Welcome to MIRAI 2.0

MIRAI 2.0 is a collaboration between 20 Swedish and Japanese universities, aiming to contribute to long-term research collaboration and to promote Sweden and Japan as nations of world-leading large-scale research infrastructure.

MIRAI 2.0 (2020-2023) focuses on early career researchers and addresses scientific issues within Ageing, Materials Science, Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation and Entrepreneurship relevant to both countries.

The main activities of MIRAI 2.0 are the research & innovation weeks taking place in both Sweden and Japan, scientific workshops and seminars organized within the thematic focus areas, short courses for PhD’s and seed-funding to support promising collaborative initiatives. View our pages about project activities, workshops and funding for more information and follow us on LinkedIn for the latest updates.

What can MIRAI 2.0 do for you?

Join MIRAI 2.0 to:

  • Expand your network and find new collaboration partners in Sweden and Japan
  • Participate in joint activities/workshops
  • Access funding such as travel grants, seedfunding for research collaborations and for academia-industry
  • collaboration
  • Present your research
  • Connect with industry and funding agencies

Partner universities

Our mission

The MIRAI 2.0 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 contribute to long-term research collaborations promoting excellent science between Sweden and Japan through activities such as externally funded joint research proposals and jointly authored papers.
  • To promote mobility of researchers at an early stage of their career for them to gain knowledge, contacts, and networks to become future leaders of joint Swedish and Japanese research and education activities.
  • A deepened understanding of innovation systems and entrepreneurship in Japan and Sweden and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in education and research.
  • Strengthened collaboration between Swedish and Japanese universities.
  • To continue a dialogue between Swedish and Japanese funding agencies and companies for future joint funding opportunities.
  • To increase the understanding of each other’s culture and societal conditions as the basis for future cooperation activities.
  • To promote Sweden and Japan as a destination for research and higher education activities and as nations of world-leading large-scale research infrastructure.
  • To observe and utilize best practice in innovative and translational research involving academia, public authorities, and industry.


From 2017-2019 seven Swedish and eight Japanese Universities joined together in the MIRAI project and research seminars, workshops, short courses for Ph.D., and Post-Docs and researcher mobility were implemented to strengthen collaboration between Sweden and Japan. Several new contacts have been established, existing contact deepened, and joint research proposals were submitted.

At the MIRAI meetings in Tokyo in October 2018, all present universities expressed a strong interest in continuing their collaboration beyond the period of the present MIRAI project. Furthermore, the partners agreed to expand the number of participating universities by inviting other Swedish and Japanese higher education institutions to join. The importance of the collaborations between Swedish and Japanese institutions was also highlighted in the Joint Statement on ‘Strengthening of Japan-Sweden Science and Technology Cooperation’ signed during the MIRAI seminar in Tokyo, Japan, in October 2018.