Industry Liaison

Sponsored Research Program

In regard to specific research subjects, the corporation bears the expenses required for the research, and Tokyo Tech faculty members (are commissioned to) conduct the research. Tokyo Tech faculty members report research findings to the corporation. From the viewpoint of the corporation, it is "research commissioned by the corporation."


Research subjects (guidance content)

The corporation expresses its intention regarding the research and the faculty members consent to it.

Roles of faculty members

Conduct research in line with the research subject.

Roles of corporate researchers


What is obtained

A report on research findings (research content) prepared by both parties.

Intellectual property*1

The inventor can only be a researcher from Tokyo Tech, and Tokyo Tech holds the rights to the intellectual property (as a general rule). Handling of intellectual property is established by the agreement.


The corporation bears the amount of any indirect expenses that are added to the expenses (direct expenses) used by faculty members to carry out the commissioned research.

Application of special testing and research expenses tax deduction system


Indirect expenses

Amount equivalent to 30% of direct expenses

Flow of Agreement

1. Look for faculty members to conduct the collaborative research.

"Are there any faculty members who will participate in conducting this research? "We would like to know the research disciplines of Tokyo Tech faculty members."
"What systems are compatible?" etc.,
feel free to contact supervisors of Industrial Cooperation with any kind of question.

2. After the supervising faculty member has been determined, the corporate supervisor and the faculty member meet for interviews and discussion to determine the following matters.

  • Research subject/objective/content
  • Research period (or guidance period) *The beginning and ending dates can be freely set. There is no restriction as to the fiscal year.
  • Existence of collaborative researchers from private organizations, etc. *Will corporate researchers conduct the research at Tokyo Tech?
  • Research expenses

3. The corporation sends an application formthat states the content above to the Office of Research and Innovation at Tokyo Tech.

Please contact us to obtain the English version of an application form.

4. The Office of Research and Innovation at Tokyo Tech presents an agreement (proposed by Tokyo Tech) to the corporation, and both parties discuss the content of the agreement.

Download the basic agreement template here

A template of an agreement between 3 parties or more and a template of the English version of the agreement are also available. Contact Tokyo Tech if you wish to obtain either of these templates.

The important points of the agreement are the articles regarding confidentiality and the articles regarding handling of intellectual property.

5. Conclusion of the agreement

6. Tokyo Tech sends the corporation a bill for the research fee and research expenses.
⇒The corporation makes payment (by bank transfer).

7. Commencement of Research/guidance