New SATREPS Projects for FY 2015 under AMED International Collaborative Research Program

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED, President: SUEMATSU Makoto) announced the provisional selection*1 of two new projects in the Infectious Diseases Control research area concerning "Research on measures to address infectious diseases control attuned to the needs of developing countries" for the Fiscal Year 2015 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).

The SATREPS program is a Japanese government program established in FY 2008 that promotes international joint research. The program has been structured as a collaboration between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). With the establishment of AMED on April 1 2015 to integrate and unify points of contact and procedures for Japanese government programs for medical research and development, the SATREPS in Infectious Diseases Control research area is now handled as a collaboration between AMED and JICA. SATREPS projects in the areas of Environment/Energy, Bioresources, and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation continue to be handled jointly by JST and JICA.*2

Following a call for proposals, projects were provisionally selected by JST after reviewing proposal documents and conducting interviews, including review from an Official Development Assistance (ODA) perspective, in accordance with the selection process published by JST.*3 The results of selection for the Infectious Diseases Control research area were then transferred to AMED. The provisionally selected projects are listed in the following. Support for these projects will commence as soon as the contracts are in place and preparations are complete.