INNO Generation Award

In the ICT field, awards are given for:
・Small, interesting, and as-of-yet unimagined ideas.
・Cutting edge technologies, even without knowing the best way to utilize them.
・Discoveries you wish to make reality.
and more!

Discovering people and businesses that can help with your small, everyday ideas or your peculiar technology in new and unexpected ways, may be the first step in changing the world.

Open Worldwide. All Nationalities.
All Ages. All Backgrounds.

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Generation Award Application Guidelines

Excerpts taken from the Generation Award 2021 Application Guidelines.

Please be sure to read the 2021 Application Guidelines carefully before applying.
We ask that you fully comprehend the points to keep in mind when applying before submitting your application.
Matters of Attention

Below is an excerpt taken from pages 6 and 7.

Figure 1: Application flow
Figure 1: Application flow

Applicant Requirements

・All ages. Those on Earth with a contact address (citizenship or residency will not be taken into account).
・In the case of self-application: Individuals or groups
・In the case of third party recommendations*: A person or group who you know personally and wish to nominate on their behalf

*For privacy reasons, the third party’s identity will not be revealed to those who have been nominated by said third party
It is possible to simultaneously apply to both the Disruptive Challenge and the Generation Award.

Application Period

From 12:00PM JST (3:00AM GMT) Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 to 6:00PM JST (9:00AM GMT) Monday, August 2nd, 2021.

Application Process (How to apply)

Please apply via the application form on the official website.

*Please enter your information to the form as stated in the application’s procedure.
*Additional materials and/or prototypes will be accepted via submission through the application form on the official website and/or mail to the executing agency.
Please note, additional materials will not be accepted through in-person delivery to the executing agency.
*For items sent via post, those with a postmark prior to the submission deadline date will be accepted. Please note, as a general rule, submitted documents will not be returned.
*It is also possible to apply through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) in the Generation Award.

Below is an excerpt taken from pages 14 to 16.

1 Objective

Call for your small ideas, techniques, and discoveries that have the potential to take a leap forward in unexpected ways as evaluated by our cooperative partners.
We are accepting applications in the ICT field for:
・A small but interesting idea that nobody has conceived before
・Cutting edge technologies, even without knowing the best way to utilize them
・Discoveries you wish to make reality
 Please be sure to confirm section "V: Matters of Attention" before continuing with the application.

2 Applicant

・All ages. Those on Earth with a contact address (citizenship or residency will not be taken into account).
・In the case of self-application: Individuals or groups
・In the case of third party recommendations*: A person or group who you know personally and wish to nominate on their behalf

*For privacy reasons, the third party’s identity will not be revealed to those who have been nominated by said third party
*It is possible to simultaneously apply to both the Disruptive Challenge and the Generation Award.

3 Implementation Schedule

Screening by our Cooperative Partners

Late August-mid September 2021

otification of Nomination

Late September-early October 2021 (scheduled)

Award Ceremony and Matching Event with our Cooperative Partners

Late October 2021(scheduled)

*All scheduled dates are subject to change. Please check the official website for further details.

4 Award

The nominees for the Generation Award will be selected from the submitted proposals. Recipients of the Generation Award will be selected from these nominees. In addition, corporate prizes may be awarded to any proposal that the cooperative partners wish to support.

Category Awards
Awards will be provided for the ideas/technologies/inventions that supersede the "five senses of animals" or the "four dimensions of space and time".

Examples of these unorthodox awards are as follows:
"Isn't this awesome!?", "Check out my discovery!", "I made this!", “Unexpected, isn't it?", "Super convenient!", "Dishing out the flavor", "Conveying a fresh, new way to see!", "Conveying a fresh, new way to hear!", "Bringing in the fun!", "Sending a message through smell!", "Sending a message through emotions!", "I made it this small/light!", "Opening up the new era into space!", "Truly connecting with anyone, anywhere, at any time while remaining safe and properly distanced," etc.
We eagerly await your unbound, unconventional ideas!

Those who are selected for a category award will also be awarded an additional ¥200,000 (two-hundred thousand Japanese Yen) as a congratulatory gift. Furthermore, those selected for corporate prizes may also be awarded a personal congratulatory gift.

5 Application Details

To apply, please use the form accessible from the official website. Please ensure that you provide all the following information:
Official website: https://www.inno.go.jp/en/
・Proposal title (up to 100 characters)
・Summary of the proposal (up to 1200 characters if written, videos, products, etc.)
・Supplementary documentation, prototypes, and other supporting materials may be submitted as part of your application (optional).

*Supplementary documentation, prototypes, and other supporting documents can be submitted as part of the application either by attaching such material to the online application form or by mail to the executing agency of the program. Additional materials will not be accepted through in-person delivery to the executing agency.
* Items delivered by post will be accepted provided they have been postmarked prior to the deadline or are marked as having been received by the courier prior to the deadline. Please note, as a general rule, submitted documents will not be returned.

