October 11, 2021
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has conducted the third round of selection of applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative. After a strict selection process, three successful hubs were selected.
METI will advance dialogs 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 that are playing a leading role as hubs for networks of companies. The aim is to enhance their creditworthiness, focus public support measures on them, and enhance the capabilities of the top-ranking hubs.
METI selects the hubs in two categories: the international development category and the regional contribution category.
|International development category
|Hubs that are actively engaged in industry-academia collaboration activities with global enterprises both at home and abroad, and are aiming for further business development overseas in the future.
|Regional contribution category
|Hubs that are aiming to solve regional issues, boost regional economies, and take on other challenges, and that are actively engaged in industry-academia collaboration activities with regional companies and municipalities.
2. Outline of the selection processes
METI held a call for applicants from August 2 to September 2, 2021, and received 5 applications.
It examined the applications from the perspective of the factors below, and selected candidates based on discussions by an examination committee of outside experts.
Major factors for the examination
- The hubs' visions and objectives, and their strategies and plans;
- The hubs' infrastructure and inputs (systems regarding researchers and support staff; financial bases; facilities and equipment; systems regarding contracts and security; and human resources development);
- The processes for creating innovation at the hubs (innovation management systems); and
- The outputs and outcomes of innovations created within the hubs.
3. Successful hubs in the third round of selection of applicants for the J-Innovation Hub InitiativeRegional contribution category:
|Research and Innovation Center (Office for Promotion of Hitachi Regional Design Project)
|Kochi University IoP Collaborative Creation Center
|Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)
|Headquarters for Industrial Collaboration
Note: In Japanese syllabary order
Note: There were no applications for the international development category
Division in Charge
Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau