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.
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 another funding agency respectively.
Thus, the information below refers only to Moonshot Goals (1)(2)(3)(6) handled by JST.
Dates of document/interview screening, and announcement of selected Project Managers(PMs) are expected. They are subject to change.
Application Deadline*: 12/5/2020 at 12:00 noon, Japan Standard Time
|Document screening period||mid May
– mid June
|Interview screening period||late June
– early July
|Notification/announcement of selected Project Managers||early July
– mid July
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 : https://www.e-rad.go.jp/en/researcher/index.html (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.
|The basic approach for the Moonshot Research and Development Program||( 97KB)|
|Guidelines for Operation and Evaluation of the Moonshot R&D Program||(270KB)|
|e-Rad Operation Manual for the Moonshot R&D Program||(1.7MB)|
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|
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.
*The explanatory meeting on Apr.1 in Tokyo is cancelled.
〈Explanatory Materials and Movies〉
|Overview of the Moonshot R&D program and the call for proposals（JST）||(presentation 1.3MB) (movie)|
|R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 1
（PD: Prof. HAGITA Norihiro）
|(presentation 833KB) (movie)|
|R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 2
（PD: Prof. SOBUE Gen）
|(presentation 796KB) (movie)|
|R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 3
（PD: Prof. FUKUDA Toshio）
|(presentation 1.1MB) (movie)|
|R&D Concept of Moonshot Goal 6
（PD: Prof. KITAGAWA Masahiro）
|(presentation 450KB) (movie)|
〈Individual Consultation〉【update on Mar. 23】
We will hold individual consultation sessions at JST Headquarters located in Ichigaya, Tokyo, where we will respond to questions. 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 Apr. 20 (Japan Standard Time). Contact address:
(Secretariat for the call for proposals of Moonshot Research and Development) Notes:
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
*Consultations will be held until Apr. 27.
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), should be addressed to:
[NEDO] Moonshot Research and Development Program Office