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Research Grant Program

Research Grant Program 2018

Research Grant Program

Please note the changes in the program from the previous year.



Main Topic
"Exploring New Values for Society"


Program Objectives

The main topic of Research Grant Program 2018, titled “Exploring New Values for Society”, supports ambitious projects that adopt a panoramic view of the world and look generations into the future in order 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 June 4 to August 3, 2018
Total Amount of Grants 60 million yen
Grant Amount per Project Up to 8 million yen
Length of Grant Two years, beginning May 1, 2019
Requirements In principle, project teams of three persons or more are eligible for the grant. (Proposals by teams of two persons or less shall be accepted in cases where it is difficult to organize a team of three persons due to reasons such as the novelty of the social issues targeted by the project.)
Project representatives must be 45 years old or under on the day of the beginning of the grant.
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 2019, based on the deliberations of a selection committee composed of outside experts.



Proposal Guidelines and Proposal Form Samples

Proposal Guidelines and Project Proposal Form files for Research Grant Program 2018 will be disclosed on June 4, 2018.

​For your information, files for the previous year are available below.


Comments by Selection Committee Chair


List of Grants


Special Article







Special Topic
"Co-Creating New Society with Advanced Technologies" (tentative)


Program Objectives

This special topic program supports projects tackling social issues arising from rapid development of advanced technologies such as AI and IoT. The scheme will be fixed through discussion sessions and interviews with experts, and the details will be announced on the website in October.

General Information

Call for Proposals October 15 to November 2, 2018
Total Amount of Grants 40 million yen
Grant Amount per Project Up to 30 million yen
Length of Grant Two or three years, beginning May 1, 2019
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 2019, based on the deliberations of a selection committee composed of outside experts.


Proposal Guidelines

Details will be available in October, 2018.

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