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Promoting Creation of Innovation
Research and Development Programs Focused on Technology Transfer
Promotion of Practical Application
  • Working Toward Practical Application of University Research Output
    This program supports industry-academia collaborative R&D across a wide range of phases to develop commercial applications of research output generated by basic research. Several types of funding are provided under this program, depending on the characteristics of each R&D phase.

  • Finding Solutions to Common Technical Issues Shared in Industrial Sectors
    Academia works on basic research to help solve technical issues shared in the industrial sector. This program facilitates industry’s use of basic research results, as well as giving feedback on industrial viewpoints and perspectives to basic academic research.

  • Creating Innovation with Industry and Academia Hand in Hand on the R&D Themes with High Impact on Society
    R&D themes in S-Innovation are mainly established based on research output from basic research programs in JST. S-Innovation aims to bring about innovation in Japan by creating foundations for prospective new industries through long-term R&D.

  • Taking the financial risk on company’s high risk development
    Companies have their own business plans based on university’s research results, yet many are not executed due to the developmental risk. NexTEP aims to accelerate commercialization by supporting company’s large-scale practical development and obtain the sustainable business growth.

  • Development of Measurement and Analysis Systems to Meet the World’s Most Advanced Research Needs
    Creative and original R&D is a key to generating innovation. To support these activities, JST promotes the development of systems and technologies for advanced measurement and analysis. Our program offers different type of support to match the needs of different developmental phases.

  • Solving local company’s technological problems by introducing universities’ research outcomes
    “Matching planners” who have lots of experience in technology transfer are assigned to several regions in Japan. They figure out local company’s technological challenges and match them to high-potential research outcomes from universities all over Japan by utilizing JST’s networks. Through these activities, this program aims to solve local company’s technological problems and eventually lead to creation of the regional innovation.

  • Formulation of Innovation Hub

    Along visions of a desirable future to be realized a decade from now, this program aims at forming large-scale university-industry research collaboration platforms.
    These platforms are expected to contribute to sustainable value creation by carrying out intensive R&D, which can have an impact on the global market.

    In order to promote new major industries in this program, industry and academia collaborate on planning a "technology and system innovation scenario", and the program promotes R&D based on this scenario executed by their tight collaboration. we aim to enhance industry-academia partnership concerning basic research and human resources development, and to develop open innovation in our country.

  • Vitalizing activities in “Research Complex” to produce world-class innovation
    This program supports the vitalization of collaboration among researchers and engineers in the regions where academia and industries are densely collected, expecting to produce world-class innovations sustainably.

  • Creating high-impact innovation by the regional collaboration
    This program of "super cluster", which consists of one main area of "core cluster" and some complementary areas of "satellite cluster", promotes a wide-range collaboration of the industry-academic research with a goal of enhancing the global competitiveness and achieving sustained activation of the region as a whole.

  • Enhancing the potential of national R&D agencies to promote innovation
    JST supports national research and development agencies to establish open innovation hub where resources for innovation among both public and private sectors, including human resources and technological seeds, accumulate.

  • University Start-ups' Foundation & Investment

    Aiming for commercialization of seed technologies from academia, START is developing business/intellectual property (IP) strategies by combining public funding and private sector’s know-how before foundation of start-up companies. As Project Promoter units, commercialization experts provide hands-on support to the researchers with promising seed technologies.

  • Fostering new business
    A new program “SUCCESS” is to invest in start-up companies which attempt to translate the outputs from JST-funded R&Ds into practical application. Not only seed money but also supports from human and technical points of view can be offered to these companies. The program has been designed based on the awareness that the number of new university-initiated start-up companies has been declining recently, though entrepreneurship is essential for economic revitalization.