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“Basic Framework of the Cross-appointment System and Points to Note (Supplementary Version)” Compiled

June 26, 2020

Aiming to further promote the “cross-appointment system,” an initiative expected to further enrich human resource exchanges between universities or other institutes and companies, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) jointly compiled a “Basic Framework of the Cross-appointment System and Points to Note (Supplementary Version),” a report explaining streamlined information on the cross-appointment system, such as approaches that universities and companies should take to effectively make use of the system between them. METI and MEXT hereby publish the report.

1. Outline of the cross-appointment system

Under the cross-appointment system, a researcher or expert is able to enter into employment contracts respectively with multiple universities, public research institutes, private companies and other organizations and to work for them.

The Integrated Innovation Strategy 2019, on which a Cabinet Decision was made in June 2019, recommends that Japan should proactively make use of the cross-appointment system for the purpose of improving the mobility of human resources and creating opportunities for young researchers to play a leading role in society.

Utilization of the system is expected to allow researchers and other human resources to play a leading role across the borders of organizations and also to contribute to fortifying the functions of bridging technologies between research institutes.

2. Details of the supplement version

In 2014, the “Basic Framework of the Cross-appointment System and Points to Note” was compiled by METI and MEXT. Nevertheless, the number of successful cross-appointment cases from universities or other institutes to companies are very limited.

To overcome this situation, METI and MEXT mainly focused on approaches to further encouraging universities or other institutes and companies to advance cross-appointments between them, streamlined challenges in contract aspects, such as incentives provided to researchers and other experts who take advantage of the system (by promoting a mixed payment system which combines subsidies for operations and external funds), development of clear procedures for introducing the system, labor management and intellectual property management, and compiled the results into a supplementary version of the report.

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