The Nippon Foundation
Ocean Innovation Consortium


 In the speech by then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the grand opening ceremony for special events in commemoration of the 20th Marine Day,on July 20th, 2015, the launch of “Project to Cultivate Marine Pioneers of the Future” was announced. Here, a consortium made by government, industry, and academia will undertake various human capacity building activities leading to a fivefold increase in the number of engineers engaged in marine resource development in Japan to 10,000 engineers by 2030.
 On the 4th of October 2016, the "Ocean Innovation Consortium" officially started its activities. The Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium,as an All-Japan initiative for the strategic development of the offshore industry, is dedicated to training future generations of ocean engineers and to expanding awareness about the importance and potential of marine energy resources.


Capacity Building

For Students

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    Seminars designed to convey the attractions of offshore industries

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    Field experience seminars to learn about the technology of offshore development

    Field Experience Seminar for Students(aboard the deep sea drilling vessel“Chikyu” , JAMSTEC)

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    Bespoke summer schools at universities overseas and internships in overseas companies

    Offshore Engineering Summer School(Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland)

    Offshore Engineering Summer School(Norwegian University of Science and Technology,Trondheim, Norway)

    Offshore Engineering Summer School with Focus on Offshore Oil & Gas Development(Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA)

Offshore Engineering Summer School with Focus on Offshore WindDevelopment
(DoB-Academy and TU-Delft, Delft, the Netherlands)

For Young Professionals

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    Seminars designed to convey the latest technological trends in offshore industries

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    Field experience seminars overseas

    Field Experience Seminar for Young Professionals(Schlumberger Middle East Learning Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Joint R&D

 With major growth forecasts for ocean development, including offshore renewable energy as well as offshore oil and natural gas, the project seeks to train technicians who will drive this growth.
In recent years, The Nippon Foundation has been promoting innovation in technological development as well as human resource training in the field of ocean development.
 This technological development includes grant programs for technological development in cooperation with organizations in Scotland, the United States, and Norway.


The Nippon Foundation aims to play a full role as a facilitator, in collaboration with ConsortiumMembers and other stakeholders as well as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.As of July 22nd, 2021, the Consortium is partnered with over 55 organizations. 22 companies, 28 universities, 4 national research institutes, and 1 non-profit organization. For more information,please visit

List of Consortium Members