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NEDO Feasibility Study Program (Feasibility Study Program on Energy and New Environmental Technology/Feasibility Study Program on New Technology for Creating New Industries/Uncharted Territory Challenge 2050)

Project overview

Project period: starting in FY2014, FY2022 budget: JPY 5.21 billion

In Japan, due to an increasingly fierce competitive environment in recent years, there has been a stronger emphasis on results—which has shortened the research and development period for private companies—and it has become difficult to start research and development activities requiring ten or more years to realize commercialization. In addition, it is said that national research and development projects are becoming both smaller in scale and increasingly short-sighted, and, if nothing is done to address this situation, there is a risk that new technologies leading to national projects aimed at enhancing future industrial competitiveness and the creation of new industries will dry up.

The goal of this project is to use a framework of industry-academia collaboration to conduct advanced research on innovative technology and systems to be implemented in society starting in 2030 and in anticipation of 2050 for fields that include energy conservation, new energy, CO2 reduction, and other energy/environmental fields as well as industrial technology fields connected to the creation of new industries. The basic aim is to discover innovative potential technology to pave the way for future national projects.

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■ Implementation item 1: Feasibility Study Program on New Technology

  • Project concept

(1) Project scheme

The goal of this project is to conduct advanced research on innovative technology and systems for which social implementation could be possible starting around 2030 by using a framework of industry-academia collaboration, thereby paving the way to discover technology seeds that are innovative, original, and expected to have future ripple effects and to then develop national projects based on them.

Upon implementing this project, requests for information (RFIs) will be issued regarding details on research and development to be conducted, and other steps will also be taken to collect a wide range of information related to research and development. Research and development issues covered by open calls for this project will then be established, and then open calls for proposals will be released. (For details on RFIs, see item (4) below.)

(2) Target research and development themes

  • Research and development that is innovative, original, and expected to have ripple effects on industry (high-risk, high-return research and development)
Feasibility Study Program on Energy and New Environmental Technology
  • Target fields: energy/environmental fields contributing to drastic energy conservation, new energy, CO2 reduction
Feasibility Study Program on New Technology for Creating New Industries
  • Target fields: technical fields contributing to the resolution of social issues through innovative technology as well as the creation of new demand and productivity innovation

(3) Research and development theme implementation period, project scale, and implementation system

  • Implementation period: generally within one year (12 months), maximum of two years
  • Project scale: generally JPY 50 million or less per year/project, maximum of no more than JPY 100 million per year/project (outsourced: 100% paid by NEDO)
  • Implementation system: framework for industry-academia collaboration by companies, universities, and other organizations.

Note: In the case of implementation carried out only by universities/public research institutes, the implementation term is one year or less, and the funding scale is no more than JPY 20 million per year/project.

(4) For requests for information (RFIs), please provide information on research and development details.

Before the start of open calls for proposals, requests for information (RFIs) will be issued in relation to technology seeds and technology needs in order to establish research and development issues to be addressed under projects. Please submit the RFI information provision form as a reference for identifying issues.

Submission method

Fill out required items on the RFI information provision form (refer to the detailed materials form), and then email it to the following address.

rfi-enekan@nedo.go.jp

Detailed materials
  • RFI information provision form (overview, attachment)
  • RFI information item file

Note: RFI information provision forms can generally be submitted at any time during the year, but notices on temporary submission deadlines will be posted on the website for open call notices due to considerations related to the implementation of open calls during each fiscal year and other factors.

For details on FY2020 open call notices, see the following website:

  • Notices on open calls related to the FY2020 NEDO Feasibility Study Program/Feasibility Study Program on New Technology and the announcement of RFIs to identify issues

(5) Establishment of programs

To more effectively promote research and development, multiple related research and development themes are combined into one program. The purpose of a program is to clarify the direction of research and development and realize the integrated implementation of multiple research and development themes.

program manager

■ Implementation item 2: Uncharted Territory Challenge 2050

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(1) Project scheme

This project covers technology and systems for achieving a drastic reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases with an eye to 2050. The goal of the project is to contribute to such a reduction by 2050 by searching for or creating innovative low-carbon technology seeds that are not natural extensions of existing technology or based on conventional ideas, thereby identifying a path leading to future national projects and social implementation.

(2) Target research and development themes

  • Technical fields contributing to drastic energy savings, new technologies, CO2 reduction, and others.
  • Research and development that is innovative, original, and expected to have ripple effects on the industry (high-risk, high-return research and development)

(3) Research and development theme implementation period, scale, and implementation system

  • Implementation period: up to five years (generally three to five years, with stage-gate reviews implemented during research and development)
  • Project scale: around JPY 5 to 20 million per year/project (outsourced: 100% paid by NEDO)
  • Implementation system: Generally, a framework for industry-academia collaboration by companies and universities/research institutes (young researchers who are less than 40 years old in the case of universities/research institutes).

Note: Budget amounts may be reviewed depending on proposal details, including the status of industry-academia collaboration.

(4) Program Director and Program Officers

To more effectively promote the research and development for Uncharted Territory Challenge 2050, a program director (PD) is assigned who is responsible for overall project supervision. Program officers (POs) are also assigned who are responsible for providing advice from a technical perspective on specific technical fields/research and development areas.

  • Information on Program Director and Program Officers can be found here.

(5) Themes being implemented

  • List of themes being implemented
  • Next-generation power electronics
  • Energy and system sensing
  • Superconductivity applications
  • Super lightweight and heat-resistant structural materials
  • Composite technology that achieves net-zero emissions (NZE)
  • Composite technology that achieves direct air capture (DAC)

Basic information

Technical field
  • Cross-sectoral proposal-based programs
Project code P14004
Department in charge
  • Frontier and Moonshot Technology Department (TEL: +81-44-520-5174)

Last Updated : May 27, 2022