The Gottfried Wagener Prize is awarded for application-oriented innovative research in four categories, each carrying a cash value of ¥2.5 million:

Digitalization and Mobility
Life Sciences

Some suggested fields of research and examples are shown below. Some research fields appear in more than one category. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list - research into other technologies within these categories may be considered.

Bio-based materials
Functional materials (e.g. electronics, optics, semiconductors, battery materials, fuel cell materials, magnets, ceramics, catalysts, flexible electronics)
Structural materials (high-strength/lightweight)
Innovative chemical and material processes
Nanotechnology (nanomaterials 0D, 1D, 2D)
Materials for variable/wearable devices

Digitalization and Mobility
Robotics / collaborative robots
Cyber-physical systems
Human machine interface
Internet of Things
Big data
3D printing / additive manufacturing
Clean vehicles (alternative drive systems, electric and hybrid vehicle, battery systems, fuel cell systems, new materials for weight reduction, reduced CO2 emission)
Engine efficiency and development; combustion, powertrain, new lubricants
Vehicle-related ICT (connected vehicles, intelligent transport system, infrastructure monitoring, vehicle operating system, software)
Autonomous driving
Mobile robots, drones, artificial intelligence, sensors, simulation methods
Digital and Robotics Solutions in Farming
Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH)

Renewable energy
Energy conversion and storage
Hydrogen and fuel cells
Power electronics
ICT for energy management

Life Sciences
Medical technologies
Medical equipment and diagnostics
Consumer health / Consumer care
Animal health

The submission may be the result of an ongoing research or work completed within the past two years. Applicants must be affiliated to a research institute or university in Japan and be under 46 years of age.