Joint Research

Definition of joint research

Joint research is conducted by researchers both from private institutes and YNU as equal partners to address a common challenge.
Such research may be conducted at YNU by accepting researchers from private institutes along with the necessary funds, or conducted separately by researchers at the sites where they are based.
As a general rule, about 30% of the direct costs must be allocated to indirect costs.
Private institutes or other organizations must make an annual payment of 400,000 yen (excluding consumption tax) for each researcher they dispatch to YNU.
For more details, please refer to the YNU Rules for Joint Research(in Japanese).

Procedure for initiating joint research

Without preassigned researchers
Please look for the right researchers through the search website or a technical consultation.

With preassigned researchers

  1. The director of a private institute or the like submits an application for joint research to YNU.
  2. The application is accepted after the internal review at YNU.
  3. Contract talks between the applicant and YNU A template for a joint research contract is available to fill-in certain information, depending on the specific circumstances.
  4. Payment to fund the research Please kindly agree to an upfront lump-sum payment.
  5. The joint research is commenced.

Handling of research outcomes

In principle, research outcomes shall be shared between the partnering private institute and YNU, whose respective shares shall depend on their technical contributions.
YNU considers licensing and other matters relating to the handling of research outcomes on a case-by-case basis to flexibly respond to the request of each partnering private institute.

Tax exemption for special testing and research costs

Joint research conducted by YNU and companies and commissioned research both qualify for tax exemption. Preferential tax treatment is provided once certain conditions are met.
Please declare in advance if you intend to apply for tax exemption for special testing and research costs.

Accepted joint research

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Last update:2020/03/18