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S-Innovation (Strategic Promotion of Innovative Research and Development)

Bringing together academic researchers and private enterprise to generate innovation, based on attractive R&D themes

R&D themes chosen for the S-Innovation program are selected mainly from among the research output of JST's basic research programs, such as CREST, ERATO, PRESTO and SORST, which aim to create innovative new technologies, and which lead to the advancement of science and technology and the emergence of new industries. S-Innovation is based on the seamless, long-term pursuit of R&D toward the practical application of novel technologies. It is envisaged that the innovation resulting from such technologies will form the foundations of future industries.


Process up to the setting of R&D themes

  1. Review of R&D themes
    R&D themes are mainly selected from among the output of such programs as CREST, ERATO, PRESTO and SORST.
  2. Holding of workshops
    Academic researchers and people from the industrial sector together discuss such issues as the potential for establishing a theme, and the necessity and direction of theme adoption.
  3. Setting of R&D themes
    R&D themes are set and Program Officers (POs) are appointed. The PO is responsible for evaluating and managing theme progress.

Process from call for proposals through approval

  1. Call for project proposals
    For each R&D theme set, applications are called from industry-academia collaborative teams comprising companies, universities and other parties.
  2. Project selection and approval
    POs conduct selection procedures based on submitted documentation and interviews. For each R&D theme, approximately five projects are approved.

Execution of research

  1. A platform (consortium) comprising R&D theme POs works to ensure information is shared among project teams as they strive to realize effective R&D.
Number of themes and projects approved (FY2012)
  • R&D theme:
    • Functional Biomaterial
  • Projects: 5 (Approximately)

S-Innovation Support Content

Number of projects approved Approximately five projects per R&D theme
R&D period Maximum period of 10 fiscal years (comprising three stages)
R&D phase Stage I Stage II Stage III
Basic and foundational R&D aiming to establish component technology R&D of component technology R&D of applications (verification testing aimed at commercialization of product)
R&D period by stage (approximate) 2∼3 years 3∼4 years 2∼3 years
R&D funding
(including indirect costs)
Up to 70 million yen per project team
Contract fund Contract fund Matching fund
R&D system Industry-academia collaborative R&D teams are formed through partnerships between companies and universities, etc. The Project Manager (PM), who is responsible for team coordination, is chosen at the time a proposal is submitted. Centering on the PO, each PM works to share information among teams as R&D proceeds.

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R&D themes and topics (projects) of FY2009

• R&D theme: iPS Cells
PO: Dr. Shin-ichi Nishikawa (Deputy Director, Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN)

Topic (project) Main company (industry) Main university (academia)
Construction of human hepatic stem cell library for pharmaco-cellomics   * Sekisui Medical Co., Ltd. Yokohama City University
Retinal regeneration by cell transplantation *1  * Japan Tissue Engineering Co., Ltd. Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation
Development of basic technologies for human ES/iPS cells using genetic and cellular engineering techniques   * Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. Kyoto University
System development of process and quality controls concerning differentiation of hiPS toward retinal pigment epithelial cells Shimadzu Corporation Osaka University

* : Finished project

*1: Based on the findings of S-Innovation, this project transferred to the Highway Program for Realization of Regenerative Medicine(MEXT) and R&D was accelerated

• R&D theme: Organic Electronics
PO: Dr. Yoshio Taniguchi (Professor, Shinshu University)

Topic (project) Main company (industry) Main university (academia)
Development of polymer-based flexible displays: Innovation with new high-performance polymer semiconductors and their printed AM-TFTs Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. RIKEN
Development of new solar cells consisting of flexible nano-porous titania sheets Nippon Steel Chemical Co., Ltd. Kyushu Institute of Technology
Development of printed and flexible OLED panels for general lighting Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. Yamagata University
Printable durable organic solar cells: Development of fundamental technology for commercialization Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation The University of Tokyo

