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Moonshot Research and Development Program

October 18, 2019

The Moonshot Research and Development Program has been promoted by the Cabinet Office in collaboration with relevant government ministries, agencies, and organizations. This page provides information on research and development activities, events, and calls for proposals being carried out by NEDO regarding the program.

Outline of Moonshot Research and Development

With the Moonshot Research and Development Program, NEDO is driving high-risk, high-impact research and development toward ambitious and attractive targets (Moonshot targets) to solve issues facing society in the future based on research and development concepts set by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to achieve Moonshot targets.


The Cabinet Office designed the Moonshot Research and Development Program to stimulate disruptive innovation in Japan, implementing challenging research and development based on ideas that are not just extensions of conventional technology.

In this program, the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation will determine Moonshot targets, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and METI will create the research and development concepts through which challenging research and development will be implemented. NEDO and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) are responsible for carrying out the operation of the Moonshot Research and Development Program with multi-year funding for ambitious research and development.


October 3, 2019: The Moonshot International Symposium to be held

The Moonshot International Symposium is scheduled to be held at Belle Salle Tokyo Nihonbashi on December 17 (Tue) and 18 (Wed), 2019. With the aim of setting Moonshot targets, experts get together from around the world to discuss how to set goals that will contribute to solving social problems and how to proceed with research and development activities to achieve the targets.

To participate in the symposium, please apply from the JST website below.


Please contact the following for further information about the program.

Moonshot Research and Development Office, Innovation Promotion Department, NEDO

E-mail: moonshot-office*nedo.go.jp

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  • For more information about research and development activities being carried out by JST, please refer to JST’s website.


Project Information

Technology field Not applicable Project code P18016