GTIE GAP Fund Call for Applications for Commercialization Promotion Organizations

Purpose and Intent

The GTIE GAP Fund Program is seeking organizations to promote commercialization under the GTIE GAP Fund Program.

This program is a part of the “Deep Tech Startup International Startup Ecosystem Co-creation Program”, a project commissioned by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (hereinafter referred to as “JST”). This program is implemented with the budget allocated by the “Startup Ecosystem Co-creation Program for the International Development of Deep Tech Startups” (hereinafter referred to as the “Program”), a project of the New Industry Creation Fund for University Startups (hereinafter referred to as the “Fund”) commissioned by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The purpose of this program is to support the commercialization of outstanding technology seeds from universities and the development of entrepreneurial human resources, and to build a system that will enable the sustainable creation of startups with a large social impact that will lead to social change and solutions to social issues after Corona. The program also includes the “Entrepreneurship Support Program” and the “Entrepreneurial Activity Support Program. In addition, the “Entrepreneurship Support Program” provides support to universities participating in the Greater Tokyo Innovation Ecosystem (GTIE) (hereinafter referred to as “GTIE”). The GTIE GAP Fund Program provides support to universities participating in the Greater Tokyo Innovation Ecosystem (GTIE) platform.

The GTIE GAP Fund Program provides support for research and development projects for researchers belonging to GTIE’s lead and collaborating institutions in order to create university-launched ventures that aim for the global market based on innovative technology seeds from universities participating in the platform and university-launched ventures with high social impact that also contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. We will support research and development projects. The institutions selected through this call for proposals will support the researchers selected for the GTIE GAP Fund in their commercialization-oriented R&D activities as mentors, with the aim of helping them start their own businesses or obtain the next stage of R&D funding (JST START, etc.).

Participating universities in the GTIE platform (16 universities)
The University of Tokyo Waseda University Tokyo Institute of Technology University of Tsukuba
Chiba University Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Yokohama City University Kanagawa University of Health and Welfare
Tokyo Medical and Dental University Keio University Tokyo Metropolitan University Shibaura Institute of Technology
Tokyo University of Science Ibaraki University The University of Electro-Communications Tokai University

1. subject of the call for applications
*For details, please refer to the application guideline.
Applications are open to institutions that meet all of the following criteria
( 1 ) Institutions with a track record of supporting deep-tech startups, including those in the pre-stage of business startups.
( 2 ) Have the ability to invest in seed-stage startups.
3)Ability to assign at least two individuals with a track record of supporting startups as their staff members.
4)An institution with a legal entity in Japan
( 5 ) Institutions that are not subject to suspension of subsidies or suspension of nomination for contracts.
( 6 ) Institutions that have a juridical personality and are able to contract with the GTIE lead institution university.

2. Application Period
Application deadline: Application period: Monday, January 29, 2024 – (Applications will be accepted at any time up to the number of applications to be adopted)

Pre-briefing session will be held.
Date and time: Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 11:00-12:00
*If you wish to attend the briefing session, please register in advance using the following form.
*The information session is open to candidates for commercialization promotion organizations (venture capital firms, etc.).
Registration Deadline: Noon, Monday, February 5, 2024
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*If you wish to view a recording of the application briefing, please contact us at “11.

3. Number of applications to be accepted
About 15 cases

4. Activity period
Within May 2024 (tentative) to April 2025 (tentative)

5. Contract amount (maximum)
Less than 1.2 million yen (including tax) per institution

6. How to submit application documents
Please save the prepared application form in PDF format in the box below and send it by e-mail to the following address. The title of the e-mail should be “[ GTIE GAP Fund Commercialization Promotion Organization Application ]Organization Name”. When uploading the file, please follow the naming method described in the description of the box.
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7. Application Guidelines

8. Application Form
*Excel sheets created should be combined into one PDF file in order
1 1.1 Outline of the organization of the institution to which the applicant belongs, etc.
1.2 Achievements, strengths, etc. of the machine to which the applicant belongs, and plans and ideas for support for the team of researchers
1.3 Brief personal history, achievements, strengths, etc. of the applicant (all members who plan to participate in the project)
Appendix Fund Summary (if holding venture capital funds)
2 Institutional introduction materials (maximum of 10 PowerPoint pages)
Supplementary company data and supplementary explanatory materials (no more than 10 PowerPoint pages) (optional)

9. Screening
Screening will be conducted in a closed-door written review process. Applicants may be asked to answer questions about the screening documents and submit additional materials.

10. Notification of Selection Results
Applicants will be notified of the selection results by e-mail.
First round of results notification: February 9, 2024 (Friday)
Second round result notification: End of February, 2024
After the 3rd round, notification will be made by the end of the month after the monthly deadline.
*Email will be sent from the GTIE Tokyo Tech Office ( )

Inquiries should be addressed to
<GTIE Tokyo Institute of Technology Secretariat
Innovation Design Organization, Research and Industry-Academia Collaboration Division