What does NFEC do to promote co-utilization?
Users refrained from sharing equipment with their competitors, and had concerns over possible loss or technical troubles that might arise from co-utilization. As such, most equipment was not open to outside users.
To promote co-utilization, NFEC has developed ZEUS05 which helps users make one-stop reservations of the co-utilized equipment. ZEUS provides Clinic Service 06 where mentors, who are research equipment experts, are available to researchers for consultation on a real-time basis. Researchers can lessen their concerns over the loss of or technical troubles with equipment. In addition, ZEUS operates a call-center to facilitate the matching of demand and supply of equipment. NFEC, in addition, collects information on large-scale research facilities to publish a compilation. World of Large Facilities07, is also operated to give domestic researchers easy knowledge about domestic and international large-scale research facilities. NFEC holds its annual R&DIA08to identify those who have contributed to co-utilization and honor them with awards.