GaN Research Consortium
The GaN Research Consortium was established on October 1, 2015 to achieve world-leading energy-saving innovations with a central focus on gallium nitride (GaN) materials, which have become the focus of widespread attention today thanks to their contributions toward greater energy conservation.
It was established as a joint-creation, open-innovation venue that seamlessly integrates participating organizations via industry-academia-government collaboration. By making contributions toward the sustainable development of Japan as a nation as well as growth and advancements at member institutions, and by providing practical education through a venue for joint creation, this Consortium combines highly specialized knowledge with an all-encompassing viewpoint and focuses on the fostering of young, twenty-first-century researchers and technical experts who engage in scientific research for the good of society as a whole.
As of March 2016, member institutions include 15 universities (Nagoya University, Meijo University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Toyota Technological Institute, et al.), 2 incorporated national research institutions (the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the National Institute for Materials Science), and 28 corporations (Toyota Motor Corporation; Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.; Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation; et al.). The Consortium boasts a thoroughgoing framework that covers everything from the fundamentals to practical applications in areas ranging from upstream to downstream industry, and more institutions are expected to join as members in the future.