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Research Grant Program 2017

Research Grant Program

Program Title: Exploring New Values for Society

Program Objectives

Research Grant Program 2017, titled “Exploring New Values for Society”, supports ambitious projects that adopt a panoramic view of the world and look generations into the future to seek new values for society by fundamentally exploring novel philosophies and arts to address difficult issues to be faced by future society; issues that are on a global scale; issues that transcend generations; and nascent problems that will only fully manifest themselves in the future.

Grant Frameworks

Call for Proposals May 1 to September 8, 2017
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 per year
(B) Individual Research Grants: Up to around 1 million yen per year
Grant Periods One year or two years, beginning May 1, 2018
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 2018, based on the deliberations of a selection committee composed of outside experts.

Proposal Guidelines and Application Form Samples (Application Closed)

NOTE: The Research Grant Program receives hundreds of proposals each year and its selection rate has remained lower than 5 percent at least for the previous 5 years. However, after each round of call for proposals, the selection committee members and the foundation officers are often disappointed to find numerous applications which have been submitted without sufficient consideration of the objectives of the program represented by the title, “Exploring New Values for Society”.

The most obvious, but the most important advice by the foundation for those who intend to submit a proposal to the Research Grant Program is to initially read the proposal guidelines carefully prior to starting the application procedure. After gaining an adequate understanding of the grant objectives, applicants are expected (i) to explain clearly what social issues they will address and what sort of new values they will pursue in order to respond to the specified issues; (ii) to describe in concrete terms the objectives of the proposed project and the content and methods of the research that will be implemented; and (iii) to describe in detail the anticipated content of the results of the research, the forms in which they will be presented and the methods and targets for diffusing the results.

Applicants are also strongly recommended to read and consider the formal comments below by the selection committee chair on the past grant selections. 

More hints for understanding the objectives of the program can be found further below in the special article edited and published by the foundation, “Selection Committee Members Talk with Grantee”.

Comments by Selection Committee Chair

Grant List

Special Article

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