The Moonshot Research and Development Program launched by the Cabinet Office(CAO) promotes high-risk, high-impact R&D aiming to achieve ambitious Moonshot Goals and solve issues facing future society such as super-aging populations and global warming.

Deciding the Moonshot Goals

The Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) [Moonshot Goal 1-6] and the Headquarters for Healthcare Policy [Moonshot Goal 7] determined the Moonshot Goals.

Research Promotion Scheme

To achieve the Moonshot Goals the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) have created concepts for ambitious R&D. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Bio-Oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution (NARO-BRAIN), and Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are responsible for running the program using multi-year funding to support this ambitious R&D.

Please note that this website describes R&D being promoted by JST.
As for R&D being promoted by other funding agencies, please refer to their respective websites.

JST’s R&D Promotion System

The general management of JST’s Moonshot R&D is supervised by the Governing Committee organized by JST. Each goal is managed by its respective Program Director (PD), appointed by JST to achieve their MS Goal and realize the R&D concept.

The PDs select and advise Project Managers (PMs) for individual R&D projects, strategically construct portfolios*, decide which projects to start after refinement, and conduct project evaluations. The PDs do this with the advice of external experts assigned by JST.

*Portfolio refers to a management plan combining R&D projects and assessing the distribution of resources.

Under each PD, PMs advance their own R&D projects and use backcasting** techniques to direct their projects towards achieving the relevant MS Goal.

** Envisioning the ideal future scenario through the framework of the Moonshot Goals and working backwards to assess the steps necessary for its achievement.

Governing Committee

FUJINO Yozo*1 President, Josai University
WATANABE Katsuaki*2 Former President, Toyota Motor Corporation
ASAI Shojiro Adviser, Rigaku Corporation
EMURA Katsumi NEC Fellow, NEC Corporation
OHASHI Tetsuji Chairman of the board, Komatsu Ltd.
SAKAKI Hiroyuki Managing Director, Toyota School Foundation
FUKAMI Kiyoko Professor, The School of Life Sciences, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science

*1 Chair *2 Sub-chair

Program Director (PD)

Figure: R&D Promotion System

JST’s R&D Promotion System