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
  Issue Overview
  Innovative combustion technology Through the cultivation of world-class internal-combustion researchers and the establishment of an organization for collaboration between industry and academia, develop innovative combustion technologies with a maximum thermal efficiency of 50% (approximately 40% at present) to conserve energy, reduce CO2 emissions, and maintain and improve the competitiveness of the Japanese automobile industry.
  Next-generation power electronics Improve the performance of power electronics focusing on SiC, GaN, and other next-generation materials, expand their applications and broaden their dissemination in order to promote energy conservation and increase industrial competitiveness
  Innovative structural materials Develop revolutionary new materials that are lightweight and have excellent thermal resistance, environmental resistance, etc., and accelerate their experimental application in aircraft, etc., in order to help conserve energy and reduce CO2 emissions, while maintaining and increasing the competitiveness of Japan's parts and materials industry
  Energy carriers Build a clean and economical society with a high security level through the use of electricity, hydrogen, etc., from renewable energy and other sources, and communicate this achievement to the rest of the world
  Next-generation technologies for ocean resource exploration Be the first in the world to develop technologies for the highly efficient exploration of ocean resources, including seafloor hydrothermal deposits that contain rare metals, cobalt-rich crusts, and other resources, in order to help supplement limited resources and create ocean resource exploration industries
  Automated driving systems Develop new transport systems that include self-driving vehicles (automated driving) in order to decisively reduce accidents and congestion and dramatically improve transport convenience
  Infrastructure Maintenance, Renewal, and Management
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In the face of concerns about the potential for serious accidents due to aging infrastructure and the lack of sufficient funds for maintenance, improve maintenance standards to encourage low-cost preventive maintenance, create a market for ongoing maintenance, and promote overseas deployment
  Enhancement of societal resiliency against natural disasters Build a system for real-time sharing of disaster information through public and private sector cooperation in preparation for major earthquakes, tsunami, torrential rains, tornados, and other natural disasters, in order to improve disaster prevention and mitigation capabilities
  Technologies for creating next- generation agriculture, forestry and fisheries Develop innovative production systems, new varieties of plants, ways to protect plants, and new functions that are integrated with innovations in agricultural policy in order to create new agricultural jobs, increase the income of farms and farming communities, improve the quality of life, expand related industries, and help to resolve the problem of global food security
  Innovative design/manufacturing technologies Utilize the ideas and expertise of local companies and individuals to establish new manufacturing methods that overcome temporal and geographic restrictions in order to improve regional competitiveness