TOKYO, JPN - March 14, 2023 – The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) is calling for applications to the "Mobility for ALL―Bringing the Potential of Mobility to Everyone" category of its Make a Move Project, a contest aiming to realize the practical implementation of innovations and solutions in society.
The contest, which started in 2022, focuses on motorsports and has been calling for ideas and solutions that will enable everyone, regardless of ability, to comfortably enjoy watching motorsports and traveling to the venues where they are held.
In 2023, the eight teams of finalists selected last year will be joined by new teams participating from this year, further expanding the community of teams competing with and helping each other.
Teams that pass the first round of screening will be awarded a grant of up to 20 million yen (approximately CDN $200,000) to conduct verification tests at the Super Taikyu race to be held at Mobility Resort Motegi on September 2-3, 2023. To have more people participate and work together on the project, this year's verification testing will be conducted not only by the teams but also by people living with disabilities and outside experts.
Additionally, TMF plans to provide further support funds to the teams selected in the final screening to allow them to work towards the societal implementation of their ideas.
Open Call Themes
Mobility for ALL―Bringing the Potential of Mobility to Everyone
March 1 - March 31, 2023 (Until 11:59 p.m., JST)
How can everyone enjoy watching races, regardless of whether or not they live with a disability?
Support of up to 20 million yen ( approximately CDN $200,000) for selected projects (the total amount available is 200 million yen / CDN $2,000,000).
Support will be increased from the amount received at the initial screening for projects selected after verification testing at Mobility Resort Motegi on September 2-3.
How to apply
Individuals and organizations (both for-profit and non-profit) from Japan and overseas who agree with the concepts of the contest and can pursue its activities together.
To encourage the generation of new ideas, TMF released a video of people with visual, hearing, and physical disabilities sharing their thoughts and feelings about the circuit venue. (https://youtu.be/BnZfkrw5DWY)
Reference: 2022 contest overview (https://mobility-contest.jp/department1/)
Since its founding, the Toyota Motor Corporation has conducted its business activities with the aim of creating a prosperous society through automobiles while respecting all stakeholders, including customers, business partners, employees, and the local communities in which it operates. Accordingly, TMF was established in August 2014 to conduct activities that benefit the public good.
Aiming to realize a society in which everyone can move about freely, TMF is working to solve mobility issues around the world through a diverse range of projects. Going forward, the Toyota Group, working in co-operation with various partners and utilizing the technologies and knowhow it has cultivated through its business activities, will continue to promote undertakings that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while contributing to the realization of a society where people can lead rich and fulfilling lives.