Implementation-Support Program (Call for proposal Type) (2007- )

Implementation-Support Program as a Mechanism to deliver R&D Outcome to Society

Program Officer : Azusa TOMIURA
Former Auditor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

The key to success is consecutive work of research, development, demonstration, and diffusion
While science and technology have made a remarkable progress in recent years and yielded the multitudinous outcome, most of those outcomes, however, have remained dormant in a repository of knowledge without being applied to our society. The reason is that the intellectual activities usually discontinue at the stage of the research and do not proceed to a consecutive work through development, demonstration and further to diffusion. Under such circumstances, it is almost impossible to utilize intellectual assets in a repository.

Unsuccessfulness results in the discontinuity between R&D and demonstration
R&D for society is largely conducted by universities or by research and development institutions. So long as the validity of their outcome is not demonstrated in a visible form, the public, who are potential beneficiaries, will hesitate to invest their money in enjoying benefit of R&D. As a result, research and development work is interrupted by the shortage of budget before going to the demonstration, and RDDD cycle remains incomplete.

A transit across the valley of death by the help of implementation support program
Researchers want outcome of their own research to be actually utilized, and the public at large also wants to make use of research and development results. In order to fulfill the wants of both parties, it is essential to traverse the valley of death between R&D and demonstration, to visualize the R&D outcome, and to develop a mechanism whereby the potential beneficiaries can easily make the decision to provide funding without hesitating over it. The implementation-support program is just such a mechanism. The concept of implementation support is shown on the left below. Please note that in the absence of implementation support program, R&D will be slowed down and, depending on the circumstances, may end up being stalled.

Implementation activities as teamwork with the public
The major premise of the implementation-support program is that R&D have ended and produced results. Since implementation activities are conducted as teamwork with the public, it is necessary to make clear who the potential beneficiaries is, what the purpose is, what methods are to be used to achieve the purpose, and what kind of effects are to be expected until when

Flexibility to accept coagent
In the course of implementation in society, it is necessary to have the flexibility in the organization in getting cooperation, as circumstances require, with researchers in deferent discipline, engineers, people with local on-site experience, beneficiaries, and others. Without coagent, it will not be possible to traverse the valley of death

Building a bridgehead to diffusion
The scope of this program does not cover as far as the stage of diffusion. When it becomes established and runs autonomously in society, however, then one expects that the implementation will be taken up as a successful case and diffused throughout the country.

Institutions that can receive implementation support
Institutions that can receive implementation support include private enterprises, societies of all kinds, non-profit organizations (NPO), universities, research institutes, and so on, regardless of the constituting entity. Projects are given support for one year or more, up to three years. By this support, it is expected to expedite the application of R&D outcome in society, to strengthen the researchers' social role, to improve the foundation of the R&D organization, and to positively realize the diffusion and firm establishment of R&D outcome in society.

