Announcing Call for Proposals

The Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) determined the Moonshot Goals [details] on Jan.23, 2020.
JST is holding a call for research proposals on the below Moonshot Goals (1)(2)(3)(6), with Program Directors (PDs) responsible for the whole R&D regarding their respective Moonshot Goals. This follows the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) creating challenging R&D concepts.

■Moonshot Goal (1) pdf (973KB)
[R&D Concept]
 [PD: Prof. HAGITA Norihiro]
Realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050.
■Moonshot Goal (2) pdf (697KB)
[R&D Concept]
 [PD: Prof. SOBUE Gen]
Realization of ultra-early disease prediction and intervention by 2050.
■Moonshot Goal (3) pdf (1.3MB)
[R&D Concept]
 [PD: Prof. FUKUDA Toshio]
Realization of AI robots that autonomously learn, adapt to their environment, evolve in intelligence and act alongside human beings, by 2050.
■Moonshot Goal (6) pdf (1.1MB)
[R&D Concept]
 [PD: Prof. KITAGAWA Masahiro]
Realization of a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will revolutionize economy, industry, and security by 2050.
*Translation of the Moonshot goals are provisional.

Please note that calls for proposals regarding Moonshot Goal (4) - Realization of sustainable resource circulation to recover the global environment by 2050” and Moonshot Goal (5) - Creation of industry that enables sustainable global food supply by exploiting unused biological resources by 2050” are held by NEDO and Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution, NARO (BRAIN) respectively.
Thus, the information below refers only to Moonshot Goals (1)(2)(3)(6) handled by JST.

Call and Selection Schedule *Dates of document/interview screening, and announcement of selected Project Managers(PMs) are expected. They are subject to change.

Considering the spread of COVID-19, we will extend the application deadline and selection schedule as below.

Application Deadline* June 2, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Japan Standard Time
*Deadline for submitting applications through the e-Rad system.
Document screening period early June – early July
Interview Screening Schedule early August – mid August

Interview screening will be held on the following dates, due to the extension of the selection schedule. Precise interview dates and times will be assigned by JST and announced to the applicants individually after document screening.
Please note that the interviews may be postponed considering the risk of COVID-19. We will announce it via this web page.

Moonshot Goal (1) [PD: Prof. HAGITA Norihiro] August 15  August 16*
Moonshot Goal (2) [PD: Prof. SOBUE Gen] August 13  August 14*
Moonshot Goal (3) [PD: Prof. FUKUDA Toshio] August 16*  August 17
Moonshot Goal (6) [PD: Prof. KITAGAWA Masahiro] August  8  August 9*
*Please note that we may not conduct interviews on the dates according to the numbers of applicants who will be interviewed.
Notification/announcement of selected Project Managers mid-late September

How to Apply

Please fill in the following application forms and submit via e-Rad, the cross-ministerial R&D management system. Instructions on how to use e-Rad can be found here. Applicants must first register their applicant information and obtain an e-Rad login ID and password prior to application. Please allow two weeks or more for completing this process. If you have not finished your application steps from e-Rad before the deadline, your application, regardless of the reason, will not be accepted as a subject of our examination. A proposal using a non-standard form may also be rejected.
If the English version of the information of call for proposals including application guidelines does not conform to the Japanese version, the Japanese version shall prevail. 〈e-Rad Registration〉 Please see the following URL for how to register : (1) For applicants (PM candidates) affiliated with a Japanese institution
Person responsible for e-Rad registration: Administrator at the institution
Registration items: Information regarding the institution and applicant
 For more details on user registration, please refer to the website.
(2) For applicants (PM candidates) affiliated with a foreign institution, and applicants affiliated with no institution
Person responsible for e-Rad registration: Applicant
Registration item: Information regarding the applicant
 For more details on user registration, please refer to the “Applying for registration” here.

