MIRAI – Connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation is a three-year project addressing scientific issues within Ageing, Materials Science and Sustainability, relevant to both countries.

The MIRAI project aims to contribute to long-term collaborations and research excellence between Sweden and Japan through

– activities in research, education and innovation
– preparing the next generation of researchers
 

The main objectives of the project are to:
 
– Develop a model for binational academic cooperation activities that can be applied to other countries.
 
– Provide researchers at an early stage of their career with knowledge, contacts and networks to become future leaders of joint Swedish and Japanese research and education activities.
 
– Identify areas of common interest between Swedish and Japanese universities for long-term research and education collaboration activities.
 
– Promote joint research activities in relevant fields using Swedish and Japanese large-scale research facilities.
 
– Initiate a dialogue between Swedish and Japanese funding agencies and companies for future joint funding opportunities.
 
– Develop a binational innovation process model for shared innovations that will facilitate the protection of inventions and the progression of projects with a commercial potential based on academic research carried out in collaboration between the two countries.
 
– Increase the understanding for each other’s culture and societal conditions as the basis for future cooperation activities.
 
– Promote Sweden and Japan as destinations for research and higher education.