Implementation-Support Program Underlying Concepts


Project NameLengthProject DirectorAffiliation
FY2013 Social Implementation of Screening for Sleep Apnea to prevent Traffic Accidents by Drowsy Driving 3yrs. Takeshi TANIGAWA Professor, Department of Public Health, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine
Senior Citizens' New Career Model in the Community 3yrs. Tetsuo TSUJI Professor, Institute of Gerontology, the University of Tokyo
Implementation of Shelter Guidance System for Commuters who are unable to return home based on Structural Health Monitoring of tall buildings after large-scale earthquake 3yrs. Akira MITA Professor, Department of System Design Engineering, Keio University
Social Implementation of Powered Glove for People with Hand Disability 3yrs. Shunji MOROMUGI Assistant Professor, Graduate school of Engineering, Nagasaki University
FY2012 A Widespread Use of an Easy-to-use Eye-gaze-tracking Device to Detect Earliest Signs of Developmental Disorder Will Help More Children to be Diagnosed Correctly, Providing Them Opportunities of an Appropriate Clinical Intervention Earliest Possible 3 yrs. Taiichi KATAYAMA Dean, United Garduate School of Child Development, Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu University school of medicine, Chiba University and University of Fukui
Implementation of School-based Social and Emotional Learning Programs for Crime Prevention 3 yrs. Reizo KOIZUMI Professor, Division of Professional Practice in Education, Graduate School of Education, Fukuoka University of Education
Improved Breeding and Saturation Level of Guide Dog for the Blind 3 yrs. Hiroshi SUZUKI Professor, Director General, National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
Risk Assessment of Coastal Area by Geochemical Discrimination of Tsunami Sediments and its Social Influence 3 yrs. Noriyoshi TSUCHIYA Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
The Sustainable Agricultural Production System for Reducing Environmental Load 3 yrs. Masahiro HAYASHI Professor, Organization for Innovation and Social Collaboration, National University Corporation Shizuoka University
Promoting Decentralized Energy Use and Creating Environmental Business in Rural Areas 3 yrs. Kazuo MOROZUMI PProfessor, Nodai Research Institute, Tokyo University of Agriculture
FY2011 Clinical Application of Dielectrophoretic Cell-identification Facilitating Early Diagnostics for Acute Leukemia 3 yrs. Hiroko IMASATO Senior Researcher,Fuzzy Logic Systems Institute
Social Implementation of Support Underwear for Prevention and Improvement of Women's Urinary Incontinence 3 yrs. Hisayo OKAYAMA Associate Professor of Maternity Nursing and Midwifery,Faculty of Nursing,Shiga University of Medical Science
Social implementation of self-supporting digital glass for visual field defect 3 yrs. Yuko SHIMOMURA Professor,Vice Chief of Education & Reasearch Promotion Center,Kinjo University
Social Implementation of a Car-driving Assist System for Handicapped Persons 3 yrs. Masayoshi WADA Associate Professor,Institute of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
FY2010 Web-based Support System for Child Care 3 yrs. Tokie ANME Professor, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Development of Life Recovery Support System for a Possible Tokyo Metropolitan Earthquake 3 yrs. Haruo HAYASHI Director & Professor, Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
Ambulatory Voiding in the Elderly Based on Functional Assessment 3 yrs. Yukio HOMMA Professor, Department of Urology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Social Implementation of Meal-Assist Robot for People with Disabilities 3 yrs. Ken'ichi YANO Professor, Social Implementation of Meal-Assist Robot for People with Disabilities
School Zone Lighting for Prevention of Light Pollution in Agricultural Products 3 yrs. Haruhiko YAMAMOTO Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Yamaguchi University
FY2009 Social Implementation of an Early Intervention System for Children with Developmental Disorders and Their Families 3 yrs. Yoko KAMIO Director of Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry
Organization of a Tidal Flat Restoration System with Citizen Participation to Restore the Natural Environment of Ago Bay 3 yrs. Hideki KOKUBU Researcher, Mie Prefecture Fisheries Research Institute
Implementation of a System for the Evaluation of Ambulatory Ability within Local Government Bodies to Prevent the Stumbling of Elderly People 3 yrs. Naruhiro SHIOZAWA Associate Professor, College of Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University
Implementation of the Building Damage Evaluation and Household Recovery Support Systems for Local Governmental Post-Disaster Operations 3 yrs. Satoshi TANAKA Associate Professor, Graduate School of Environment and Disaster Research, Fuji Tokoha University
The Social Setting of New Human Services to Prevent Child Abuse in Collaboration with Local Child Guidance Centers 3 yrs. Tadashi NAKAMURA Professor, Graduate School of Science for Human Services, Ritsumeikan University
FY2008 Diffusion of Ubiquitous IT Based Logistic Management System for Sustainable Utilization of Regional Timber Resources 3 yrs. Tomonari YASHIRO Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo
Construction of Oil Spill Response System by Collaborating Stakeholders Preparing Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development 3 yrs. Shintaro GOTO Professor, Dept. of Environmental Systems, Faculty of GEO-Environmental Science, Rissho University
Rollover Prevention System of Trailer Truck for Contributing to Safer Logistics and Secure Society 3 yrs. Yutaka WATANABE Professor, Faculty of Marine Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Social Implementation of Sustainable Support System That Enables Safe Driving by Elderly Persons over a Long Period 3 yrs. Yasumi ITO Chief, Section of Assisted Living Technology, Department of Gerontechnology, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, National Institute for Longevity Sciences
FY2007 Development of an Efficient and Effective Regional Emergency Medical System 3 yrs. Kenji OHSHIGE Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Yokohama City University School of Medicine
Establishing a Foothold for Nationwide Expansion of Tsunami Education Using a Comprehensive Tsunami Disaster Scenario Simulator 3 yrs. Toshitaka KATADA Director, Institute of Social Technology, IDA Co., Ltd
Diffusion and Popularization of Biodegradation Disposal System for Oil Spill Recovery 3 yrs. Masaki SAITO Chief Researcher, Regional Resources Division, Oita Industrial Research Institute
Pragmatic Application of an Educational Information-Sharing System for Medical Staff to Prevent Drug-Related Malpractice 3 yrs. Yasufumi SAWADA Director, Drug Lifetime Management Center
Organizing Community Networks which Support Children with Learning Difficulties Through E-learning 3 yrs. Nobuo MASATAKA Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University