Established in 2014, the Toyota Mobility Foundation was setup to support mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. To that end, the foundation has launched a research program to drive development of what it calls the ‘hydrogen society’, a set of communities with sophisticated, integrated, green-energy networks powered by mini-hydrogen plants for a hydrogen distribution system.

The Toyota Mobility Foundation is seeking projects which demonstrate progress and practical results in reducing carbon dioxide emissions as well as the cost of hydrogen by 2030, and will focus on attracting young researchers towards participation in the programme for the longevity of the project, the company said.

The screening method for applicants, according to Toyota, is a “comprehensive evaluation of proposals’ originality and viability by a screening panel of hydrogen and energy experts from universities and public-sector research organizations.”

A five-year time frame has been laid out for the programme. In its beginning, proposals will be solicited from universities and public-sector research institutions throughout Japan, after which, the programme will open applications from universities and public-sector research institutions worldwide (outside Japan).

Sectors targeted for this project naturally revolve around hydrogen, specifically for hydrogen generation, storage and transport, application, as well as energy systems, and the funding is for a period of between one to three years, depending on the proposal.

To help the fuel cell end of things along, Toyota has already made the hydrogen fuel cell patents in its Mirai fuel-cell car royalty-free until 2020. “By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically,” said Bob Carter, senior VP of automotive operations at Toyota USA.

GALLERY: Toyota Mirai