The below list refers to the 1st slot, April 2018 - September 2018 session.

The priority topics have a general orientation character on the basis of which the applicants are free to propose more narrow and original topics (industrial/business approaches preferred). The more specific proposals have a better chance of success.

Before deciding the topic to submit, applicants should make sure that it has not yet been covered by former Minerva reports.

Topic Note / details
Horizontal topics

1/ Potential opportunities for EU firms in the Japanese Public Finance Initiatives and Public-Private Partnerships for infrastructure projects (airport management, water infrastructure, etc..).

Ref # : 18-0110

Goal: to identify opportunities for European SMEs in Japan, as the government is accelerating the privatization of management of public infrastructure through PFI and PPP.

Work to do:

1) Provide an overview of recent PPP/PFI developments and trends in Japan,
2) identify important actors in Japan driving PPP/PFI and preferably provide an assessment of their willingness to accept foreign participation in PPP/PFI
3) Development of case studies that might act as an guiding example for SME participants to successfully participate in PPP/PFI projects in Japan.
4) Provision of a concise report summarizing the findings and case studies and a body of knowledge on PPP/PFI that can be integrated into the JTPP HELPDESK website.

Desired MINERVA candidate profile: candidates should ideally have experience and knowledge related to public management and financing structures, preferably knowledgeable about public-private partnerships in Europe. To successfully identify opportunities and actors, conduct interviews and create a network, knowledge of Japanese language is important. For the final report, good command of the English language is necessary.

2/ Analysis of the EU corporate demand for technology transfer opportunities from Japanese SMEs, academia and research organizations.

Ref # : 18-0109

Goal: to help Japanese research organizations and SMEs identify the most appealing technologies for supporting EU companies interested in licensing in technologies from Japan.

Work to preform:

1) Identify, and analyze the main categories of technologies that EU companies are interested in terms of licensing opportunities from potential partners from Japan. This task will require primarily a combination of desk activity, interviews in Japan, and phone interviews with corporate European stakeholders.

2) Support the activities of the existing EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk ( in the organization of seminars, webinars, webcasts, the promotion of licensable technologies, interviews with stakeholders, etc, reporting directly to the Project Manager of the Helpdesk

3) Produce an actionable report with concrete recommendations (for EU and Japanese stakeholders) on licensing/tech transfer opportunities for managers of Japanese organizations (i.e. companies, academia and research organizations) with an interest to license out their technologies to EU corporate partners.

Desired MINERVA candidate profile: the position requires a candidate with a good understanding of technology transfer practices, and innovation processes. The ideal candidate will need to combine strong English language skills with some technology transfer background as well a good communication and presentation skills, in the context of facilitating partnerships between the EU and Japan. Knowledge of the Japanese language would be a strong plus only if spoken at a business level.

Industry-specific topics

1/ Latest aspects on the Regulatory procedures in Japan for innovative medicines and medical devices.

Ref #: 18-0108

No further details

2/ Leather and footwear market in Japan. EPA-related opportunities for EU companies.

Ref #: 18-0107

No further details

3/ Organic sector in Japan – how to change the current regulatory and market setting in order to allow growth of the sector and improved market access and business opportunities for European companies.

Ref #: 18-0106

No further details

4/ Industrial and R&D cooperation potential with Japan in the space and GNSS based navigation and – an Opportunity Analysis for EU SMEs to cooperate with Japan.

Ref # : 18-0105

No further details

5/ Automated driving - trends and developments in Japan; companies and their strategies; trials; issues; European companies in Japan and their activities in the area, future prospects.

Ref # : 18-0104

No further details

6/ Dairy Sector in Japan – market Access and Business Opportunities for European Companies (SMEs in particular).

Ref # : 18-0103

No further details

7/ 3D Printing in Japan – Technological Cooperation and Business Opportunities for European companies (SMEs in particular)

Ref # : 18-0102

No further details

8/ Impact analysis of best practice of social media tools + services in Japan, as a means to better support European SMEs marketing strategies in Japan.

Ref # : 18-0101

No further details

Note 1: an "agreement" is meant to be any form of documented and signed pledge to cooperate, which involves the participation of 2 or more "stakeholders" between the EU and Japan (with at least 1 stakeholder based in Japan), for the specific purpose of coordinating, supporting and promoting cooperation in industry, R&D, innovation and/or technology transfer. Specific cooperation agreements aimed at carrying out joint R&D should be excluded from this definition. Stakeholders can be for example, Clusters, Chambers of Commerce, Municipalities, Industrial and/or Research Associations, as well as Technology Licensing Offices.

Note 2: COSME countries refer to the EU 28 Members States plus the following list (

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