Research activities provides essential support for the education offered at ICU, and both activities are inseparably connected. Faculty members, graduate students and research fellows constantly conduct individual and joint research in the College of Liberal Arts, Graduate School and research institutes. In addition, research-related seminars, lectures and meetings are held on campus, through which undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to meet prominent scholars from other universities in Japan or overseas.
ICU has a system allowing full-time faculty to take one year of research leave every seven years in principle, during which they can concentrate on their own research in Japan or abroad.
Appropriate Operation and Management of Public Research Funds
In light of the directive from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology titled "Guidelines on Research Institutions' Management and Auditing of Public Grant Monies" (15 February 2007), ICU has established the Committee for the Prevention of Fraudulent Activities and carries out appropriate operation and management of public research funds.
ICU's Basic Policies for Appropriate Operation and Management of Public Research Funds
1 November 2007
President, International Christian University
It goes without saying that the public research funds received through open calls for application, such as those from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, are valuable funds provided by taxpayers and the responsibility for
managing such funds lies with the research institution. Additionally, it is unquestionable that it is the obligation of those responsible at such institutions to eliminate causes that lead to improper use of funds and to build an environment and systems
that serve to deter improper use of funds.
In order to fulfill these responsibilities and obligations, ICU has determined the below response. According to this, in matters regarding the operation and management of public research funds, the president is named as the position of ultimate responsibility and the vice president for academic affairs is responsible for coordinating management. The response makes clear the structure of responsibility and establishes a system for coordinating the overall organization.
Even leading up to this point, ICU has proactively made efforts in the area of public research funds (particularly with regard to research grants, which are the most widely recognized form of such funding), including efforts to clarify rules on administrative procedures, clarify the administrative authority of educational and general staff, and increasing the awareness of all parties working with such funding. In August of this year, ICU established the new Research Support Group office, which serves as a focal point for groups and individuals within and outside the university for matters regarding use of public research funds and administrative procedures. It also plans to establish the Committee for the Prevention of Fraudulent Activities (provisional name) as a body directly answerable to the president and which acts to promote activities that prevent misconduct in the use of public research funds (see note 1).
After this point, the president is to display leadership, aim for the appropriate operation and management of public research funds, eliminate causes that lead to improper use of funds, and build an environment and systems that serve to deter improper use of funds.
ICU will determine and urgently put in place various more effective regulations and make these known to parties within and outside the university via its website (see note 2).
*1 - ICU Committee for the Prevention of Fraudulent Activities was established on 22 September 2011. Research Support Group was renamed as Center for Research Planning and Support on 1 April 2016.
*2 - "Regulations Governing the Prevention of Fraudulent Activities in the University Research" was established on 1 January 2009.
Experiments on Animals
At ICU maintains a Committee on the Use of Animals in Experimentation based on the "ICU Regulations on Animal Experimentation." At ICU, experiments using animals are conducted properly under the management of the university president.
Committee on the Use of Animals in Experimentation
ICU maintains a Committee on the Use of Animals in Experimentation based on the "ICU Regulations on Animal Experimentation." At ICU, experiments using animals are conducted properly under the management of the university president.
Organization of the Committee on the Use of Animals in Experimentation
- Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Manager(s): individual(s) receiving orders from the President and who manage(s) laboratory animals and facilities
- Laboratory animal manager(s)
- Full-time educational staff not involved in the conducting of animal experimentation
- A small number of other individuals deemed necessary by the president
Role of the Committee on the Use of Animals in Experimentation
- Deliberation on matters relating to conformity of animal experimentation plans with various principles and these regulations
- Matters pertaining to the status and results of animal experimentation plans
- Matters pertaining to facilities as well as the breeding and care of laboratory animals
- Matters pertaining to contents and systems of education and training related to proper handling of animal experimentation and laboratory animals as well as related laws, ordinances, etc.
- Matters pertaining to self-inspections and self-evaluations
- Other matters necessary for the proper conducting of animal experimentation
ICU Regulations on Animal Experimentation, Annual Report, Self-Inspections/Self-Evaluations
Research Ethics Investigations
ICU has a Research Ethics Committee that checks whether research projects make sufficient considerations for the protection of personal information and protection of human rights. The committee's investigations take place before research projects begin and are aimed at researchers at ICU, including graduate students.