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Research Grant Program

Research Grant Program 2014

Research Grant Program

Program Title: Exploring New Values for Society

Program Objectives

The world in which we live today is undergoing dramatic changes amid social and economic development, the surge of globalization, and rapid advances in science and technology. While these changes have broadened horizons and enhanced affluence, at the same time they have generated a complex array of social problems. Living as we do in this era of historical change, we need to firmly grasp the essence of these problems and search for solutions as we pave the way for the future.

The various issues that need to be addressed include those that are on a global scale and those that transcend generations, as well as nascent problems that will only fully manifest themselves in the future. This means that it will be difficult to find clues and solutions that help to bring about a new society on the basis of the existing framework of values or compartmentalized expertise. Rather, in seeking to create new values for society, it is necessary to fundamentally reevaluate the state of society, the way we live, and the underlying framework of values from a wider perspective that adopts a panoramic view of the world and looks decades into the future. We need to take into consideration existing frameworks, while standing outside them to build new viewpoints that can be shared with others. In this way, we can erect the signposts that will guide us to perspectives on a broader world and the future we have yet to perceive.

Based on this way of thinking, in this program the Toyota Foundation has established two grant frameworks respectively for joint research projects and individual research projects that can be expected to lead to the creation of new values for society. For both frameworks, we solicit ambitious projects that are founded on creative concepts that reflect a youthful perspective and whose results can help change people’s way of thinking – regardless of their country or region of origin or their social position and circumstances – and can lead to actions that bring about solutions to the issues faced.

Grant Frameworks

Call for Proposals April 1 to September 5, 2014
Grant Amount (Total) 100 million yen (Joint Research Grants: Approx. 80 million yen, Individual Research Grants: Approx. 20 million yen)
Grant Amount (per Project) (A) Joint Research Grants: Up to around 4 million yen a year per project
(B) Individual Research Grants: Up to around 1 million yen a year per project
Grant Periods One year or two years, beginning May 1, 2015
Requirements No restrictions are placed on proposals with regard to the areas of research or the methods employed; nor is there any limitation with regard to the nationality or place of residence of the project representative or participants, or their affiliation (or lack thereof) with a university, research institute, NPO/NGO, or other organization.
Grant Selection Formal decisions on the awarding of grants will be made at the Toyota Foundation Board of Directors meetings scheduled to be held in March 2015, based on the deliberations of a selection committee composed of outside experts.

Program Guidelines and Application Form [Sample]

