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AJ-CORE is a partnership between the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) which aims to support joint research and innovation projects in designated fields of science between researchers from Japan, South Africa and the 17 African countries whose ministries and granting councils are a participating member in the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI). The AJ-CORE call for proposals operates on a co-funding model financed by the NRF, JST, and some of the SGCI African countries. This call for proposals invites consortia composed of at least three research organisations (and/or private and public practitioners) from three different countries (i.e. South Africa, Japan and an SGCI African country) to submit project proposals for research and innovation on designated fields of science in the countries concerned. The proposal development and execution should be driven by local demand and include an approach that contributes to enhancing impact.


Two identical copies of the joint proposal form must be submitted to the JST and the NRF. 

The Japanese PI must submit a joint proposal to JST through the National Online Submission System at (https://www.e-rad.go.jp/).  

 The South African PI must submit an identical application to the NRF through the NRF Online Submission System at (https://nrfconnect.nrf.ac.za/).  


Applications should be submitted by Friday, 14 July 2023 at 23:59 (SAST)/ 16:00 (JST).