Collaborative and Funded research

Inclusive cooperation


Inclusive and inter-organizational cooperation


Inter-organizational cooperation programs are designed to promote research exchange, staff exchange and the development of human resources between universities and companies employing multiple research staff, in which a department in each of the organizations is designated the interface for contact with the other organizations.

Cooperation between individual researchers Individual matching Organizational matching Creation of new relationships through inter-organizational cooperation

To date, specific research achievements have been utilized mainly in cooperative relationships between specific individual companies or departments. However, opportunities for interaction between individual researchers and specific departments within companies are severely limited, but these are the necessary starting point for cooperative interactions at the individual level. As a result, academic research of great potential for commercial application may be buried out of the sight of industry. For this reason, the university removed the burden of creating opportunities from the individual researcher and works to increase such opportunities at the institutional level through this framework, which was also established to promote the creation of new industrial technologies through the fusion of the multiple knowledge sets within the university.

Activities to date


Hitachi, Ltd. April 1st, 2003 signing

Fuji Electric Holdings Co, Ltd. July 1st, 2004 signing

Development Bank of Japan July 22nd, 2004 signing

UFJ Capital Co, Ltd. July 23rd, 2004 signing

North Pacific Bank, Ltd. June 24th, 2005 signing

TEIJIN Ltd. January 26th, 2006 signing

IHI Corporation September 12th, 2006 signing

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation  December 9th , 2008 signing

Collaborative research


Advancing collaborative and consigned research


Research collaborations are joint research projects conducted by the university’s research staff with other researchers from the private sector or other public research institutes. These are conducted on equal footing, and involve the sharing of research costs, hosting of researchers and the provision of reagents, etc.

Consigned research projects are conducted entirely by the university’s researchers at the request of a company, etc. The consigning entity (company, etc.) pays all research costs, and is notified of all results of the research.

Administrative process


In cases in which researchers at the university agree that the theme of a collaborative or consigned research proposal is appropriate for the university, it can be conducted following the establishment of a contract. Discussion of the terms of the research agreement such as the usage rights to the research results, and the rights to file patents for intellectual property deriving from the research will be made with due consideration for the collaborative partner or consignor, and established in a flexible manner with the goal of ensuring that such results find effective use.

The process is outlined below and takes approximately 1 to 2 months.

  • Consultation with researchers and about research theme, basic agreement on moving forward with the project

  • Submit research application

  • Decision to accept the research at the university

  • Discussion of terms of collaborative or consigned research agreement (contract)

  • Establishment of collaborative or consigned research agreement (contract)

  • Invoicing of research costs

  • Receipt of research costs

  • Hokkaido University Research Development Section, Hokkaido University Food Science Platform, Hokkaido University