• R&D theme: Photonics Polymers
PO: Dr. Seizo Miyata (Senior Adviser to the President, University of Electro-Communications)

Topic (project) Main company (industry) Main university (academia)
Development of fast organic photorefractive polymers for advanced optical communication technology Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. Kyoto Institute of Technology
Development of new device technology based on the nano-ordered structures of polymers JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation Tokyo Institute of Technology
Three-dimensional vector wave memory development project Nippon Steel Chemical Co., Ltd. Utsunomiya University
Optical interconnect device technology using high-performance photonics polymers Toyota Central R&D Labs.,Inc. Utsunomiya University
Development of quantum photonic technologies with polymer optical nanofibers Ishihara Sangyo Co., Ltd. University of Electro-Communication

• R&D theme: Superconductivity System
PO: Dr. Ken-ichi Sato (Fellow, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.)

Topic (project) Main company (industry) Main university (academia)
Development of advanced HTS*2 SQUID system for biological diagnosis and nondestructive evaluation Hitachi, Ltd. Kyushu University
R&D of key hard technology for large scale superconducting rotational machines Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. SOPHIA University
Challenge to functional, efficient, and compact accelerator system using high Tc superconductors Toshiba Corporation Kyoto University
Development of next-generation NMR technology using HTS* materials Jeol Resonance Ltd. National Institute for Materials Science
Development of a new generation of high-efficient railway technologies using high Tc superconductors Railway Technical Research Institute National Institute for Materials Science

*2 HTS: High-Temperature Superconductors

R&D themes and topics (projects) of FY2010

• R&D theme: ICT/IRT for Aged Society
PO: Dr.Tohru Ifukube (Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo)

Topic (project) Main company (industry) Main university (academia)
Development of an information support system for the elderly with cognitive decline using communication robots NEC Corporation National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
Enhancing a safe and secure traffic society with autonomous driving systems for aged drivers Toyota Motor Corporation Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
"Senior Cloud" ICT platform for advancing society by circulating the experience, knowledge, and skills of the elderly IBM Research – Tokyo The University of Tokyo
Research and development of KEIROKA technology to support independent life of elderly people in aged society, as well as construction of a system to evaluate this  * Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Co.,Ltd. Hokkaido University
* : Finished project

R&D themes and topics (projects) of FY2011

• R&D theme: Spin Currents
PO: Dr.Koji Ando (Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Topic (project) Main company (industry) Main university (academia)
Development of technologies for 3D magnetic recording: a new storage architecture Toshiba Corporation National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Development of simultaneous room-temperature-measurement system of magneto-cardiography, magneto-encephalography and magnetic resonance imaging with tunnel magneto-resistance devices Konica Minolta Technology Center, Inc. Tohoku University

R&D themes and topics (projects) of FY2012

• R&D theme: Bio-functional Materials
PO: Dr. Hiroo Iwata (Director and Professor, Institute for Frontier Medical Science, Kyoto University)

Topic (project) Main company (industry) Main university (academia)
Creation and application of core technology of extracorporeal circulation treatments aiming at immunological control Asahi Kasei Corporation Kyoto University
Biofunctionalization of Metallic Biomaterials -A vital point of supporting long healthy life in musculoskeletal medicine- Nakashima Medical CO., LTD. Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Reconstruction of motor and sensory functions by mRNA-integrative biofunctional structural materials Teijin Limited The University of Tokyo
Development of Hyper-biocompatible Surface Technology on Biomedical Materials Based on Photochemical Science NOF Corporation The University of Tokyo
High strength TiNi alloy stent by atomic/nano-scale microstructure control Terumo Corporation Osaka University
Creation of innovative system for regeneration and reconstruction of hard tissues GC Corporation Kyushu University
Tissue regeneration with bioactive scaffolds based on spatial arrangement and functional manipulation of cells JMS CO.LTD. National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
Development of the specific adsorbent for LAP positive T cells and TGF-b for application to cancer therapy Toray Industries, Inc. Shiga University of Medical Science

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