The basic/core education and research generated from the free academic culture at Kyoto University serves as the fountainhead for innovation and can be considered the raw materials for achieving innovation. In some ways, for previous collaborative research with companies, we contributed to energizing industry and other parts of society by simply preparing/processing such university materials to create a rough design for innovation. However, in recent years universities are also expected to contribute to creating practical designs for achieving innovation. In particular, for national projects and other research and development funded by the national government, universities are expected to take the initiative in proposing a menu of specific innovations. Therefore, the National Project Section is strengthening measures to support the following.
The National Project Section is routinely involved in obtaining an understanding of trends in global conditions and societal needs, gathering and analyzing information about the direction of measures, and searching for research areas where the university can make a contribution. Furthermore, by specifying competitive/uncompetitive areas of R&D and ongoing/non-ongoing areas of innovation, the section can offer practical designs for innovation from industry-government-academia collaboration.
For projects that involve multiple fields, which has been a particularly strong requirement in recent years, it is important that the researchers from each of the participants in industry-government-academia collaboration in each research field share a common vision. Therefore, the section not only serves a coordinating role in industry-government-academia collaborations, but also prepares the overall project design, so that the university can benefit from a leadership function and achieve more effective project management.
Mainly our section offers suggestions, solicited from throughout the university, for solving problems of society shared by multiple companies or industry fields through cooperation with various business groups and others. Such measures are intended to fully utilize the university’s research potential by promoting collaborations with companies able to drive innovation.