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Results of the Demonstration Project for the Introduction of Robots under the FY2014 Supplementary Budget were Compiled Starting the call for FY2016 Project Applicants Today

As the Demonstration Project for the Introduction of Robots under the FY2014 supplementary budget, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been supporting demonstration and other projects for the introduction of robots into the frontier fields where robots are not yet utilized in the areas of monodzukuri (product design and manufacturing) and services. METI hereby announces that it has compiled the results into a handbook.

METI also announces that it will start the call for applicants for the FY2016 Project on April 26, 2016.

1. The Demonstration Project for the Introduction of Robots

The New Robot Strategy, a national strategy decided by the Japan Economic Revitalization Headquarters in February 2015, states that Japan should be the “center for the utilization of the world’s state-of-the-art robot technology” toward a goal of realizing a “robot revolution.”

The Demonstration Project for the Introduction of Robots is an initiative for advancing the demonstration and tests for introducing robots into the frontier fields where robots are not yet utilized in the areas of monodzukuri and services, toward the realization of a society in which robots are utilized in the broad fields stated in the strategy.

2. Announcement of the results achieved in the projects under the FY2014 supplementary budget

Under the FY2014 supplementary budget, 2.20 billion yen was allocated to the project and METI supported 116 demonstration projects through the Japan Robot Association (JARA) as a secretariat. METI hereby announces that it compiled the results of the projects into a collection titled “Case Example Handbook 2016.”

Demonstration Project for the Introduction of Robots: Case Example Handbook 2016

3. Starting the call for applicants for the project under the FY2016 budget

Under the FY2016 initial budget, 2.30 billion yen has been allocated to the FY2016 project. In response, METI will start the call for applicants for the project on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, through JARA as a secretariat. The first closing date is Monday, May 16, 2016, and the second closing date is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

The FY2016 project will target initiatives for demonstrations of introducing robots, and feasibility studies (FS) as follows:

  1. Improving labor productivity;
  2. Alternating and supporting severe work or skilled labor;
  3. Introducing robots into the fields of complex or difficult work;
  4. Introducing robots into the so-called “three-products industries” consisting of food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries;
  5. Utilizing robots in backyard or other processes in the service industry;
  6. Utilizing robots in everyday spaces;
  7. Realizing new services using robots;
  8. Fortifying functions of system integrators.

For details of the invitation, visit the following JARA website:

Information on the invitation for the FY2016 Demonstration Project for the Introduction of Robots

http://www.jara.jp/hojyo/koubo.htmlexternallink

Contact and consultation counter for questions, how to apply, etc.

M. Takamoto and M. Adachi, Japan Robot Association
Telephone: 03-3434-2919; Facsimile: 03-3578-1404

Release date

April 26, 2016

Division in Charge

Robotics Policy Office, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Related Information

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