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Collaborative Research

Collaborative research is a type of research in which researchers and research funds are accepted from private companies, etc., to the university to conduct joint or shared research. The major advantage of this system is that it allows the university to effectively utilize its human resources and research and development capabilities. The theme of the joint research is determined based on an application from the private company, etc., and both parties consult with each other to determine a common theme.

Currently, in addition to private companies, joint research is being conducted with other universities and technical colleges, various foundations, national and public research institutions, local governments, and foreign universities and research institutions.

Two types of joint research systems

classification University-intensive joint research Cooperative Research
Contents Research conducted by dispatching researchers from private companies, etc. to universities, basically using the university’s research facilities. This is research in which private companies and universities share responsibility for a joint project at their respective locations, and no researchers are dispatched.
cost burden Per researcher
200,000 yen research fee every 6 months (excluding consumption tax)
(1) When the research period is 6 months or less
  200,000 yen (excluding consumption tax)
(2) If the research period exceeds 6 months, for each additional 6 months
  200,000 yen (excluding consumption tax) in addition to (1)
  The cost will be borne by the customer.
There is no cost for researcher research fees.
The amount of direct expenses to be borne will be determined by mutual consultation between the two parties.
Direct expenses: Equipment, supplies, research travel expenses, etc. necessary to conduct the research
Indirect expenses: Expenses required in addition to direct expenses in connection with the conduct of the research (equivalent to 30% of direct expenses).
The university will pay for the maintenance and upkeep of facilities and equipment required for the research.
Other For any of the joint research projects, we can install equipment, etc. necessary for research from private companies, etc., in the university, or construct a research laboratory building necessary for research.

Handling of Patent Rights

  • In the case of joint inventions, the patent will be filed jointly and the patent will be co-owned. (Separate agreements will be concluded.)
  • A patent right may be exclusively practiced by a private institution, etc. or a person designated by the private institution, etc. for a certain period of time. However, this term may be renewed as necessary.

Special Tax Credit System for Experiment and Research Expenses

Under this system, when a private company conducts joint research with a university, a certain percentage of the special testing and research expenses incurred by the private company can be deducted from the amount of corporate tax (income tax). For details, please contact the tax office.

Application for joint research

If you are a company or organization wishing to apply for joint research, please download the “Joint Research Application Form” below, fill it out, and send it to our office.

Research Contract Team, Social Cooperation Division, Social Cooperation Support Department, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577, Japan