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2024/05/13

GTIE GAP Fund 2024 Entry Course Applications Now Open!

GTIE GAP Fund 2024 Entry Course is now open for applications

Purpose and Intent:
Under the GAP Fund Program, the GreaterTokyoInnovationEcosystem (hereinafter referred to as “GTIE”), entrusted with the Startup Ecosystem Co-creation Program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) New Industry Creation Fund for University Startups, will provide support to researchers affiliated with universities participating in the GTIE platform through the GAP Fund Program. GTIE will provide support through the GAP Fund Program to researchers affiliated with universities participating in the GTIE platform.

GTIE GAP Fund Program 2024 “Entry (hereinafter referred to as “the Course”) The GTIE GAP Fund Program 2024 “Entry (hereinafter referred to as the “Course”)” is now open for applications. This course is open to (1) university-launched startups that aim for the global market based on innovative technology seeds and (2) university-launched startups that have a high social impact and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, with the aim of returning the results to society. The selected proposals will be those that are responsible for the research and development.

The selected proposals will be promoted under a system in which the principal investigator responsible for the research and development is supported by the university’s entrepreneurship support personnel. Milestones (milestone interim targets and business and R&D milestones) will be set for the promotion of the proposal, and business development and R&D will be conducted in an integrated manner to achieve these milestones.

Outline of this course:
R&D Proposals to be solicited

1. target
Research Proposals (GAP Funds) that will promote the brush-up of business models, prototype production, acquisition of data (experimental and computational results) for hypothesis testing, market validation, etc., with the aim of commercializing the research results of the research institution.
(1) Research and development that aims to return the results to society through the creation of startups from universities and other institutions that aim for the global market with innovative technology seeds as their core.
(2) Research and development aiming to return the results to society through the creation of university-launched startups with high social impact that also contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
*(3) Research and development aiming to return the results to society through the creation of startups that have a high social impact and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs .

<Guideline for the end of this program
Proposals selected for this program will be evaluated at the end of the program to determine the feasibility of commercialization and appropriate strategies, and will be considered for application to the GAP Fund in the STEP 2 stage or other entrepreneurship support programs, with the aim of starting a business. When applying, please refer to the examples of achievement goals in the application guidelines and set appropriate achievement goals, taking into account the characteristics of the issue and the field.

Outline of Application:
1. Eligibility
(1) Researchers affiliated with the following universities on the GTIE platform
University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Waseda University, 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, Tokyo University of Science, Shibaura Institute of Technology, University of Electro-Communications, Ibaraki University, Tokai University, RIKEN
(2) All other conditions must be met (for details, please refer to the application guidelines). 2.

2. application period and selection schedule
[ Application deadline ] Noon, Monday, June 10, 2024
[ Schedule ]
Application submission deadline Monday, June 10, 2024 at noon
Interview screening Mid-June 2024 (tentative)
Notification of interview results Mid-June 2024 (tentative)
Start of research Around July 2024 (tentative)
*Approval by JST is required after the GTIE is adopted. 1 to 1.5 months after the proposal is submitted to JST is the target time. 3.

3. number of proposals to be adopted
about 15
*If there are outstanding proposals, they will be selected regardless of the number of proposals above. On the other hand, if there are only a few proposals that meet the selection criteria, the number of proposals may be less than the planned number. Therefore, the number of proposals adopted may increase or decrease. 4.

R&D expenses (total R&D period, direct expenses)
Up to 5 million yen per proposal
*Maximum amount, direct expenses only.
*The R&D expenses may be increased or decreased as a result of the screening process. 5.

5. application documents
(1) Application guidelines

(2) Application Documents
Forms 1-4 *For students 1-5 (PDF of the prepared file)

(1) Form 1_Application Form


(2) Form 2_Budget Plan

(3) Form 3_Proposal Description Document (maximum of 10 PowerPoint pages; prepared file must be a PDF)

(4) Form 4_Intellectual Property Confirmation Form

(5) Form 5_Student Acknowledgment Form

How to submit application documents
Please fill out the following application form and upload the documents downloaded and prepared in “5.

Submit the application form (for Principal Investigators) to https://forms.gle/8FN5JbZBQhE3CShX8

Application Restrictions
JST has established restrictions on duplicate applications for the same Principal Investigator for JST projects. Please refer to the application guideline for details.

The same Principal Investigator cannot simultaneously conduct the “Fund for New Industry Creation from Universities” and the “New Industry Creation from Universities Program for Research Results Deployment”. Also, with the exception of the final year of the program, it is not possible to apply for one fund while implementing the other fund. There are no restrictions at the application stage, but if you have applied to more than one fund, you will be asked to choose whether to implement the fund that has been selected and withdraw from the fund for which you have applied, or to withdraw from the fund that has been selected in order to wait for the results of the review of the fund for which you have applied. The same PI is not allowed to apply for more than one proposal in the same fund.

In principle, there are no restrictions on the application by the commercialization promotion organization.

Researchers who belong to Waseda University or Tsukuba University and are currently selected for a university-promoted R&D project or the University of Tokyo GAP Fund Program are not eligible to apply for “Entry” in this Call for Proposals. You can apply for other GTIE GAP Fund courses. Please check with us.

8. Contact
If you have any questions, please contact the “Contact” of your university listed within the application guidelines.

9. Notification of Selection Results
Final selection results will be notified via e-mail in mid-June 2024.