Type of Funding
The Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program 2019 is entitled “Exploring New Values for Society” and supports ambitious projects that adopt a panoramic view of the world and which tackle issues for 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. The projects have to solve issues that are on a global scale, that transcend generations and examine nascent problems that will only fully manifest themselves in the future.
There are no restrictions on the areas of research or the methods employed. For both categories, the projects should be creative and reflect a youthful perspective, and display new values for society. The findings should be disseminated in many places and provoke a range of lively discussions. The objective of the program is to encourage ambitious projects that seek new values for society by fundamentally exploring basic ways of thinking and methodologies on how to address difficult issues to be faced in the future.
Grants are for 2 years commencing 1 April 2020. The total amount of grants available is JPY 60 million; each project will receive grants of up to JPY 8 million. For project teams comprising 2 persons or less, the maximum grant is JPY 1.5 million yen per team.
The grant cannot be used to pay the personal or living expenses of the project representative or participants; however, grants may be used to pay the remuneration of outside specialists providing advice or lectures and for those engaged in assisting project work.
Applications must be done by teams of 3 members or more. Proposals by teams of 2 persons or less will be accepted in cases where it is difficult to organize a team of 3 persons due to reasons such as the novelty of the social issues targeted by the project.
Project representatives must be 45 years old or below. All nationalities may apply, but the project representative must have a residence (contact) address in Japan. 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 of the project representative or participants, or their affiliation (or lack thereof) with a university, research institute, NPO/NGO, or other organization. Both graduates and university students may submit proposals as project representatives.
Toyota particularly welcomes proposals for interdisciplinary and cross-sectional projects that involve the participation or cooperation of those with diverse backgrounds – involving both university academics and those active in civil society movements. Toyota also welcomes projects that involve international collaboration.
Applications are to be done online by 13 September 2019.