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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Guideline for Enhancing Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Activities Formulated

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) jointly formulated the Guideline for Enhancing Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Activities. This Guideline compiles the policy and concrete actions to strengthen the organizational scaled Industry-Academia-Government collaboration, in order to promote open innovation.

1. Background

The Japan Revitalization Strategy 2016, which was decided by the Cabinet on June 2, 2016, set the following governmental goal: “Tripling the current investment value from companies to universities and national R&D institutes by FY2025 to surpass the average investment level of other OECD member states.”

In light of the goal, METI and MEXT recognize the importance of providing opportunities for the industry, academia and government sectors to carry out specific actions and achieve concrete goals through holding dialogues on creating innovation, e.g., fortifying related systems in universities to deepen the industry-academia collaboration as well as promoting corporate awareness-raising efforts and actions towards reform to promote innovation. To this end, in July 2016, the ministries jointly established the Council of Industry-Academia-Government Dialogues for the Promotion of Innovation. In addition, in September 2016, the Working Group for Deepening Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration was established under the council.

Today, Guideline for Enhancing Industry-Academia Collaboration Activities was formulated by the Council and the Working Group, clarifying the issues and the prescriptions to strengthen the Industry-Academia-Government collaboration function from the perspective of the industry side.

By utilizing the guideline, the ministries strive to further promote the creation of innovation through joint industry-academia-government collaborative research.

2. Summary of the guidelines

3. Related information

  • Council of Industry-Academia-Government Dialogues for the Promotion of Innovation
  • Working Group for Deepening Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration

Release date

November 30, 2016

Division in Charge

Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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