Application for Additional Project Managers

We have stopped accepting applications for Project Managers.

Since FY2020, R&D projects under Moonshot Goals 1 to 7 have been carried out by Project Managers (PMs) under the supervision of each goal’s Program Director (PD). For Moonshot Goals 1, 3, and 6, we will hold a call for proposals for additional PMs.

  • Moonshot Goal (1)
    Realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050.

    [PD:Prof. HAGITA Norihiro(Chair and Professor, Art Science Department, Osaka University of Arts)]
    [sub-PD:Dr. KITANO Hiroaki(President & CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.)]
    [sub-PD:Dr. DOI Miwako(Auditor, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)]
  • Moonshot Goal (3)
    Realization of AI robots that autonomously learn, adapt to their environment, evolve in intelligence and act alongside human beings, by 2050.

    [PD:Prof. FUKUDA Toshio(Visiting Professor, Institute of Innovation for Future Society, Nagoya University)]
    [sub-PD:Dr. UEDA Naonori(Fellow, NTT Communication Science Laboratories/Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project)]
    [sub-PD:Prof.HASHIMOTO Hideki (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University)]
  • Moonshot Goal (6)
    Realization of a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will revolutionize economy, industry, and security by 2050.

    [PD:Prof. KITAGAWA Masahiro(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University)]
    [sub-PD:Prof. NAKAMURA Yasunobu(Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)]
    [sub-PD:Prof. YAMASHITA Shigeru(Professor, College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)]

Call and Selection Schedule

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

Application Deadline * May 10, 2022 at 12:00 noon, Japan Standard Time
Document screening period mid-May - early June
Interview screening period mid-June - early July
Notification/announcement of selected Project Managers late July

* 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 will also be notified directly by e-mail. Interview date and time will be assigned by JST.
*Interviews must be attended by the applicant in person, not a substitute.

Moonshot Goals Interview Screening Schedule
Moonshot Goal (1) [PD:Prof. HAGITA Norihiro]July 2, July 3, 2022
Moonshot Goal (3) [PD:Prof. FUKUDA Toshio]June 26, June 27, 2022
Moonshot Goal (6) [PD:Prof. KITAGAWA Masahiro]June 25, June 26, 2022

For researchers that belong to overseas organizations

You can apply for this call as a proponent (PM) even if you currently belong to an organization outside Japan. However, you must choose a leader's institution* as base for your own activities in Japan within one month of being selected.
* The leaderʼs institution must be the PM's employer (a university, college, public organization, private enterprise, or the like) and be a Japanese corporation that is based in Japan.
** If the PM does not choose the present institution as the leaderʼs institution, the deadline will be three months after the adoption.

A researcher that belongs to an overseas organization can join the program as a performer. However, the organization should enter into an R&D agreement with the content presented by JST.

For details, please refer to "3.1 Proponent requirements" and "4.8 Items the R&D institutions etc. should pay attention to in particular" in the application guidelines. Please also refer to FAQ No. 4-8.

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 e-Rad Operation Manual. 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  (2.08MB)
Appendix "R&D concept (Moonshot Goal 1)"  (1.25MB)
Appendix "PD Guidelines for PM Additional Application (Moonshot Goal 1)"  (349KB)
Appendix "R&D concept (Moonshot Goal 3)"  (1.08MB)
Appendix "PD Guidelines for PM Additional Application (Moonshot Goal 3)"  (693KB)
Appendix "R&D concept (Moonshot Goal 6)"  (1.41MB)
Appendix "PD Guidelines for PM Additional Application (Moonshot Goal 6)"  (320KB)
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  (126KB)
FAQ  (66KB)
Errata  (145KB)
e-Rad Operation Manual for the Moonshot R&D Program  (2.52MB)

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 (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

For Moonshot Goal 1, we held a meeting online on March 9, 4pm-6pm inviting the PD and the 3 PMs. Click (YouTube) for the video(Japanese only).

Inquries about Call for Proposals

Inquiries about Call for Proposals should be addressed to:

[JST] Department of Moonshot Research and Development Program