The Toyota Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Research Grant Program 2018 to encourage ambitious researchers who seek new values for society by fundamentally exploring basic ways of thinking and methodologies on what approach they should take to address difficult issues to be faced in the future.
The Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program supports research projects in accordance with its program title, “Exploring New Values for Society”. The Foundation provides grants in support of research and operations in order to identify a diverse array of social issues, with a focus on areas of human and natural environment, social welfare, and education and culture.
- Designing social and economic systems for sustainable development within the limits of natural resources and the environment, and formulating indices to gauge human welfare as the basis for those systems; establishing a cross-generational ethics to consider how natural resources, energy sources, and a rich natural environment can be passed down to future generations
- Disclosing ideas of how to appropriately share the burdens resulting from natural and manmade disasters; assembling a methodology on how to minimize and disperse the risks associated with future disasters
- Establishing a model of distributive justice to address the expansion of social disparities and inequality, as well as the increasing disequilibrium between areas/localities; building basic perspective on how to revive the functioning of communities to protect the rights and to support the lives of vulnerable groups in society
- Formulating a concept for the formation of new communities in which people of different cultures and backgrounds can live in harmony, and seeking an overarching conceptual framework regarding human rights, equality, and justice that encompasses a diverse range of people; establishing new methodology for consensus building to promote conflict resolution and prevention and peace building
- Proposing new ideas and methodologies on how to preserve cultures and histories and pass them on to future generations; alternatively, reevaluating cultures and histories to enhance consideration of issues society is likely to face in the future.
- Grant amount: Maximum 8 million yen
- Up to 1.5 million yen for project teams of two persons or less (Total allocated grant amount: 60 million yen)
- Grant period: May 1, 2019, to April 30, 2021 (2 years)
- Project representatives must be 45 years old or under on the day of the beginning of the grant.
- No limitations are placed on proposals with regard to the nationality or place of residence of the project representative or participants; nor is there any restriction with regard to the candidate’s affiliation (or lack thereof) with a university, research institute, NPO/NGO, or other organization.