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Abstract of the program and the stage-gate evaluation

(1) Abstract of the program

The program aims for early-stage implementation of innovation in aging societies through academia-industry partnership between Japanese and Swedish teams.

(1) Abstract of the program

The program also adopts a two-phases funding scheme “stage-gate”, designed for smooth transition of projects’ research development from the preparatory Phase 1 to the long-term Phase 2 via a stage-gate evaluation process.

Phase I confirms innovation and effectiveness of ideas of solutions (e.g. innovative devices, services and community design) envisioned by both Japanese and Swedish sides. In Phase II, the confirmed solutions are tested and demonstrated in order to be deployed in an aging society.

The program also adopts a two-phases funding scheme “stage-gate”

(2) Research Period and Funding Amount (JST)

  Phase 1 Phase 2
Research Period 2 years 3 years
(including overhead expenses)
Per project
Max. 6.5million Yen / year
Per project
Max. 30 million Yen / year
Number of selected projects 4 projects 2 projects

(5) Evaluation criteria for the stage-gate evaluation

The following criteria were considered in the evaluation process:

1) Evaluate the project’s progress towards the objectives/goals during phase 1

2) Appropriateness of the team in Phase 1

3) Development, during phase 1, of the understanding of the need/challenge and the path to realize the solution in social implementation

4) Relevance of the goals in Phase 2

5) Feasibility of the plan for Phase 2

6) Appropriateness of the team for Phase 2 to realize the goals. Is the proposed team suitable to realize the goals?

7) Importance of experimental approaches for a novel solution

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