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Research Grant Program

Research Grant Program 2018

Research Grant Program

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.

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


Special Article







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.
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