About e-Rad

About this system

The Cross-Ministerial Research and Development Management System (e-Rad) is a cross-ministerial system enabling online management of research and development processes (acceptance of applications, screening, adoption, management of accepted projects, results reports, etc.) for the Competitive Research Funding System run by Japanese ministries and agencies and other funding systems.

Creation of the system

In July 2003, the e-Government Construction Plan was established to optimize Japanese ministries' and agencies' operations and systems with the aim of further increasing cost-effectiveness and using human and non-human resources efficiently to simplify and streamline Japan's administrative functions for a simple and efficient government.

In February 2004, the Japanese government focused on operations and systems for research and development management among the operations and systems of some related ministries and agencies, with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) heading the project. Spearheaded by MEXT, the Plan for Optimization of Operations and Systems for Research and Development Management was established in March 2006 to create a system with functions such as the conversion of research and development management documents to online information.

Plans such as the 3rd Basic Science and Technology Plan (decided on at a cabinet meeting on March 28, 2006) and the 2008 Policy for Allocation of Budget and Other Resources for Science and Technology (decided at a meeting of the Council for Science and Technology on June 14, 2007) also highlighted a need to create this system to improve the efficiency of operations and eliminate unwarranted duplication and overconcentration through the sharing of information between research funding systems and management of researcher details.

There had also been a renewed awareness of the importance of concentrated investment in waste-free research activities, prompting a call for early checking for duplication. It was determined that a system needed to be developed as soon as possible and the development schedule was dramatically shortened, moving the launch of the system forward from 2009 to January 2008.

  • *Abbreviations of the Cross-Ministerial Research and Development Management System
    The "e" in "e-Rad" stands for "electronic" and "Rad" stands for "Research and development".

Information on funding programs

Informaton on funding programs
Search for applications period, infomation on funding programs, provision of forms, etc.
Registration of research institutions
Registration, modification and deletion of researchers' affiliated institutions
Registration of researchers
Registration and deletion of researchers and issuing of researcher numbers
Acceptance of application details, approval of affiliated research institutions and sending to and acceptance from funding agencies
Adoption and grants
Registration of results of adopted projects (including costs of adopted projects)
Results reports
Submission of research results and financial results

Effects of the system

Improved accountability for government investment in research and development

Council for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Assessment of how research costs are being used in the execution stage of research
  • Promotion of evidence-based policy making (EBPM) for science, technology and innovation
Funding agencies
Ministries and independent administrative agencies, etc.
  • Assessment how research and development costs are being used in the execution of each research project
  • Checking for unwarranted duplication and overconcentration
  • Efficient screening and adoption procedures through online applications
  • Provision of information to researchers
Research institutions
  • Assessment of research activities of affiliated researchers
  • Prevention of inappropriate spending through transparent management of research costs
  • Effective fund injection
  • It is promoted efficiency of the acceleration of the procedure by online application, report
  • Efficient searching for Competitive Research Funding that the researcher is eligible for
Database for management and publishing of researcher details
More efficient work through linking with external systems