CollaborationTOPICSStatus of industry-academia-government collaboration at Shinshu University during the 2015 scal year9Collaborative researchNAGANO（346 projects）（62 projects）（292 patents）(487,334,000 JPY)At institutions (total of 25 institutions) with 1,000 – fewer than 1,500 researchers2318No. of research projects initiated in collaboration with the private sectorAmount of funds received for research projects initiated in collaboration with the private sectorNo. of research projects implemented in collaboration with SMEs within the same prefectureNo. of patents implemented etc. (including those overseas)thththrdnd11Amount of funds received for research projects initiated in collaboration with the private sector9PatentsSurvey of national, public and private universities (including junior col-leges), national, public and private higher professional schools and inter-university research institutions (total of 1,071 institutions)(Published by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on January 13, 2017)(Left) “Wearable Robot”: Ro-botic Wear (Curara®) used for daily living assistance as well as rehabilitation, realized by a collaborative project between the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology and a speed reducer manufacturer; (upper right) “Nagano Brand Local Food” products, a concept developed as a collaboration between the Faculty of En-gineering and municipalities; (lower right) Shinshu Univer-sity collaboration coordinator training for employees from nancial institutionsCollaboration between industry, academia, government and nancial institutions that utilizes the achievements of university research for the benet of the regionShinshu University is stepping up collaborative research efforts even further in energy and environmental sciences, biomedical sciences, textile/ber engineering, agricultural and life sciences, regional brands and many other elds, working together with nancial institutions in addition to existing industry-academia-government collaborations. For example, we train nancial insti-tution employees as coordinators, assign them as appropriate to local corporate efforts to generate new solutions, and otherwise work to link together the efforts of industry and the University.Industry-Academia-Government-Financial CollaborationData suggests that, compared with other universities in Japan, industry-academia-government collaboration is thriving at Shinshu University.