This program supports experimental research for confirming whether or not the results (seeds) obtained from university research activities will be helpful to the technology and expertise (needs) required by corporations when developing products. A specialist known as a “Matching Planner” meets with both the university and corporation in order to make an objective judgment on whether the university seeds will truly contribute to corporate needs. The Matching Planner also serves as a bridge to ensure smooth implementation of the project. The program seeks to put the initial stage of industry-academia joint research on the right track, to create core technology for corporations, to advance projects into full-scale joint research, and to implement projects which will have economic/social ripple effects.
Details of the Regional Industry-Academia Value Program are available on the JST website: https://www.jst.go.jp/mp/koubo.html (from fiscal 2018, the name of the program has been changed to “Adaptable and Seamless Technology Transfer Program through Target-driven R&D (A-STEP) Function Verification Phase”).