Ksyuhu University（KU） Gapfund Program is an on-campus grant for researchers who are intereseted in starting up a venture business.
This program has started since 2017 for promoting and creating of university-initiated ventures based on academic research.
Number of projects to be accepted：up to 10
Amount of grant：up to 2 million JPY
Grant period：7 months （from April 1st to October 31st）
applicant must be a researcher who has an employment relationship with KU
and who is motivated to start a business based on the applicant's own research results.
※Application by group is allowed as long as it includes the applicant as principal investigator.
※There is no restriction on qualification of collaborators.
（including students and external researchers）
Kyushu University （KU） provides a grant to projects that have a high potential of realizing academic research into industrial application.
In this program, the applicant develops a prototype, receives evaluation from external experts who act as prospective customers and verifies the possibility of commercialization.
During the grant period, the secretariat will handle consultations in relation to the implementation of this program. For example, the secretariat will provide the following services:
give advice on the development of the prototype, introduce customers who provide the evaluation and conduct matching with external organizations such as private companies.
After the grant period, based on the evaluation results, the applicant will receive evaluation and advice from external reviewers such as venture capitalists and board members.
KU will provide organizational support for the applicant after completion of this program.
■Please refer to materials below （access restricted to faculty）
Please contact us by e-mail; or phone if there are any questions.
■List of the accepted project
AiRIMaQ（Academic Research and Industrial Collaboration Management Office）
Intellectual Property Management and Startup Support Group