German Innovation Award

As a locus of innovation, Japan bears particular significance for German business and science. The AHK Japan has been organising the "German Innovation Award - Gottfried Wagener Prize" in cooperation with renowned technologically oriented German companies, which recognises and encourages young and promising Japanese scientists. The German Innovation Award thus also provides a platform for business and technical exchange between Japan and Germany.

The German Innovation Award serves to award innovative, young scientists in specified research areas annually since 2008 and is accompanied by a monetary prize.

The award is aimed at Japanese researchers under the age of 45, who can apply with their research project. So far, more than 60 young scientist out of over 800 applications from more than 100 research institutions and universities have been awarded with the German Innovation Award. The award is contributing to foster innovation by supporting young talents.


What Are the Goals of the German Innovation Award?

The German Innovation Award promotes long-standing networks and partnerships with Japanese research institutes and universities. The German partner companies are committed to intensive information exchange with Japanese science and stronger cooperation in research and development. The German Innovation Award recognises and rewards scientists from the natural science and the engineering fields for their excellent achievements in application-oriented research.

How Are the Winners Chosen?

After experts from the partner companies evaluate the applications submitted, a high-ranking jury made up of leading Japanese scientists selects the prize winners. The chair of the jury is Professor Masuo Aizawa, former member of the Council for Science and Technology in the Cabinet Office and former President of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Who Was Gottfried Wagener?

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The prize is named after the German natural scientist Gottfried Wagener, who taught physics and chemistry at several Japanese universities during the Meiji period at the end of the 19th century. Wagener, one of the founding fathers of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is known in Japan for his practice-oriented research in the field of ceramics and for his involvement in education policy.

Impressions of the Anniversary Celebration 2018



The event report of the German Innovation Award 2018 can be found here:


Press Release

You can download the press release of the German Innovation Award here:

Press release November 01, 2018