Research Grant Program
Research Grant Program 2022
The New Partnership Programme for Nurturing Professionals
The Toyota Foundation and the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) has established a new partnership programme under the theme of “Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies” and wish to recruits researchers who will conduct research to transform social systems since FY2021.
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|TYTID||Project Title||Project Leader||Position, Organization||Grant Amount
|D22-RC-0001||"Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies" Research Project||Kensuke Fukushi||Director, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo||20,000,000|
Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies
Reevaluating Social Issues and Forging New Solidarity in the New Normal Era
The ongoing impact from the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has triggered widespread moves to reevaluate the existing form of society and take steps toward a “new normal.” Online lessons and teleworking utilizing digital technology are familiar examples of this, and new forms of “connections” between people are beginning to emerge for such new lifestyles.
Confronting COVID-19 was also a stark reminder that we are surrounded by nature, objects and technology above and beyond the connections between people. Likewise, there is much debate questioning the relationship between the existing social system and the natural environment based on new perceptions, such as the concept of the “Anthropocene.” Dealing with the issues highlighted by COVID-19 and creating a new society will require innovation that transforms the perceptions, lifestyles, and social systems of the past rather than superficial reforms. It is necessary to transcend existing ideas and perspectives and take on the challenge of issues focused on diverse connections (interlinkages), including those of people with people, people with nature, and people with things/technology to design a new future. Furthermore, in order to create a future society which promotes such innovation and fulfills these aspirations, it is important that the young researchers who will lead the next generation engage actively in research activities based on flexible and highly novel ideas, taking up the challenges of diverse issues to achieve a wealth of results.
Based on this awareness of the issues involved, since last year (2021) the Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program has supported research projects led by young researchers based on the theme “Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies: Reevaluating Social Issues and Forging New Solidarity in the New Normal Era.” The program invites proposals for projects that will ambitiously address the transformation of social systems based on free-thinking perspectives unconstrained by conventional frameworks. It is our hope that the results of this research will be enthusiastically disseminated to society beyond the boundaries of academia.
* “Researchers” in the grant program are defined as various individuals engaged in research activities, without being limited to researchers affiliated with a university or research institution. In addition, although our Research Grant Program encourages research projects that incorporate practice going beyond the academic framework, it asks them to raise issues, propose solutions, develop theories on phenomena with an eye on the future, rather than being for the purpose of practice itself. Please consider applying to the Grant Program for Community Activities in Japan for projects that are aimed at practice or implementation. For more details, please contact the Toyota Foundation staff.
Comments by Selection Committee Chair
・Comments by the Selection Committee Chair on the Research Grant Program 2022
・Previous comments are available in the Annual Report.
|Program Theme||Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies|
|Sub Theme||Reevaluating Social Issues and Forging New Solidarity in the New Normal Era|
|Grant Amount (Total)||50 million yen (per project, up to around ８ million yen/two years)|
|Grant Periods||Two years (Oct 1, 2022 to Sept 30, 2024)|
|Requirements||Project representatives must be 45 years old or under on the day of the beginning of the grant.|
|Project representatives must have a contact address in Japan.|
|Projects must be Joint research conducted by two persons or more.|
|No limitations are placed on proposals with regard to the nationality of the project representative or participants; nor is there any restriction with regard to the their affiliation (or lack thereof) with a university, research institute, NPO/NGO, or other organization.|
|Proposal Submission Period||April 4 to June 10, 2022, 15:00 Japan Standard Time|
|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 September 2022, based on the deliberations of a selection committee composed of outside|
Outline of the Grant Selection Schedule in 2022
Program Guidelines and Application Form
※The application closed on June 10, 2022. Thank you for your interest.
Online Briefing Sessions (not compulsory)
・April 14, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (JST) *Application closed
・April 25, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (JST) *Application closed
・May 10, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (JST) *Application closed
（The maximum participants is 100 for each session.)
The online briefing sessions will be held in Japanese only.
* Application deadlines for each briefing settion is set at noon of the preceding day. Therefore, the Zoom information will be sent to the registered emails on the preceding day.
Aside from the briefing session, applicants can make an appointment of consultation with the program officers of the Toyota Foundation. Please refer to the program guidelines for the details. (consultation ended)
Proposal Guidelines and Project Proposal Form Samples
Recommended Workshop Films
We held a grantee's workshop on August 21, 2022. You can watch the whole program of the workshop on YouTube Toyota Foundation Channel.
The workshop is in Japanese.
We have invited three grant projects and the selection committee chair to discuss the new theme of the Research Grant Program and motives for applying to the grant (held on March 10, 2022). The article of the online roundtable discussion is here
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