The below list refers to the 2nd slot 2020 - (October 2020 to March 2021 session). 

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Analysis of the role of Japanese industrial associations in influencing standards, regulations and business practices

Work to do:

- Gain a better insight in how Japanese industry associations operate with respect to standards, regulations and other business practices in Japan

- Assess to what extent it is relevant for EU SMEs to become member of associations in the following sectors of priority: digital economy, circular economy, food and beverage, space.


Analysis of digital transformation among Japanese SMEs and lessons learned for the European Industry.

Work to do:

Assess how Japanese small and medium enterprises are coping with the challenge of transformation of their business models and structure induced by adoption of new digital technologies. What actions are initiated by policymakers and public institutions to facilitate those changes? Survey successful Japanese digital transformation strategies, technology induced innovations and analyze the lessons learned that could help European SMEs better prepare for this challenge.



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

Work to do:

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 and written surveys 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.



Analysis and profiling of certification-related specialized consultants and notified bodies based in Japan.

Context: in light of the recently signed EU-Japan EPA, notified bodies play an increasingly important role in helping firms and SMEs with various certification procedures, which are important steps when introducing technologies on both the Japanese and EU markets.

Work to do: the purpose of the research will be to analyze and precisely describe the areas of competence of various notified bodies in Japan which operate in delivering technical certification and approvals for imported products and technologies, in order to better support EU SMEs with their inquiries related to market entry in Japan (and vice versa, on inquiries from Japanese SMEs related to market entry in the EU). Since this topic is connected to the inquiries received in the Enterprise Europe Network Japan (EEN Japan, see the selected candidate will work closely with the EEN Japan team based in Tokyo.



Note 1: COSME countries refer to the EU 28 Members States plus the following list



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