Research and Development Division
Reinforcing the collaboration of government, industry and academia.
The Research and Development Division was started at the Institute for Catalysis (ICAT), Hokkaido University in 2014 at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to establish a close relationship between academia and industry. @In April 2015, Hokkaido University, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), executed the contract to realize the cross-appointment system for the sake of reinforcing the collaboration of government, industry and academia. Then the cross-appointment team being constituted of the Research and Development Division was newly set up in AIST. Utilizing the government-industry-academia network, the new program, "Catalyst Informatics", was launched by the cooperation among the Center for Sustainable Resources Science, Riken, the@Interdisciplinary Research Center for Catalytic Chemistry, AIST and ICI.