Application Guidelines pdf (5.3MB)
Application Forms word (118KB)
The basic approach for the Moonshot Research and Development Program pdf ( 97KB)
Guidelines for Operation and Evaluation of the Moonshot R&D Program pdf (270KB)
FAQ pdf (169KB)
Errata pdf (259KB)
e-Rad Operation Manual for the Moonshot R&D Program pdf (1.7MB)
【Update on May 15】
"FAQ" is updated.
【Update on Apr.15】
"Application Forms" and "Errata" are updated.
The precaution on completion of application forms, "Do not change the format or style settings of the forms." is deleted.
【Update on Apr.1】
We updated "Application Forms", and "Errata" is posted.
【Update on Mar.17】
"e-Rad Operation Manual" is posted.
【Update on Mar.11】
"FAQ (Frequently asked questions)" is posted.
【Update on Mar.5】
"The basic approach for the Moonshot Research and Development Program" and "Guidelines for Operation and
Evaluation of the Moonshot R&D Program" are replaced by the latest version.
【Update on Mar.3】
The application form 2 is replaced by the latest version, in which the item "Title of the R&D project" is added.
Application guideline is updated accordingly.

The applicant must complete the educational program for research integrity as a prerequisite for application. Detailed information will be posted on this website. Note that if completion of the program cannot be confirmed, the application will be disqualified for failing to meet the requirements.

〈Contractual Agreement with JST to proceed Research and Development〉

Contractual Research and Development Agreement TBA
Instruction of procedures to execute contracted Research and Development TBA
Cross-ministerial R&D cost categories TBA
*Please make sure the latest version of documents with last update date.

Explanatory Meetings Regarding Call for Proposals (Language: Japanese)

We had originally planned to hold explanatory meetings where we would present details about the Moonshot R&D Program, the call for proposals, and the R&D concepts. Program Directors (PDs) would each explain about their R&D concept in person.
After considering the risk of COVID-19, instead of holding explanatory meetings we have uploaded explanatory materials and a pre-recorded video in which JST staff explain about the call for proposals and PDs explain their R&D concepts.

〈Explanatory Materials and Movies〉

Overview of the Moonshot R&D program and the call for proposals(JST) (presentation 1.3MB) pdf  (movie) youtube
R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 1
 (PD: Prof. HAGITA Norihiro)
(presentation 833KB) pdf  (movie) youtube
R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 2
 (PD: Prof. SOBUE Gen)
(presentation 796KB) pdf  (movie) youtube
R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 3
 (PD: Prof. FUKUDA Toshio)
(presentation 1.1MB) pdf  (movie) youtube
R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 6
 (PD: Prof. KITAGAWA Masahiro)
(presentation 450KB) pdf  (movie) youtube
*Please note that presentation materials of R&D concepts are written in Japanese, and languege of all the recorded videos is Japanese.

〈Individual Consultation〉【update on Apr. 20】
We will hold individual consultation session and respond to questions until May 29. Considering the risk of COVID-19, we will have on-line consultation instead of face-to-face consultation. Depending on the questions, we may answer by email, not by on-line consultation. Please note that we cannot answer questions regarding specific details – including whether or not a particular R&D theme in a proposal is in line with the Moonshot Goal – in the interest of proposal selection fairness. Anyone who wishes to attend a consultation session is asked to notify us via the following email address by noon of May 22 (Japan Standard Time). Contact address:
(Secretariat for the call for proposals of Moonshot Research and Development)
The email subject should be :
“Consultation: Moonshot R&D (Name, Affiliation)”
The email body should contain the following :
Name, affiliation, consultation topic, preferred dates for consultation (excluding Saturdays and Sundays, and other holidays in Japan)
*Consultations will be held until May 29.

Inquries about Call for Proposals

Inquiries about Call for Proposals of Moonshot R&D regarding the Moonshot goals (1) (2) (3) (6) should be addressed to: [JST] Department of Moonshot Research and Development Program
Inquiries about Call for Proposals of Moonsho R&D regarding the Moonshot Goal (4) and (5), should be addressed to: [NEDO] Moonshot Goal (4):refer to website
Moonshot Research and Development Program Office
[NARO (BRAIN)] Moonshot Goal (5):refer to website
MS team, Strategic research development division