Research Collaboration System

FY2018 AGC Research Collaboration System -Public Solicitation Collaboration Between Industry and Academia-

1. Purpose of the system

We propose a research assignment, and perform collaborative research with universities or public research institutes, etc. through a public solicitation examination method. We encourage the proactive utilization of the outcomes which are obtained in collaborative research. In this fiscal year, the 15th year since its system implementation, with the theme of Smart Society for our market-focused development, we are looking for a wide variety of research themes on materials science and materials application for the public.

2. Targeted researchers

Researchers who belong to national, public and private university, and public research institutes, etc. In the case of team research with participation by multiple researchers, an application will be made by a representative.

3. Targeted research main theme

(Main theme) Material Technologies to be implemented in Smart Society
We are seeking a research theme which contributes a smart society where people can live "richly, at ease and safely," and has a big academic impact, as well as a possibility of the future market development.
Please refer here for the details.

4. Implementation period of collaborative research

Two to three years from the start of a research in April 2019 in principle.

5. Research expense and use of expense

Research expense per case, which we pay to a research institute annually, is within 20 million yen for a large research theme, and within 60 million yen in total over the maximum three years as a reference. Additionally, annually within 10 million yen for a medium size research theme, and within 30 million yen in total over the maximum three years is a reference. It does not need to be the same amount every year. For the plan of research budget, please take the following items into account.

•For a large research theme, employ one full-time researcher with the level of postdoctoral researcher, and include the personnel expenses.
•Purchase of equipment and facility should not be main use of expenses.
•Include indirect expenses paid to a research institute in the total amount.

6. Application documents and application method

Using the prescribed application sheet, submit a proposition of the research plan via e-mail within the specified period. Format of the application sheet and contract of collaborative research are in principle sent by us via e-mail (click the lower-left button). After entering the prescribed items, send to an e-mail address for submission (click the lower-right button). We will inform you of the receipt of application documents via e-mail. Additionally, upon application, it is predicated that the applicant has agreed with our policy of personal information, policy related to unknown information, and obtained the agreement including the contract contents by the applicant itself, and affiliated institutions as well as joint/collaborative researchers.

Submission of application documents was closed as of September 30.

7. Examination and Selection

An in-house team with the general manager of the Planning Division, Technology General Division of our Company as a representative is responsible for the examination. Firstly, we examine the proposal of research plan (primary examination) by means of documents, and then perform hearing examination (secondary examination) for the applicants who are selected in the primary examination. After selecting several cases in the secondary examination, we explain our detailed requirements upon signing a nondisclosure agreement. Additionally, after mutual agreement with the implementation of collaborative research over two to three years, we will select a total of about two to three collaborative research themes with one large research theme at maximum, and two medium size research theme at maximum. Please note that we may propose a partial change in the research plan in the process of examination and selection.

8. Examination Criterion

In the examination of the research plans, a theme setting where the research outcomes can be utilized in the future through Smart Community, which is our market-focused development as stipulated in 3. Targeted Research Main Theme, will be emphasized. In addition, research plans which make use of wisdom, ideas, and research facilities outside company are evaluated. Past achievements of the applicants in the said research field are not necessarily required, and the details of the proposed research plan, desire and enthusiasm for the plan, and future prospect are emphasized.

9. Confidentiality of Application

We will not use the applicant's personal information for the purpose other than the one related to examination and research collaboration. Please click here for our policy related to the protection of personal information.
Though the details entered in the application sheet, and the details of the hearing in the hearing examination are subject to use for our internal examination only, please disclose only the information which is judged to be disclosable to us, as the nondisclosure agreement is not contracted. Please click here in the case that we have disclosed unknown technical information without acquisition of right.

10. Notification of Examination Results

We notify the applicant of the examination results via e-mail.

11. Conclusion of Contract for Collaborative Research

Prior to the start of research, a contract for collaborative research is concluded between the research institute to which the applicant finally selected belongs and us. The contract details are in principle according to the format which is sent at the time of application specified by us. However, it may be subject to change in the case of agreement upon mutual consultation due to rational reasons. Please note that the selection is in principle subject to cancellation, in the case that the contract of collaborative research does not lead to agreement.

12. Attribution of Deliverables of Collaborative Research

With regard to the handling of the intellectual property and handling of the research facility which are obtained as the outcomes of the collaborative research, it is supposed to be determined in the contract of the collaborative research. However, in the case of a patent application for the invention directly connected to our business, conclude the transfer contract so as to transfer the rights subject to obtain the patent by way of compensation prescribed by the mutual consultation. In this case, we pay compensation for invention achievements to universities or the inventors belonging to research institutes. Additionally, even after the transfer of the right to AGC Asahi Glass, a patent invention for academic research or educational purposes can be continuously implemented.

13. Publication of Contract of Collaborative Research

After concluding a collaborative research contract, if there is an approval between the applicant and the associated research institution, we publish the adoption results on our home page.

14. Research Evaluation

Determining a period and a method, we and the contractor of collaborative research perform the intermediate evaluation and the posterior evaluation respectively at least one time per year. Depending on the results of the intermediate evaluation, there may be a change in the research plan or suspension of the research. Additionally, submit a monthly progress report, and have a progress meeting every two months or so.

15. Other

We may select the excellent research plan among the applied items which were not adopted in this fiscal year, and support research expenses and research materials to the applicants from us separately.
Please refer here for the past adoption records.

16. Schedule of Application/Examination in This Fiscal Year

Due date of application document submission September 28, 2018
Notification of document examination results Beginning of November, 2018
Hearing examination Planned on November 27, 2018
Notification of hearing examination results Middle of December, 2018
NDA conclusion and meeting for the detailed collaborative research plan Middle of January, 2019
Notification of final examination results End of January, 2019
Arrangement of research plan and conclusion of collaborative research contract By the end of March, 2019
Start of collaborative research Target at the beginning of April, 2019

Contact Us

Address for inquiry via

Person in charge
Planning Division, Technology General Division, Yasuhiro Kuwana
Shin-Marunouchi Building, 1-5-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8405 JAPAN Tel. 03-3218-5249