Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office: Moonshot research & development program

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources welcomes the Government of Japan’s public call for proposals to participate in its Moonshot Research and Development Program, a new $1B+ research funding initiative. This program is aimed at addressing the challenges posed by Japan’s ageing population and climate change through the development of frontier technologies and areas of research including Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), automation, robotics, AgriTech, MedTech, healthcare, and space applications. Australian researchers and companies are eligible to compete for funding through the Moonshot program based on criteria prescribed by Japan, specific to each goal.

Moonshot goal Internal review Final deadline Application website
1: Realisation of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050 5 May 2020 12 May 2020 Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST)
2: Realisation of ultra-early disease prediction and intervention 5 May 2020 12 May 2020 Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST)
3: Realisation of AI robots that autonomously learn, adapt to their environment, evolve in intelligence and act alongside human beings 5 May 2020 12 May 2020 Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST)
4: Realisation of sustainable resource circulation to recover the global environment 13 Apr 2020 20 Apr 2020 New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Agency (NEDO)
5: Creation of industry that enables sustainable global food supply by exploiting unused biological resources TBA TBA Bio-Oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution (BRAIN)
and Moonshot homepage
6: Realisation of a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will revolutionise economy, industry, and security 5 May 2020 12 May 2020 Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST)


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