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Letter of Intent on the Funding of German-French-Japanese Research Projects in AI

Letter of intent signed in Tokyo on the occasion of the Japanese trip of the Federal Minister of Education and Research

(18.04.19) 2018 marked the initiation of talks between representatives of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) regarding a trilateral call for research projects in artificial intelligence. The three research funding organisations share an interest in funding multi-national research cooperation in artificial intelligence and regard AI as an issue of global importance. By combining the various strengths and approaches of the scientific communities in the three countries, new impetus can be provided for research on the basis of a shared understanding of values.

Laurent Pic (French Ambassador to Japan), Michinari Hamaguchi (President of the JST) and Peter Strohschneider (President of the DFG) at the signing of the letter of intent in the German Embassy in Tokyo on 16 April 2018.

Laurent Pic (French Ambassador to Japan), Michinari Hamaguchi (President of the JST) and Peter Strohschneider (President of the DFG) at the signing of the letter of intent in the German Embassy in Tokyo on 16 April 2018.

© Dr. Jörg Schneider

On 16 April, the DFG (represented by DFG President Peter Strohschneider), the ANR (represented by Laurent Pic, French Ambassador to Japan) and JST (represented by JST President Michinari Hamaguchi) signed the Letter of Intent Concerning Trilateral Research Funding for a Joint Call on Artificial Intelligence between ANR, DFG and JST.

The letter of intent expresses the shared objective of trilateral research funding and establishes the basic conditions for the joint funding initiative. A joint call for proposals will be published in the summer of 2019.

The letter of intent was signed on the occasion of the official visit of the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, in the presence of the minister and her Japanese colleagues, Minister Masahiko Shibayama (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology MEXT), in the German Embassy in Tokyo. Ms. Karlizcek and Mr. Shibayama previously signed a separate agreement regarding more intensive cooperation between the two ministries.