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Research Grant Program

Research Grant Program 2018

The application closed on August 3, 2018. Thank you for your interest. 

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 (Proposal Submission Period: Monday, July 23 to Friday, August 3, 2018 until 3:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time)
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

※ Application closed on August 3, 2018. Thank you for your interest.

: 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(yen) Final Report
D18-R-0022 Translating Bosai Values: Investigating the Role of ‘Playfulness’ in Disaster Cooperation between Japan and Chile Chika Watanabe University of Manchester,Lecturer 6,000,000
D18-R-0082 The Contribution of School Making Through Collaborative Process Towards Local Communities in Rural Area of China Fan Yi Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University,Assistant Prof. 5,800,000
D18-R-0117 Fostering Future Leaders: Comparative Study of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Education in East Asia and the West Aya Okada Tohoku University,Associate Professor 5,500,000
D18-R-0122 How do ecosystems of social businesses contribute to their oraganizational persistence and career developpments of their enterpreneurs and staffs: Comparing social networks at four cities in Japan and Korea. Akira Yonezawa Meiji gakuin University, Department of Sociology,Associate Professor 6,000,000
D18-R-0133 Establishment of general method to assess regional economic cycle of Regional Revitalization projects and development of new tool that can evaluate Kenji Inagaki Tokyo Metropolitan Government 3,700,000
D18-R-0136 Interdisciplinary research on autism across philosophy, medical science and psychoanalysis with a view to creating a new concept of 'diversity'. Koichiro Kokubun Tokyo Institute of Technology, Institute for Liberal Arts,Professor 2,800,000
D18-R-0156 Practical research to archive oral records of sexual minority movements Sachie Tsuruta Chiba University,Asociate Professor 5,800,000
D18-R-0281 Generation After: The Reconstitution of Kinship and Family Relations in Post-Genocide Rwanda Ms. Loes Loning School for African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics,
University of Cape Town, South Africa,Doctoral Researcher
D18-R-0303 Development of educational tools for inheriting the pathways of health improvement in postwar Japan Marika Nomura Japan International Cooperation Agency, Department of Human Development,Senior Advisor (Nutrition and Health) 5,800,000
D18-R-0310 The research for mental health support of people who support disabled people. Mariko Okishio Shohoku College,a full‐time lecture 5,800,000
D18-R-0325 Fukushima's memories for the future - "Support Book connecting parent and child" and handing down stories by experience - Mitsuru Matsutani Faculty of Contemporary Sociology, Chokyo University,Associate professor 5,800,000
D18-R-0360 How to enhance the autonomy of the laborers engaged in jobs created by the welfare-agriculture cooperation: applying the experience of the farmer-consumer partnership called "teikei" Tsunashima Hiroyuki Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University,Designated lecturer 5,600,000

Special Article

※ Application closed on December 21, 2018. Thank you for your interest.

Special Topic
"Co-Creating New Society with Advanced Technologies" 

Program Objectives

This new grant program supports projects tackling social issues arising from rapid development of advanced technologies such as AI and IoT. For details, please visit our Japanese site at http://www.toyotafound.or.jp/research/2018/

*"Co-Creating New Society with Advanced Technologies" application forms are only available in Japanese.

General Information

Call for Proposals October 15 to December 2, 2018
Total Amount of Grants 40 million yen
Grant Amount per Project Up to 10 million yen
Length of Grant One to 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 Meeting scheduled to be held in March 2019, based on the deliberations of a selection committee composed of outside experts.

Comments by Selection Committee Chair

List of Grants

Grant Number Project Title Project Representative Organization/Position Grant Amount Final Report
D18-ST-0005 Harmonisation towards the establishment of Person-centred, Robotics-aided Care System (HARP: RoCS) Naonori Kodate University College Dublin/ Assistant Professor in Social Policy

D18-ST-0008 Building platform on ethics and governance of artificial intelligence Arisa Ema Institute for Future Initiatives/ Project Assistant Professor 7,000,000
D18-ST-0028 Management tasks for promotion of digital transformation in the social welfare municipally organization Kota Takaoka Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology/
D18-ST-0040 The relationship between human and social agent from care ethics and the social implications Reina Saijo Kyoto University of Art and Design/ Part-time research fellow 3,000,000
D18-ST-0043 “Fudo”-nization of Advanced technology: How to imagine plausible future of human-computer interdependency Terukazu Kumazawa Research Institute for Humanity and Nature/ Associate Professor 4,800,000
D18-ST-0051 Study of legislative Issues on the Development and Problems of Social System that Utilize Advanced Technology - Utilization of Artificial Intelligence and Acceptance of Society ・ Law ・ Technology and Ethics ? Mayu Terada International Christian University College of Liberal Arts/ Associate Professor 5,200,000
D18-ST-0058 Building a Fact-Check Networking System to prevent the dissemination of mis/disinformation online Hitofumi Yanai FactCheck Initiative Japan/ Executive Director 4,300,000
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