6 Applying via Social Media

You may send your application via Facebook, Instagram, LINE, and Twitter. For applications using Social Media, please do so via the following URLs:

Facebook
Please apply through Facebook Messenger.
https://www.facebook.com/innovationprojecten/
Instagram
Please follow the following account and apply via Direct Message.
https://www.instagram.com/inno_project_en/
Twitter
Please follow the following account and apply via Direct Message.
https://twitter.com/inno_project_en

7 Matching with our Cooperative Partners

In the event that our cooperative partners discover a matching proposal during the Generation Award screening process, their requests will be notified to the executing agency following the screening process. Following this process, the executing agency will contact the applicant, and if the applicant so desires, matching between the company and the applicant will be arranged.

8 Selection and Announcement of Results

Following the confirmation of the format by the executing agency, the screening shall be implemented by our INNO-vation Program Cooperative Partners. The evaluation will be based solely on the contents of the proposal (gender, age, background, and accomplishments will not be considered). Method of application (Application form or through social media) will also have no impact on evaluation.
The name, residing prefecture (or residence), and proposal title of the nominees and award winners shall be announced via the official website following the screening process.
Any applicants who have not passed the screening process shall not be notified.

Below is an excerpt taken from page 17.

Ⅳ Handling of Personal Information

“Personal Information” refers to addresses, names, telephone numbers, email addresses, or any other information that can be identified as a specific individual (or easily compared with other information to identify an individual).
Any personal information received and handled at the time of the application will be handled in accordance with the “Personal Information Protection Policy” of KADOKAWA ASCII Research Laboratories, Inc.

(1) Purpose and use of submitted personal information.
a. For notification of passing and selection into the program.
b. For confirmation of inquiries and subsequent communication.
c. For contact in any events related to this program.

(2) b. Management of personal information provided at the time of application.
a. Strict security measures will be implemented in order to prevent any unauthorized access, loss, leaks, tampering, etc. of information.
b. At the time of inputting any personal information, data encryption technology is used in order to protect this information during communication.
c. Personal information acquired by the executing agency throughout the application will not be used for any other purpose without prior consent unless required by law.

Inquiries about personal information handling; complaints/consultation desk
For matters related to the disclosure, correction, suspension of use, etc. of personal information, please contact the following:
Company name: KADOKAWA ASCII Research Laboratories, Inc.
Address : 2F, KS Building, 1-17-8 Nishikata, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0024, Japan
Telephone: +81(0)3-5840-7800 (Japan), FAX: +81(0)3-5840-7812
Email Address: info[at]lab-kadokawa.com (Please replace [at] with @)
The person in charge of personal information: Eiji Yoshikawa

The “Personal Information Protection Policy” of the executing agency is disclosed below:
URL:https://www.lab-kadokawa.com/privacy/en/

Below is an excerpt taken from pages 18 and 23.

Ⅴ Matters of Attention (Please Read)

1. Regarding the Handling of Contracts and Intellectual Property Rights

 The handling of contracts and intellectual property rights within the INNO-vation program is as written below.

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To successfully apply for the Generation Award, applicants must meet the following requirements.

a. According to Security Export Control*, in order to handle technology leaks overseas, there must be no concerns with the following points:
・The applicant is not on the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) End User List.
・The applicant is in agreement with the multilateral export control regime.
・The applicant can conduct activities in accordance with Security Export Control's Sensitive Technology Guidance.
・The applicant must behave in a just and ethical manner, be credible in society and must not oppose market economy rules or have compromised freedom.
(Reference)
Security Export Control (part of the multilateral export control regime)
https://www.meti.go.jp/policy/anpo/link.html
METI Overseas Trade Control End User List
https://www.meti.go.jp/policy/anpo/2_0514.pdf
Security Export Control's Sensitive Technology Guidance
https://www.meti.go.jp/policy/anpo/law_document/tutatu/t07sonota/t07sonota_jishukanri03.pdf
b. The applicant must not be the developer of any weapon of mass destruction (WMD) or a member of a terrorist organization. Applicants must take proper precautions not to develop anything that could be converted for military use, in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act.
c. The applicant must not be a member of any criminal organization or take part in activities with criminal organizations.
d. So that cooperating businesses may fully provide support, all patents and intellectual property is designated to belong to the developer.
e. Since the application contents are to be disclosed to our cooperative partners, it is strongly recommended to not apply in the event that the applicant wishes to keep their contents confidential.

*The Security Export Control refers to regulations concerning weapons, military-grade equipment, technology and/or intellectual property rights that may be used by nations or terrorists to cause harm to the national security of Japan.

2. After Application
a. Awarded proposals will be revoked if discovered to not be in compliance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act.
b. If the applicant who has passed the screening committee is a minor (under 20 years old), he/she must fulfil a contract with their legal guardian. If an arrangement is required with the legal guardian for obtaining such consent, the executing agency of this program will provide support.

