Calls for Proposals Early-stage FY 2020 Moonshot Research and Development Program

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Updated on September 7, 2020; We uploaded a new video "PD's message.


Status of Grants/Funding Opportunities Grants/Funding Opportunities
R&D phase Basic Study, Applied Study, Nonclinical Study/Pre-clinical Study, Clinical Study, Clinical Trials, None
Key Fields Moonshot Research and Development Program
Submission Deadline 10/27/20 Tue noon (JST)
Office of Project Management
-Division of Moonshot Research and Development Program
E-mail: moonshot"AT" , Replace "AT" with "@"
※Please contact us, preferably by e-mail using the above contact information.

Public offering content

AMED will conduct an open call for "Moonshot R&D program / Realizing sustainable medical and nursing care systems to prevent and overcome major diseases by 2040 for everyone to enjoy life until 100 years old"

MoonShot Goal R&D funds required
(excluding indirect expenses)
implementation period envisioned
Number of adopted themes envisioned
Moonshot Goal #7
 Realizing sustainable medical and nursing care systems to prevent and overcome major diseases by 2040 for everyone to enjoy life until 100 years old
No upper or lower limits are set per proposal. Five years in principle
but no more than 10 years
More than one
(not fixed)
  • Since there are no specified upper or lower limits per proposal, the applicant should calculate the estimated necessary budgets for the themes. Nevertheless, fund availability is limited as follows:
    Available funds (approximate): two billion yen per proposal per five years (excluding indirect expenses)
    As a condition attached to selection, changes may be requested with regard to implementation plans, including the R&D budget and research implementation system. The proposed R&D expenses may need to be changed accordingly.
  • If the decision to continue the project beyond year 5 is made based on evaluations, the maximum R&D period will be 10 years.

Program summary

Headquarters for Healthcare Policy determined to promote challenging R&D program called Moonshot (hereinafter referred to as "MS"), based on ideas that are not just extensions of conventional technology to create disruptive innovation in Japan.
Based on the MS R&D program, AMED has established the fund as the research promotion agency that conducts the operations related to the R&D in the field of medical and healthcare and in order to achieve the MS goal determined by Headquarters for Healthcare Policy, AMED promotes challenging R&D program toward the realization of the R&D concepts created by the Cabinet Office (CAO), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare(MHLW) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Program Details


Pursuant to the Operating and Evaluating Guidelines for Moonshot Research and Development Programs (attached hereto as Appendix 2), the nationality of the Project Manager (PM) applicant is not a consideration. However, following selection, the PM must maintain a base in Japan.
For more details, please refer to "Guideline II. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS" for details.

Solicitation Period

09/01/20 Tue - 10/27/20 Tue noon (JST)

(Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted)

Interview Schedule

Date:Late-November or Early-December 2020 (tentative) *To be conducted on an as-needed basis
Venue:Japan Agency for Medical Research (AMED) (Yomiuri Shimbun Bldg. 1-7-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004 Japan) (tentative)

  • In principle, notification of a hearing will be issued by email to the PM of the relevant theme at least one week in advance.
  • The schedule is subject to change due to the current situation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and depending on the status of screening and other factors. Any changes will be posted on our website.

Public invitation briefing

From the perspective of preventing the further spread of new coronaviruses(COVID-19).we will not hold the explanatory meeting of this public call. Please watch the video materials related to the public call instead of the explanatory meeting.

How to Apply

Please apply as described in the open application guidelines.
In order to apply for this grant, the principal investigator and other members of the research team must be registered on e-Rad with their organizations’ names.
Please allow at least two weeks for the registration process, as it may take some time to complete.


Project Manager Application Guidelines, Proposal Form

  • Application Guidelines
  • Appendix 1 - Appendix 6
    Appendix 1: The basic approach for the Moonshot Research and Development Program
    Appendix 2: Guidelines for Operation and Evaluation of the Moonshot R&D Program
    Appendix 3: Moonshot goal of health & medical field
    Appendix 4: Moonshot Goal #7
    Appendix 5: R&D concepts
    Appendix 6: Supplementary information from the PD
  • Proposal form (Reference)


Last updated 09/07/20