Comments by Selection Committee Chair

Grant List

TYTID Project Title Project Leader Position, Organization Grant Amount(yen)
(A) Joint Research Grant
D14-R-0010 Development of Integrated Azolla-Rice-Duck-Fish Farming System for Sustainably Organic Rice Production in the Mekong River Region of Vietnam Nguyen Khoi Nghia Lecturer, College of Agriculture and Applied Biology, Cantho University University 5,000,000
D14-R-0042 Trans-Asian Multiculturalism: International Collaborative Project of Transnational Cultural Citizenship in East Asia Koichi Iwabuchi Professor, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University 6,400,000
D14-R-0126 The Practical Study on Environmental Conservation Based on the Pico Hydro Power and Farmers' Exchange in Tanzania Ryugo Kurosaki Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Fukuoka University of Education 6,400,000
D14-R-0197 Future Re-design of a Rural Area for "Local Asset" Accumulation: A Case Study on a Rural Town Close to Metropolitan Area Sawako Shigeto Associate Professor, Academy for Global Leadership, Tokyo Institute of Technology 6,400,000
D14-R-0201 Migration and Southeast Asian Filial Piety: The Impact of Mobility on a Core Asian Value Julian CH LEE Lecturer, College of Design and Social Context, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2,000,000
D14-R-0225 Promoting "End-of-life Care Culture" in Facilities for the Aged in Japan by Means of "Mutual Action Research" Tikayo Koyama Professor, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Niigata University 2,000,000
D14-R-0256 Listening as a Civil Value in Okinawa: A Collaborative Project for Presenting Environmental Sounds as a Natural and Historical Resource for Community Health and Inter-generational Relations in Okinawa Rupert Cox Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester 5,700,000
D14-R-0270 Structuring of "Discrimination" and Development of the Action Transformation Program to Act without the Tacit Consent for Disability Discrimination: Shift from "Looking on," "Indifference," and "Descriptive Understanding" Akiko Nagahama Associate Professor, Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University 2,500,000
D14-R-0298 Renovation of an Early Modern Water City for Renewable Energy Era: Re-evaluation of Industrial Remains of Water Utilization in the Early Modern Period from the View Point of Local Empowerment and Their Reconstruction into Eater city of Renewable Energy Industries and Green Tourism Hidenobu Jinnai Professor, Graduate School of Engineering and Design, Hosei University 3,200,000
D14-R-0372 Exploring New Values for Religious Dialogue and Symbiosis: A Study of the Integration of Vietnamese and Catholic Cultures Le Ngoc Thuy Deputy Director, Center for Research Support and Development of Culture 3,500,000
D14-R-0482 A Study to See Agricultural Activities as a New Reference Value for a Sustainable Society through a Fact-finding and Comparative Research in Rural and Urban Area in Japan Makoto Katsumata Part-time Lecturer, Graduate School, Waseda University 4,800,000
D14-R-0637 Commonalities and Differences in the Meaning of Happiness: People's Voices about "Ideal Happiness" Yoshiaki Takahashi Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Information, and Systems, University of Tsukuba 4,000,000
D14-R-0723 Research on the Utilization of Museum Activities for Education for the Young Generation in the Philippines: Development of Mobile Exhibitions to Redress Regional Disparities in Educational Opportunities and Foster Human Resources to Manage Natural and Cultural Heritage Ayumi Terada Affiliate Assistant Professor, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo 3,500,000
D14-R-0798 The Transcultural Research for a New Concept of "Dignity of the Elderly" in Respect of the Present Condition of the Social Care for the Elderly (Including Persons with Dementia) and for a New Model of the Welfare Society Yasushi Kato Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University 6,000,000
D14-R-0840 Joint International Study on Sustainable Agricultural Development with Small Scale Farmers in the Context of International Agricultural Investment and Land Grabs: The Case of Northern Mozambique Minoru Obayashi Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Economics, Ryukoku University 6,400,000
D14-R-0919 New Value Propositions by Mutual-support Funds and Islamic Finance: A Community-based Economic Philosophy towards a Post-capitalist Society Shinsuke Nagaoka Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University 6,800,000
D14-R-0971 Limit to Urbanization: Application of Integrated Assessment for Smart City Development in India Tetsuo Tezuka Professor, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University 5,000,000
Sub Total 17 79,600,000
(B) Individual Research Grant
D14-R-0011 The Distinction of the Community in Institution for the Blind and Deaf-Dumb of Modern Japan: Acquisition of Historical Perspective in Special Support Education Schools Tomotake Kinoshita Part-time Lecturer, Japan College of Social Work 1,500,000
D14-R-0130 Exploring New Environmental Ethics for Conservation of Peatland Swamp Forests in Peninsular Malaysia Tapan Kumar Nath Associate Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus 700,000
D14-R-0139 A Study on Creative School Architecture in Rural Area of China: With the Aim of Closing the Gap of Education and the Post-earthquake Reconstruction Fan Yi Graduate Student, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University 1,500,000
D14-R-0145 It Unfolds with Generation of Morals Economy and the Volunteer Economy (an Area) under <Disasters-time Economy>: A Social Economic Assessment of the Revival Kamon Nitagai Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University 1,500,000
D14-R-0172 Creating Livable Space in Cities: The Contestation Over Urban Indigenous Squatter Communities in New Taipei City Tomonori Sugimoto Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University 1,300,000
D14-R-0251 Transforming the Exclusively Local Memories into a Unboundedly Global Tradition: Witnessing an Intercalation of History in Minamisoma's Emerging Disaster Folklore Ryo Morimoto Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University 800,000
D14-R-0285 Empowerment and Capacity Building of Artisanal Fishery: Community Based Resources Management Fraddry D' Souza Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute 1,200,000
D14-R-0512 The Potential Power of the Performing Arts in Creating Symbiosis, Interaction, and Collaboration with Others: An Ethnographic Study of the Performing Arts of Religious Minorities in Bali, Indonesia Ako Mashino Part-time Lecturer, Tokyo University of Arts 1,500,000
D14-R-0527 "Open Field Museum" Project in Southern Madagascar Shinichiro Ichino Researcher, The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University 1,500,000
D14-R-0795 Searching "Agriculture" and "Food" for New Values towards the Sustainability of Local Communities: Emergence of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Japan Hiroaki Murase Manager, NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting Co. Ltd. 1,200,000
D14-R-0849 Exploring Public Moral Values of Intergenerational Environmental Justice Matthew Cotton Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield 700,000
D14-R-0854 Community-based Integrated Hazards Mapping: A Disaster Management Approach among the Ifugaos of the Philippine Cordilleras Rachel Guimbatan-Fadgyas Environmental Planner, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners 1,300,000
D14-R-0993 Disaster Risk Reduction Based on Biodiversity Conservation Akira Mori Associate Professor, Graduate School of Environment and Information Science, Yokohama National University 1,500,000
D14-R-1110 Comprehensive Approach for Improvement of Living Environment in Urban Slum of Indonesia: Analysis on Urban Metabolism and its Harmonization with People's Value System Ken Ushijima Affiliate Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University 1,500,000
Sub Total 14 17,700,000
Total 31 97,300,000

For details of each project, please move to our "Search Projects" page, and search by each project's TYTID (for example: D14-R-00XX).

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