1-3 Sophia University Research
1-3-1 Research Literature
Bibliographical and citation data generated by SciVal from Scopus and produced as a plot (data retrieval, August 26, 2022; documentary type limited to Articles, reviews, conference papers, books and book chapters).
1-3-2 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 mostly resulted in patent applications, and those made in foreign countries is also increasing. 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.
1-3-3 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.
1-3-4 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. In AY2021, the number of projects, including continuing projects, remained at a high level, but the number of applications, the number of adoptions, and the acceptance rate for new projects have been stagnant, resulting in a significant decrease in the total amount.
Contract Research/External Collaborative Research and Scholarship Research Donations are easily affected by social circumstances, economic circumstances, and research progress; they fluctuate year by year. However, it can be said that the result of organizational promotion of industry-government-academia collaboration is reflected in the increasing trend of the number of Contract Research and External Collaborative Research projects.