Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration Program

Through this method, an industry-academia collaborative organization is formed on campus using funds provided by a private company. In comparison to other forms of collaborative research, this method provides for the establishment of a more stable foundation and facilitates regular close contact among the researchers working together on the project, as well as their contact with other researchers at Kyoto University. These benefits can significantly enhance the development and progress of the research. It is also possible for researchers from the company to be stationed on campus to conduct the collaborative research. If an industry-academia collaborative organization is established within a graduate school, it will be established as an industry-academia collaboration course. If it is established within an institute, center, or other facility, it will be established as an industry-academia collaboration laboratory. This system was launched in November 2017, as a development of the collaborative research course and research laboratory. It is possible to include the name of the company within the name of the course or research laboratory.

The system enables multiple departments to jointly establish an industry-academia collaboration course or laboratory, and to use donations or funds other than research collaboration expenses to operate it. The system also enables the researchers to engage in educational activities through collaborative research.


Generally between two and five years (renewable)

IP Terms and Conditions

Determined based on the researchers’ contributions. The terms will be established in collaborative research agreements, etc.

Tax Incentives

Special R&D tax credit system for open innovation

In the event that a company conducts collaborative research or commissioned research with a university, a certain portion of the experiment and research costs covered by the company can be deducted from corporate tax (income tax).

Expenses Required

  • Direct expenses (research costs)

    It is necessary to employ a minimum of two faculty members to supervise the project.1Other expenses will vary depending on the specific requirements of the project.2

  • Indirect expenses (management costs)

    30% or more of the direct expenses + researcher fees

  1. Researchers from the funding company etc. may be employed as project supervisors (subject to employment screening procedures).
  2. Personnel costs, such as the salaries of faculty members (approx. ¥6 million–¥12 million per person per year) + maintenance and operation costs (the costs of electricity, water, fuel, facility fees, and the costs of employing personnel such as administrators) + research costs.


Please use this form to contact the SACI.However, the response may be sent from a
department/division other than the SACI, such as from another division within
the university or from an affiliated company outside the university.