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R&D and Evaluation Subcommittee Compiled a Report

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has held meetings of the R&D and Evaluation Subcommittee of the Committee on Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment under the Industrial Structure Council since January, 2014. METI released an interim report compiling the grand design of a gap-bridging system to create innovation with innovative technology seeds as the core and specific necessary measures.

1. Background

Japan needs to create new markets through realizing discontinuous innovation utilizing technology seeds, with the aim of enhancing Japan's competitiveness. In light of the current severe business situation brought on by increasing global competition and rapidly changing market trends, national governments in several major countries play a key role in advancing initiatives for achieving innovation, with the recognition that technology policy has a significant influence on the country’s industrial competitiveness.

In this context, the R&D and Evaluation Subcommittee of the Committee on Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment under the Industrial Structure Council (chairman: Prof. Makoto Gonokami, Dean of School of Science, the University of Tokyo) has been studying the grand design of the gap-bridging system to create innovation with innovative technology seeds as the core and specific necessary measures since January, 2014.

2. Highlights of the interim report

The interim report was streamlined from three perspectives. The major proposals are as follows:

  1. Establishing a "gap-bridging" system that bridges innovative technology seeds to commercialization

    Enhancing the "gap-bridging" function of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), strengthening the R&D management of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and fortifying the fostering and support for technology-based SMEs and venture companies; and in addition, companies' activities of open innovation and Industry-Academia-Government collaborative initiatives through university reforms should be further promoted.

  2. Developing scheme for creating outstanding technology seeds

    Review of the structures concerning research fund allocation for basic researches and amalgamation of different fields should be promoted, to create a large variety of originative technology seeds. Furthermore, the creation of leading-edge technology seeds using public research institutes as a core, and the development of technologies of industrial base should be carried on.

  3. Development and mobility of human resources leading innovation

    NEDO and other organizations will foster R&D managers who will lead the "gap-bridging" functions and establish the career paths for those personnel. Besides, it should be promoted; development and utilization of researchers who have a high level of expertise and broad perspectives, expansion of the foundation of personnel in science and technology, mobilization of human resources.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Reference

Highlights of the Interim Report Compiled by the R&D and Evaluation Subcommittee of the Committee on Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment under the Industrial Structure Council (PDF:1,429KB) PDF File Updated on August 1, 2014

Release Date

June 17, 2014

Division in Charge

Industrial Science and Technology Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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