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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.


General Information

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 Proposal 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



List of Grants

Grant Number Project Title Project Representative Organization/Position Grant Amount Final Report
(A) Joint Research Grants
D17-R-0108 "Reciting" the Cosmology of Life and Death in Medieval Java: The qualitative shift of relief interpretation by audiovisual narrative and its potential for cultural transmission Akiko Nozawa Graduate School of Humanities,
Nagoya University/ Postdoctral Researcher
3,300,000
D17-R-0265 Seeking Nuclear Justice: International survey and comparison of compensation measures/systems for the victims of nuclear tests Seiichiro Takemine School of Humanities,
Meisei University/
Associate Professor
6,200,000
D17-R-0293 Transnational Innovation and the Future of Work in the Rural American Midwest Shaowen Bardzell School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering,
Indiana University Bloomington/
Associate Professor
2,300,000
D17-R-0362 Educational Values for a Sustainable Society: Head, Hands, Heart, and Happiness in Bhutan and beyond Matthew Schuelka School of Education,
University of Birmingham/
Lecturer
5,600,000
D17-R-0421 The Southeast Asian Haze Crisis: Public values as a pathway towards constructive cross-border sentiments and engagement Matthew Ashfold School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus/
Associate Professor
2,800,000
D17-R-0506 Moral Molecules: How new values are created Oliver Scott Curry Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford/
Senior Researcher
6,200,000
D17-R-0535 The Rise of Digital Farming: Investigating the role of social interaction and values in the "new agricultural revolution" Oane Visser International Institute of Social Studies,
Erasmus University Rotterdam/
Associate Professor
6,200,000
D17-R-0540 A Pursuit of Healthcare Promoting Well-being in Fukushima: Towards the full recovery from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident Akihiko Ozaki Department of Surgery,
Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital/
Associate Director
1,000,000
D17-R-0563 A Phenomenological Research Toward the Formation of New Concepts to Understand the Experience of Chronic Illness: A different perspective from medical cure or management Shiori Sakai Graduate School of Human Health Sciences,
Tokyo Metropolitan University/
Researcher
5,300,000
D17-R-0575 Designing the Concept of "Community Continuity Planning (CCP)" for Disaster Recovery Eiichiro Kudo Department of Commerce, Seinan Gakuin University/
Professor
3,100,000
D17-R-0635 A Study on Value Structure of Shrine Space for the Disaster Risk Reduction on Nankai Megathrust Earthquake Tomoki Takada Department of Civil Engineering,
Kobe City College of Technology/
Associate Professor
5,200,000
D17-R-0678 Development of "Narrative Video Archive" for the Empowerment of Students with Disabilities Yoko Setoyama Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo Medical University/
Assistant Professor
5,700,000
D17-R-0709 Bottom-up Approach to Land Concession in Vietnam: Strengthening effective small and medium enterprises Nghiem
Thi
Phuong
Tuyen
Central Institute for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies,
Vietnam National University, Hanoi/
Senior Researcher
4,800,000
D17-R-0714 "Open Preservation" of Historical Wooden Furniture as Cultural Heritage in Use: A study of a new concept of cultural heritage and the practice of its preservation and reuse Misako Mishima The Kyushu University Museum/
Associate Professor
5,100,000
D17-R-0761 Exploring "Atoll Resilience" :Strategy of the oceanic atoll to survive weather disaster chain Naoko Fukayama Faculty of Urban Liberal Arts,
Tokyo Metropolitan University/
Associate Professor
3,800,000
D17-R-0770 "Children Born of Asian Pacific War": Study of Japanese fathered children under Japanese military occupation of Southeast and East Asia during the Second World War Kaori Maekawa Netherlands Foundation for War Victims in the East: Japanese Archives and Contacts (SOO)/
Representative Director
6,000,000
D17-R-0783 Community Project for Research, Preservation and Transmission of the History of Japanese Immigration in Northeastern Mexico Shinji Hirai Northeastern Unit, Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico/
Dean
6,000,000
D17-R-0837 Construction of a Social System in which Ebola Survivors Do Not Become Socially Vulnerable Tokiko Watanabe Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo/
Project Associate Professor
5,100,000
Sub Total  18 83,700,000
(B) Individual Research Grants
D17-R-0088 Receptivity and Innovation: Is the public's openness to novelty always conduvice to aggregate innovation? Yuichi Furukawa School of Economics,
Chukyo University/
Professor
1,400,000
D17-R-0128 India's Biometric Identity Project: Data privacy and new social values for wider society in the information age Pawan Deep Singh Faculty of Arts and Education,
Deakin University/
New Generation Network Scholar
800,000
D17-R-0143 Functions of Personality and Diversity within a Group: Testing using model organisms and ecological big data Yuma Takahashi Graduate School of Science,
Chiba University/
Assistant Professor
1,400,000
D17-R-0147 Beyond Demagogues and Deplorables: Transforming populist rhetoric for participatory futures Nicole Curato Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance,
University of Canberra/
Senior Research Fellow
1,600,000
D17-R-0149 The Practical Possibilities of Compromise Between Chauvinism and Internationalism: A clarification of contemporary developments of the right of natural communication through the case study of the North America Natsuko Matsumori School of International Relations,
University of Shizuoka/
Associate Professor
800,000
D17-R-0183 What Happened to "Failed" ODA Projects?: A long-term evaluation of development project from a inter-dependency perspective Jin Sato Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia,
The University of Tokyo/
Professor
1,600,000
D17-R-0454 Knowledge in Migration: Deskilling and skill development among Indonesian care workers in the Netherlands Maggi Leung Faculty of Geosciences,
Utrecht University/
Associate Professor
1,400,000
D17-R-0498 Remaking of Communities at the Edge of Capitalist Frontiers: An ethnographic case study of displacement in Mozambique Kei Otsuki Faculty of Geosciences,
Utrecht University/
Assistant Professor
1,500,000
D17-R-0566 Succession and Reconsturuction of Festivals/Folk Performing Arts in Overaged and Depopulated Communities: Focusing on the role of mediator between inhabitants, out-migrants, incomers, and volunteers Shunsuke Takeda School of Human Cultures,
The University of Shiga Prefecture/
Lecturer
1,200,000
D17-R-0650 The Immanent Comprehension and the Expression of the Sensibilities of the Others: A cultural anthropological approach to Peruvian modern gastronomy Shu Fujita Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
The University of Tokyo/
Graduate student
1,000,000
D17-R-0669 Reconfiguration of Power Relationship in the Global Governance of Refugee Protection: The role of the global civil society network, APRRN Won Geun Choi Department of Political Science,
University of Hawaii at Manoa/
Graduate student
800,000
D17-R-0780 How Can We Talk about Coal Mines?: A folklore study through learning, listening, thinking, and talking with local residents in Chikuhō, a former coal mining area in Japan Akari Kawamatsu Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
The University of Tokyo/
Graduate student
1,400,000
D17-R-0787 What is the Value of "Wild"?: Case studies of recreational hunting in Hokkaido, Japan and Hawaii, USA Akito Yasuda Faculty of Arts and Science,
Kyushu University/
Associate Professor
1,400,000
Sub Total  13 16,300,000
Total 31 100,000,000



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