Cluster missions organised by the EU-Japan Centre aim to support cluster organisations and their SME members in their efforts to access global value chains and develop strategic worldwide partnerships and business cooperation.
The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the mission such as lectures and seminars, group study trips, including travel outside Tokyo, trade fair registration, booth rental and printing service, interpretation during B2B meetings and simultaneous interpretation during individual presentation at the fair etc.
Participants' companies must cover travel costs to/from Japan, accommodation and any other costs not covered directly by the EU-Japan Centre (eg living expenses).
A grant of €600 is available for SMEs and clusters (registered in the European Cluster Cooperation Platform) and participation is free. However, a refundable deposit of €1,000 is required to guarantee the place on the mission. The deposit is refunded within eight weeks after the mission, minus any unpaid bills.
Participants must attend the entire mission. Absences during the mission may lead to deducations amounting to between €150 and €200 per day.
Other companies must pay a contribution of €1,000 towards the costs incurred by the EU-Japan Centre in relation to the company's participation.
Established in 1987, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a venture between the European Commission and the Japanese Government. It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan.
The EU-Japan Centre organises Cluster Missions within the framework of the European Commission (DG-ENTR) policy aimed at promoting SME internationalisation through Clusters.
The missions aim to:
- Support cluster organisations and their SME members in their efforts to access global value chains and develop strategic worldwide partnerships and business cooperation.
- Give European SMEs the opportunity to enter the Japanese market and establish technology or business partnerships and therefore increase their innovation capacity and make them more competitive on the global scale.
Missions will also contribute to improve the cooperation strategies between EU and Japanese clusters.
Participation will be based on couples “Cluster & SME”. Participants from European Clusters will have to select an SME among its members.
Candidates from SMEs must:
- Be a citizen of an EU Member State.
- Work for an SME.
- Be supported by their employer and be able to participate in the entire programme.
- Have a reasonable command of English.
- Have proven experience in industry.
The main criteria for selection are:
- The professional and educational background of the candidate.
- The strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan.
Bio Japan Cluster Mission
Clusters working in the following targeted sectors are eligible as well as their SMEs members:
- Drug and Drug Discovery (Small-Molecule Drug, Biologics, Vaccine etc.)
- Drug Discovery Support and Contract Services (Drug Synthesis Services, Analysis Contract Services and Chemical Compound Libraries and Screening etc.)
- Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices
- Functional Food and Agriculture
- Medical Treatment, Diagnosis and Medical Devices and Equipments
- Research Devices, Bioinformatics and Bio imaging etc.
Missions will facilitate the internationalisation of European SMEs and allow them to access overseas markets and establish technology or business partnerships. This will increase their innovation capacity and make them more competitive on the global scale.
Cluster Missions will also contribute to prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation across borders and make a more strategic use of transnational cluster cooperation on markets outside Europe in areas of strategic interest.
Missions last for five days and are composed of market-specific business seminars, group company visits, one-on-one meetings at a targeted trade fair with showcase and networking events to maximize opportunities for the EU participants.
Missions also provide EU clusters the opportunity to benchmark with the Japanese clusters during a dedicated cluster session.