Application for Project Managers

We have stopped accepting applications for Project Managers.

The Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) determined the new Moonshot Goals[Details] on September.28, 2021.
JST is holding a call for research proposals on the below Moonshot Goals (8)(9), with Program Directors (PDs) responsible for the whole R&D regarding their respective Moonshot Goals and the sub program directors (sub-PDs) who support the PD . This follows the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) creating R&D concepts.

  • Moonshot Goal (8)
    Realization of a society safe from the threat of extreme winds and rains by controlling and modifying the weather by 2050.

    [PD:Dr. MIYOSHI Takemasa(Team Leader , Center for Computational Science, Data Assimilation Research Team, RIKEN)]
    [sub-PD:Prof. SAKAJO Takashi(Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
    [sub-PD:Dr. NAKAZAWA Tetsuo(Academic Supporting Staff, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)]
  • Moonshot Goal (9)
    Realization of a mentally healthy and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality by 2050.

    [PD:Dr. KUMAGAI Seiji(Associate Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)]
    [sub-PD:Prof. INOKUCHI Kaoru(Distinguished Professor, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama)]
    [sub-PD:Prof. NISHIDA Shin'ya(Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University)]
    [sub-PD:Prof. MORITA Akira(Representative Director, Next Generation Fundamental Policy Research Institute (NFI))]

R&D approaches to achieve the Moonshot Goals

Considering the importance of incorporating different and challenging ideas to achieve Moonshot Goal 8 and 9, we are using two approaches to collaborate and integrate R&D projects. When applying, please select one of the following approaches:

[ Core Research ]
R&D project aiming to achieve the Moonshot Goal with your scenario, a grand design that leads to the goal’s achievement by backcasting from your vision of an ideal 2050 society.

[ Feasibility Study ]
R&D project that contributes to the Moonshot Goal, without a scenario that leads to its achievement.

Call and Selection Schedule

*Dates of document/interview screening and announcement of selected Project Managers (PMs) are tentative and subject to change.
*Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be held online.
*Details about the interview will be announced to the interviewees.

Application Deadline * January 11, 2022 at 12:00 noon, Japan Standard Time
Document screening period mid-January–early February
Interview screening period mid-late February
Notification/announcement of selected Project Managers late-March

* Deadline for submitting applications through the e-Rad system.

Interview Screening Schedule
*The e-Rad project numbers of the candidates who have requested to attend are posted. Interviewees are also notified directly by email. Interview date and time are assigned by JST.
*Interviews must be attended by the applicant in person, not a substitute.

Moonshot Goals Interview Screening Schedule JST will contact to the interviewees no later than
Moonshot Goal(8)[PD:Dr. MIYOSHI Takemasa]February 24, February 25, 2022February 14, 2022
Moonshot Goal(9)[PD:Dr. KUMAGAI Seiji]February 23, February 24, 2022February 14, 2022

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  (1.73MB)
Appendix1 “R&D concept (Moonshot Goal 8)”  (1.27MB)
Appendix2 ”PD’s supplement (Moonshot Goal 8)”  (204KB)
Appendix1 “R&D concept (Moonshot Goal 9)”  (1.26MB)
Appendix2 ”PD’s supplement (Moonshot Goal 9)”  (188KB)
The basic approach for the Moonshot Research and Development Program  (97.1KB)
Guidelines for Operation and Evaluation of the Moonshot R&D Program  (281KB)
Application Forms (Core Research)  (117KB)
Application Forms (Feasibility Study)  (110KB)
FAQ  (66KB)
e-Rad Operation Manual for the Moonshot R&D Program  (2.78MB)

The applicant must complete the educational program for research integrity as a prerequisite for application. 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 (220KB)
Instruction of procedures to execute contracted Research and Development (for universities)
Instruction of procedures to execute contracted Research and Development (for corporations)

*Please make sure the latest version of documents with last update date.

Explanation Regarding Call for Proposals

We upload explanatory materials and a pre-recorded video in which JST staff explain about the call for proposals and PDs explain their R&D concepts. The language of the movie is in Japanese.

【30/11/2021 update】 For Moonshot Goal 8, we are holding an online Q&A meeting on December 9, 18:00-19:00 (Japan Standard Time) inviting the PD. We will reply with the Zoom URL for the meeting.

〈Explanatory Materials and Movies〉
Overview of the Moonshot R&D program and the call for proposals(JST)  (6.02MB)
R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 8
 (PD:Dr. MIYOSHI Takemasa)
R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 9
 (PD:Dr. KUMAGAI Seiji)

Inquries about Call for Proposals

Inquiries about Call for Proposals of Moonshot R&D regarding the new Moonshot goals (8) (9) should be addressed to:

Department of Moonshot Research and Development Program, Japan Science and Technology Agency