Rules and Forms

Collaborative Innovation Policy

National Institutes of Natural Sciences, an 
Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, Collaborative Innovation Policy

The National Institutes of Natural Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “NINS”), an inter-university research institute corporation, is composed of inter-university research institutes in various fields related to natural sciences and based on creative academic research in the inter-university research institutes established by NINS, research facilities under the direct control of NINS as stipulated in Paragraph 1, Article 2-2 and the Okazaki Research Facilities as stipulated in Item (i), Article 50 (hereinafter referred to as "institutes") of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences, an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, General Rules for Organization and Operation (General Rules No. 1 of 2004). Furthermore, the mission of NINS is to cooperate with society and act as an international research organization that is open to the outside world and its duties are to return to society the research results it produced and synergistic research results, etc. and contribute to the sound development of industry and culture in Japan, overseas, and in local communities.

Industry-academia-government collaboration is one of the powerful means of collaboration with society. As such, NINS contributes to society through collaborative innovation, collaboration with local communities, and human resource development, in accordance with the NINS Charter. Furthermore, by precisely adapting research results to the needs of society through interaction with the promotion of academic research, both NINS and society will benefit and it also aims to form an intellectual creation cycle by supporting such ambitious efforts.

Based on these, we will clarify our approach to industry-academia-government collaboration as follows.

  1. Collaborative innovation is strongly promoted according to the fields in which the characteristics of the institute can be effectively demonstrated and the responsibilities of the institute.
  2. NINS and the institutes form a system necessary for strengthening collaborative innovation, and promote collaborative innovation based on common standards.
  3. Collaborative innovation between NINS and companies or public institutions is based on collaboration based on clear contracts between organizations, and is promoted while ensuring transparency.
  4. Intellectual property and R & D information are appropriately protected and managed.
  5. Through collaborative innovation, the development of a wide range of human resources, including human resources with advanced knowledge and skills and human resources with free ideas and a broad perspective is promoted.
  6. Appropriately manage and coordinate ethical issues such as conflicts of interest and responsibilities between NINS and society.
  7. When promoting research in collaboration with external institutions such as the private sector (hereinafter referred to as "private institutions"), for the necessary expenses, clarify the cost burdern of not only the expenses related to direct research, but also the indirect expenses and the basic expenses related to the promotion of collaborative innovation and appropriately implement it based on the share of private organizations.
  8. In promoting collaborative innovation, NINS ensures sufficient transparency and be accountable when investing its own funds.

(Established on April 1, 2019)