What is SIP?
The Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) is a Japanese project led by the Cabinet Office's Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. The project was founded to promote scientific and technical innovation through management that extends beyond the boundaries of existing fields and government departments, ministries and agencies. The project will tackle ten major global issues that are also social issues of truly critical importance to the Japanese people and issues that can help to revitalize the Japanese economy. Each issue will have a Program Director (PD) who will exercise firm leadership and play a central role in promoting collaboration among industry, academia, and government, as well as pursue comprehensive research and development that takes into consideration the entire process from basic research through practical application and commercial development. SIP will provide a powerful impetus to the scientific and technical innovation that is the driving force behind economic growth and dramatic change in society.
Background to Establishment
Scientific and technical innovation are essential for revitalizing the Japanese economy and achieving sustainable economic growth. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister and the ministers in charge of science and technology policy, the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation plans and coordinates policy for basic and comprehensive science, technology, and innovation based on a broad perspective of science and technology in Japan. The Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) was established as part of this effort with the aim of strengthening the management functions (headquarter's functions) of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. It is designed to be one of the three main pillars of policy along with the Strategic Formulation of Overall Governmental Science and Technology Budget program and the Innovative Research and Development Promotion Program (ImPACT) program.
List of Issues