1-8 Sophia University Research

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Sophia University Research

1-8-1  Intra-university research grants

Sophia University has revised its intra-university grants as required in order to improve the research environment; and therefore, its structure and budget has undergone various changes. The university provides diverse research allowances for researchers to promote research activities. In AY2014, Sophia revised its intra-university competitive funds program to encourage the acquisition of external funds, and built on the conventional Intra-university Collaborative Research Funds to newly establish the “Sophia University Special Grant for Academic Research.” By focusing funding on innovative, original, and international research unique to Sophia as well as interdisciplinary and organizational research, the Grant aims to promote research activities at home and improve Sophia’s ability to reach a wide international audience, and thus enhance the presence of Sophia University as a research institution.

1-8-2  External research funds

The figures below show changes in the number of projects and total grant amounts for “research projects led by a Principal Investigator belonging to Sophia University.”
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) is Japan’s largest competitive funding program that supports various creative and pioneering “academic research” ranging from fundamental to applied research in all fields, including the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Also relevant is wider acceptance of the university-wide policy of encouraging the acquisition of external funds. The number of scholarships granted remains at a high level, and the percentage of scholarships newly granted is higher at the university than the national average.
Contract Research/External Collaborative Research and Scholarship Research Donations are easily affected by economic circumstances and research progress; it is therefore difficult to perform trend analysis. However, it can be said that the result of organizational promotion of industry-government-academia collaboration is reflected in the increased number of Contract Research and External Collaborative Research projects.

1-8-3  Research Literature

Bibliographical and citation data generated by InCite from Web of Science and produced as a plot (data retrieval, September 7, 2020; documentary type limited to articles, proceeding papers, reviews, books, book chapters).
The number of research materials recorded in Web of Science remains around 250, without great change. On the other hand, the number of internationally coauthored papers has risen over the number of 2012.

1-8-4  Intellectual Property

The number of patents applied for domestically and internationally has been about 30 annually in the past three years and stayed higher than before. One reason for this is the progress made in large external collaborative research projects, which was mostly resulted in patent applications, especially those in foreign countries. While there will be variations in patent registrations according to the year, applications will continue to increase, and that trend is expected to be maintained in the midterm.
As for the breakdown of patent registrations by field, in the past most registrations were related to nanotechnology and materials, but now registrations in telecommunications and life science are increasing. Thus, there is a marked tendency to make applications in various fields of research.