1. Home
  2. News Releases
  3. Back Issues
  4. October FY2021
  5. Third Round of Selection of Applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative

Third Round of Selection of Applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative

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

3. Successful hubs in the third round of selection of applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative

Regional contribution category:
Ibaraki University Research and Innovation Center (Office for Promotion of Hitachi Regional Design Project)
Kochi University 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