“Comprehensive Collaborative Research” aims not simply to resolve an enterprise’s individual R&D issues, but to create original concepts through the fusion of various key elements of research, so that industry and the university working jointly will develop advanced, practical technology that offers a leading edge in international competition, with the objective of energizing both the university's research and its education. For Comprehensive Collaborative Research, research groups are formed from a broad perspective that spans the university and research agreements are concluded with industries. Thus, “inter-organizational agreements” between industries and KU form the basis of these collaborative projects.
■The management methods of Comprehensive Collaboration and the differences between Comprehensive Collaboration and joint research.
Comprehensive Collaboration is managed by a “Collaboration Council”, an original style of KU, made up of the Academic Research and Industrial Collaboration Management Office (of KU), the Industry-Academia-Collaboration Section (of the industry), and a group of researchers from both industry and the university. This eliminates the awareness gap between industry and university that was formerly an issue in industry-academia (university) joint research and makes it possible to obtain results that are satisfactory for both parties. Whereas formerly joint research constituted a “relationship of joining points” between the faculty members and the industry, with Comprehensive Collaborative Research the university and the industry can be said to be in a “relationship of joining surfaces”. Moreover, the Academic Research and Industrial Collaboration Management Office takes part in consultations and coordination right from the start, working to build a consensus regarding the specific research management and operations. The items of the agreement that serve as concrete measures are the following.
- Research objective
- Research contents and scope
- Research plan (research period/time limit)
- Research setup
- Research funding
- Research management methods
- Research results evaluation methods
- Intellectual property management and utilization methods
- Public funding introduction
- Research results
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