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+Weekly News Articles Picked by the SciREX Center and CRDS : March 25-April 2, 2021

This page is for STI policy news articles collected by the SciREX Center and the Center for R&D Strategies (CRDS) on weekly basis to be of help to those involved in STI policymaking activities.

JAPAN : JST
6th Goal (quantum computer) of the Moonshot R&D Program will have an international symposium

https://www.jst.go.jp/moonshot/en/news/20210423.html
The Moonshot R&D Program has 7 ambitious research goals to be achieved by 2050. The 6th Goal, led by Dr. KITAGAWA Masahiro, will have an online international symposium on April 23, 2021 from 08:00-11:30 at Japan Standard Time. The project aims to realize "a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will transform economy, industry, and security by 2050," focusing on quantum hardware, quantum communication interfaces, and theory and software.

JAPAN : Cabinet Office
6th Basic STI Plan (JFY2021-2025) Approved
https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/kakugi/2021/kakugi-2021032601.html
https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/kihonkeikaku/index6.html
The 6th Basic Plan for Japan's Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy that covers 5 years (JFY2021-2025) and was drafted by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) has been Cabinet-approved. The points of the Plan are Response to COVID-19, Strengthening of Innovation, Research Capabilities, and Education and Human Resources Development, and the Government R&D investment goal of 30 trillion yen and all-Japan R&D investment 120 trillion yen per 5 years. In 2020 the CSTI modified the S&T Basic Law that was enacted in 1995 to include "Innovation" and "Human Literature and Social Sciences" and renamed it as STI Basic Law.

JAPAN : Cabinet Office
Official Launch of the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/kihonkeikaku/index6.html
Based on the modification of the STI Basic Law that includes establishment of the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy in the Cabinet Office, the Secretariat was officially launched on April 1, 2021. Adding the Secretariat of Health and Medical Policy that used to be under the Cabinet Secretariat, the Cabinet Office now covers STI, Health and Medical, Intellectual Property, Space and Marine policies.

JAPAN : RIKEN
Headquarters of Japan's Quantum Computer Research Centers Established at RIKEN

https://rqc.riken.jp/en/

JAPAN : NEDO
Ready to Accelerate Green Innovation

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101419.html
As of April 1 (New Fiscal Year) New Energy Development Organization (NEDO), funding agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), newly established "Green Innovation Fund Office," "Smart Community Energy System Department," "Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Office," "Moonshot R&D Project Office," "Human Resources Development Office," and "Strategy Architect (SA)" that manages specific technology areas with outstanding skills to be ready to accelerate Green Innovation.

UK : Gov.UK
Over £30 million government investment to boost batteries and hydrogen vehicles

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/over-30-million-government-investment-to-boost-batteries-and-hydrogen-vehicles

UK : GOV.UK
Third of UK's biggest companies commit to net zero

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/third-of-uks-biggest-companies-commit-to-net-zero

UK : GOV.UK
Fusion research partnership agreed between UKAEA and The University of Manchester

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fusion-research-partnership-agreed-between-ukaea-and-the-university-of-manchester

Germany : BMBF
International Research Cooperation on Hydrogen Research
https://www.bmbf.de/en/international-research-cooperations-on-green-hydrogen-14113.html

USA : DOE
DOE Announces Goal to Cut Solar Costs by More than Half by 2030

https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-goal-cut-solar-costs-more-half-2030

USA : DOE
Energy Secretary Granholm Announces Ambitious New 30GW Offshore Wind Deployment Target by 2030

https://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-secretary-granholm-announces-ambitious-new-30gw-offshore-wind-deployment-target

EU : European Commision
Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1344

EU : European Commission
Erasmus+ over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1326

EU : European Commission
European Green Deal: Commission presents actions to boost organic production

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1275

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