December 24, 2020
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducted a second selection of applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative. After a strict selection process, five successful hubs were selected.
METI will advance dialogues and deploy support measures tailored to the selected hubs.
1. Overview of the J-Innovation Hub Initiative
Under this initiative, METI targets regional innovation hubs, mainly universities, and assesses and selects outstanding industry-academia bases playing a leading role as a hub of companies’ networks. It will thereby aim to enhance the trust of selected hubs in society, concentrate support measures to them and enhance the ability of top-ranking hubs.
METI selected these hubs for two categories: the international development category and the regional contribution category.
The international development category: Hubs proactively engaging in industry-academia collaboration activities with global enterprises both at home and abroad; and aiming toward further business development overseas in the future.
The regional contribution category: Hubs aiming to solve regional challenges, vitalize regional economies and take on other actions; and proactively engaging in industry-academia collaboration activities with regional companies and municipalities.
2. Outline of selection processes
METI opened a call for applicants from October 12 to November 13, 2020, and received 13 applications.
In response, it conducted an examination of the applications from the viewpoints below and decided on the successful applicants as a result of discussions held at an examination committee of outside experts.
Major viewpoints of the examination
- Visions and purposes of applicant hubs as well as strategies and plans;
- Infrastructure of and inputs to such hubs (systems involving researchers and support staff, financial infrastructure, facilities and equipment, systems involving contracts and security, and human resource development);
- Processes for creating innovations at such hubs (innovation management systems); and
- Outputs and outcomes from creating innovations at such hubs.
3. Second selection of applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative Hubs
International development category:
|Nagoya University||Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability|
|Kobe University||Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology|
|Hiroshima University||Research Institute for Nanodevice and Bio Systems|
Regional contribution category:
|Iwate University||Research Center for Manufacturing Technology|
|University of Aizu||University-Business Innovation Center; Revitalization Center|
Division in Charge
Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau