonosis Control, Hokkaido University)


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