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Application Guidelines for RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects in FY 2022

Summary

【Research applications for FY2022 are now closed.】

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Tohoku University’s Research Institute of Electrical Communication (hereinafter RIEC) has been conducting joint studies with researchers from outside RIEC to make public the results of research widely as a center of excellence (COE) in information and communication technology (ICT) and, at the same time, to help further develop the community of researchers as a joint usage/research center for collaborative research in ICT. This joint research program does not presume simple joint use of RIEC facilities by participants; it features the precondition that participants conduct cooperative studies with research collaborators of RIEC. The Cooperative Research Project Program calls for the implementation of research projects in cooperation with excellent researchers at home and abroad by planning and coordinating various studies on technologies and systems in the information and communication sector.

Participants in RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects in fiscal 2022 are invited in line with the following guidelines.

1. Application details

1. The following subthemes are to be invited in 2022.

  • 1) Advanced Nano-Information Devices Utilizing Physical Phenomena
  • 2) Next-Generation Systems for Ultra-Broadband Communication
  • 3) Creation of Information Systems Harmonizing People and Environments
  • 4) Advanced System and Software for Information Society

2. The RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects Program consists of two categories. One is “Type A: Research Projects” which uses RIEC facilities, equipment, etc. to conduct research. The other, known as “Type B: Research Projects Seminar,” focuses on study meetings.

3. The following six types of research are in place to diversify the Cooperative Research Projects program.

  • LRG: Large Research Project – themes aimed at proposing a major project
  • YNG: Young Researcher’s Project – both Principal Investigator (Pl) and research collaborator of RIEC (see section 5 for details) must be 39 years old or younger as of April 1, 2022.
  • EXP: Exploratory Research Project – exploratory themes
  • ADV: Advanced Research Project – advanced themes
  • ITL: International Cooperative Research Project – themes that involve researchers belonging to overseas research institutes who will act as principal investigators or share studies with RIEC researchers
  • IUC: Industry – University Cooperative Research Project- themes that involve private-sector R&D staff who will act as principal investigators or share studies with RIEC researchers (restricted to Type B)

4. In case research is continued beyond the first year on the same theme, the maximum period shall be three years, including the first year.

2. Qualifications

Qualified for application are teachers and researchers belonging to universities, technical colleges and public-sector research institutes; and researchers belonging to private-sector companies, organizations, etc.

Postgraduate students of universities and advanced course students of technical collages may join research teams as members.

3. Research team

From the date of decision of adoption to March 15, 2023.

4. Application terms

From Jan. 13 to Feb. 28, 2022 (strictly abide by the deadline)

【Research applications for FY2022 are now closed.】

5. How to apply

(1) A researcher representing his/her research team, called the Principal Investigator (Pl), shall apply only after consulting a selected research collaborator of RIEC about a research theme/plan, etc. in advance.

For the overview of RIEC, please visit its website: http://www.riec.tohoku.ac.en

(2)Please file an application through “RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects System.”

[About “RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects System”]
[RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects System]

(3)User registration

Those who use the system for the first time are required to complete user registration beforehand to get a login ID and a password. As user registration may take a few days, please complete it not later than 10 days before the application deadline.
[About user registration] 

6. Application documents to be submitted through the online system

Application documents

  Web application form Attached file
(Upload PDF version to web system)
TypeA RIEC Nation-wide
Cooperative Research Projects Application TypeA
(Printed image is coming soon)

1)  Research execution plan
(Attachment : TypeA)

 

2)Research Organization & Research Expenses
(Appendix : TypeA)

 

3)Letter of Acceptance(Get organization head’s signature & upload PDF version)

TypeB RIEC Nation-wide
Cooperative Research Projects Application TypeB
(Printed image is coming soon)

1)Research execution plan
(Attachment : TypeB)

 

2)Research Organization & Research Expenses
(Appendix : TypeB)

 

3)Letter of Acceptance(Get organization head’s signature & upload PDF version)

7. Notice of outcome

Whether applications have been accepted or not will be notified in mid-April 2022 after decisions by the Cooperative Projects Selection Committee, which includes external intellectuals.

When an application is adopted, the Pl and research team members will be regarded as “RIEC cooperative researchers” commissioned by Tohoku University.

○Schedule of Cooperative Research Projects

Period of Implementation

Contents of Implementation

Jan 13-Feb 21
【User registration】

Apply for user registration case of first

Jan 13-Feb 28
【Acceptance of application】

Submit application
[via RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative
Research Projects System
]

Mar
【Screening】

Screening

Around mid-Apr
【Research starts/
Budget execution begins】

Notice of decision to adopt/reject
Notice of budget amount to be allocated

 

Procedures for official trips
(for purchase in case equipment/consumables
are required)

till end of March next year
【Prepare report】

Submit report
[via RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative
Research Projects System
]

■ If you wish to continue the project in the second or third year, you will still need to apply for 2022.
■ The average amount allocated per case is as follows.
  TyepA : about 300,000yen
  (Trip expenses 200,000yen, Equipment & Consumables100,000yen)
  TyepB : about 300,000yen

8. Others

(1)Treatment of intellectual property rights

When intellectual property is created as a result of RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research, the handling is determined by mutual consultation of parties concerned.

(2)About expenses

Each project will be provided with expense allocations equivalent to expenses for traveling to RIEC for research, participation in study meetings, etc.,and equipment/consumables expenses necessary for research at RIEC (restricted to Type A only). Allocated amounts are subject to change according to the number of research projects adopted.

Expenses will be allocated for the implementation of RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research and the holding of research meetings. The use of expenses is limited to those related to the implementation of RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research, and are specified as follows. The amount of expenses allocated will vary depending on the number of projects selected.

  • [TypeA] Expenses to conduct research (property expenses necessary for conducting research, such as travel expenses or online related expenses instead of travel expenses)
  • [TypeB] Expenses required to participate in and hold workshops, etc. (travel expenses or alternative online related expenses, etc.)

(3)Accommodation

As RIEC has no lodging facilities, researchers are required to secure accommodation individually.

(4)Submission of report on cooperative research

PIs shall submit research reports online through the “RIEC Nation-wide Cooperative Research Projects System” by March 31, 2022. (strictly observe the deadline)

(5)Description of acknowledgment

In publishing reports on the outcome of research as theses, researchers are requested to add at the end of such papers a sentence to the effect that their studies were conducted as “research under the Cooperative Research Project Program of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University.” In that case, please send a copy of your paper to the postal address shown in “8. Contact” below.

Please refer to the following examples in writing acknowledgment.

  1. Part of this work was carried out under the Cooperative Research Project Program of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University.
  2. This work was performed in the Cooperative Research Project of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University.
  3. We acknowledge the stimulated discussion in the meeting of the Cooperative Research Project of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University.
  4. This conference was partially supported by the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University.

You may use RIEC, an acronym for the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, instead of writing its full name.

(6)RIEC Annual Meeting on Cooperative Research Projects

You may be asked to make a presentation on your research at the RIEC Annual Meeting on Cooperative Research Projects scheduled around the end of fiscal 2022.
[RIEC Annual Meeting on Cooperative Research Projects]

9.Contact

RIEC Cooperative Research Project Office, Tohoku University
2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, JAPAN
TEL: +81-22-217-5422
FAX: +81-22-217-5426
MAIL:riec-crpp@grp.tohoku.ac.jp