2. Confidentiality

Applicants in all sections of the INNO-vation Program must be aware of responsibilities regarding confidentiality.

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1. Confidentiality of Proposal Contents until Selection of the Generation Award
Excluding details outlined in "Ⅲ 8 Selection and Announcement of Results", we will not disclose any information regarding the proposals, including evaluation-related information.
2. Confidentiality Requirements for those who Pass the Screening Process
Under no circumstances are successful applicants allowed to disclose or leak any confidential information obtained through this program, nor are they allowed to use this gathered information for any reason other than this program.

3. Regarding the Protection of Human Rights and Compliance with Laws and Regulations

Upon application into the INNO-vation Program, the applying party's agreement and cooperation must be given toward the handling of personal information, bioethics and general safety. There may be additional legal procedures necessary, including procedures involving domestic and foreign ethics committees. In these instances, please promptly consult with the executing agency and comply with applicable procedures. In the event that any activities or implementation will be conducted in or with an organization outside of Japan, please confirm the laws and regulations of the respective country prior to any activity. Please consult with the executing agency's attorney to resolve any unclear items.
Particularly with life science research, laws and regulations may have been amended amongst various ministries, so please make sure to confirm the latest version of the law. If any activities are found not to be in compliance with any law or regulation, the selection results may be invalidated.
Please refer to the bioethical and safety security measures as set forth by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) at the website below.
LifeSciences Plaza, "Ethics and Safety Initiatives".
http://www.lifescience.mext.go.jp/bioethics/index.html (Japanese only)
If the applicant's proposal requires consent/cooperation of other parties, it is important to ensure that appropriate measures for the protection of human rights are taken, i.e., do not engage in unethical behaviors.

4. Requirements for Passing Selection in Each Department

The essential conditions for passing the selection of each department are as follows.

General Matters
・ If an interview is to be scheduled after the screening process or after receiving an award, the applicants must be able to attend. In such cases, the transportation costs shall be covered by the executing agency of this program.
・If an interview is to be scheduled as part of the screening processes of each department, the applicants must be willing to attend meetings related to this program.
・If an applicant is affiliated with an organization, such as a corporation, written consent from the affiliated organization must be submitted after passing the screening committee or receiving an award. If an arrangement is required with the affiliated organization for the submission of a document of consent, the executing agency of this program will provide support.
・In the event you are selected as a nominee, challenger, or award winner, you agree to your name (or nickname), residing location, and proposal title being announced on the official website.

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・Must be the originator or the originating group of the proposal.
・Rights regarding the application contents (including additional reference materials) shall be managed as they belong to the applicant or originator. However, due to the possibility of our cooperative partners considering and/or researching similar ideas, technologies, or proposals, if the applicant prefers their content to be absolutely confidential it is recommended to avoid applying.

5. Points to Note Regarding Selection, etc.

General Matters
1. Regarding the Originality of the Contents of the Application
For the entire period of this program, it is strictly forbidden to plagiarize or infringe upon the ideas or intellectual property of third parties. Applicants must be aware, from the beginning of the application process, of the need to be duly vigilant with regard to any plagiarism and infringement of the ideas and intellectual property of third parties.

2. Handling of Malpractice
“Malpractice”, as defined by this program, refers to any and all acts that infringe upon general laws and regulations. For example, using goods supplied for the purpose of the technical proposal for any other purpose than the stated technical proposal would constitute malpractice.
This program forms part of the competitive funding system operated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. Measures for dealing with malpractice are disclosed in the “Policy regarding the Appropriate Implementation of Competitive Funding”. Applicants must read and understand this policy prior to submitting any application.
[Reference] Policy regarding the Appropriate Implementation of Competitive Funding
https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/compefund/shishin1.pdf

3. Obligation to Participate in Follow-up Inquiries
In order to continuously improve the program for the future, we shall implement inquiries on the status and situation of the applicants who have passed the screening process (at the point of the program and approximately 10 years later). Applicants who pass the screening are expected to cooperate with these inquiries.
In addition, Award winners will be surveyed following commendation. We kindly request that these winners participate in follow-up inquiries.

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1. Award Implementation
・The executing agency will not disclose personal information without the permission of the applicant.
・Applicants cannot directly or indirectly negotiate (such as through the executing agency) with cooperating companies through this program
・After selecting the Generation Award, the Cooperative Partners may continue to review the proposals even after the award announcement.

Note on Translated Documents

If an issue should arise as a result of this document, all rules and regulations shall abide by the original Japanese document and in the event of any discrepancies the Japanese document shall take precedence.

Open Worldwide. All Nationalities.
All Ages. All Backgrounds.

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Application Deadline 08/02/2021 9:00AM GMT

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