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Joint Research Program

This is a program in which the university and corporations, conduct joint research sharing issues on equal footing. Outstanding research results can be anticipated. It is implemented in the following two formats depending on the research site.
Please contact below offices for joint research, partnership and collaborative research.
For Matching
Cooperative Research Division: IGA Collaboration Support Office
[ E-mail ] k-sangaku@ad.naist.jp
[ TEL ] 0743-72-5930
For Joint research
Cooperative Research Division: Research Support Office
[ E-mail ] k-kikaku@ad.naist.jp
[ TEL ] 0743-72-5073

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Joint research at the university (format 1: “integrated” type)

The university accepts researchers and direct expenses from corporations (corporations may also bring in their own research facilities or equipment) and research in shared issues is conducted jointly by university faculty and researchers from corporations.

Joint research by the university and private sector corporations, etc. (format 2: “assignment” type)

The university accepts researchers and direct expenses (corporations may also bring in their own research facilities or equipment) or, alternatively, direct expenses only and research is conducted in shared issues assigned to the university and to corporations, etc. These are divided further into the following two types depending on the liability for expenses.
Category Format Joint researcher research fee Direct expenses
Those involving the acceptance of researchers and direct expenses or, alternatively, direct expenses only from corporations, etc. 1
2 ◯ or ×
Those involving the acceptance of researchers only from corporations, etc. 1 ×
Note 1: ○: liable, x: not liable
Note 2: Joint researcher research fee: There is a charge of ¥420,000 yearly per researcher if dispatched to the university
Note 3: Direct expenses: Direct expenses include required gratuities, travel expenses, expendable supply expenses, equipment purchase expenses and management expenses (utilities, etc.) for the implementation of joint research

Policy

Acceptance of joint research

We accept joint research partnership if there is no obstacle to the university research and education and meaningful to the university research and education.

Expense

  • Expenses for joint research and direct expenses should be paid within a specified period of time.
  • The university accepts researchers, direct expenses and own research facilities or equipment.
  • There is a charge of ¥420,000 yearly per researcher if dispatched to the university in addition to the joint research expense.
  • Overhead expense will be 10% from both direct expenses and joint research expense.

* Direct expenses: Direct expenses include required gratuities, travel expenses, expendable supply expenses, equipment purchase expenses and management expenses (utilities, etc.) for the implementation of joint research

Attribution of rights, Patent application and Exclusive negotiation

  • They are normally shared by the university and the partner corporation.
  • They are normally shared by the university and the partner corporation, etc..
    However, any unique inventions created by the university or partner corporation, etc., remain the sole property of the inventing party.
  • In the case of joint patents, the partner corporation, etc., selects the acquisition of exclusive negotiating rights at the time of patent application. Exclusive negotiating rights refer to rights that enable selection of exclusive or nonexclusive execution of the relevant patent for a period of three years from the application date. During that time, the university may not engage in negotiations involving the relevant patent with any other company.

    1.If exclusive negotiation rights are acquired:
    The research partner bears all costs including application fees.

    i) If exclusive license is selected: Jointly-owned patent can be used exclusively by the research partner. However, upon selection of this option, the partner is required to enter into a license agreement and pay the license fee in whole or in part.
    ii) If non-exclusive license is selected: The usage of the jointly-owned patent will be non-exclusive, and the research partner is not required to pay the license fee. However, the university has the right to independently license a third party to use the patent.

    2.If exclusive negotiation rights are not acquired
    Application fees and other costs will be born according to each party’s share of the patent. However, upon patent licensing, the research partner is required to pay the license fee.
    • After due consultation, the university and the research partner may license a third party to use the patent, with the exception of 1 (ii) above. License fees obtained from a third party will be distributed to the university and the research partner according to their respective share of the patent.

Flow chart of Joint Research procedure

If the total amount of research expenses has been finalized, it is possible to establish a research contract that covers multiple years.

Reference: Joint Research Program

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