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International Grant Program 2021

Program Title: Cultivating Empathy Through Learning from Our Neighbors:
Practitioners' Exchange on Common Issues in Asia

Program Objectives

The grant program focuses on deepening mutual understanding and knowledge-sharing among people on the ground in East and Southeast Asia who are finding solutions to shared issues. Through promoting direct interaction among key players, the grant program aims to survey and analyze situations in target countries, obtain new perspectives, and expand the potential of future generations.

With multinational teams comprised of participants from diverse backgrounds, projects can avoid conventional linear relationships, such as “supporter and supported” or “instructor and trainee,” and instead form cooperative and creative alliances that consider, act on, and construct solutions to shared issues. The grant program anticipates that these partnerships, which extend beyond such factors as nationality, age, and organizational affiliation, will produce significant social change through fostering a process of mutual learning.

Comments by Selection Committee Chair

Comments by the Selection Committee Chair on the International Grant Program 2021このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます

Grant List

TYTID Project Title Project Leader Position, Organization Grant Amount (yen)
One-Year Grant
D21-N1-0003 Harmonising Society through Migrant Worker and Foreign Investor Cultural Education Yasunari Urashima Country Director, NPO Japan ADRA (Adra Japan) 3,000,000
D21-N1-0006 Co-creation of civic education and community building methods using Taiwanese ICT and Japanese entertainment for the purpose of realizing zero emissions in East Asia Masataka Mori Researcher, Not-for-profit Organisation, issue+design 3,000,000
D21-N1-0022 Encountering to Understanding: how media can foster mutual learning across cultures Akira Morita Director of Program and Community Design, School of Slow Media 3,000,000
Two-Year Grant
D21-N2-0026 Design for People-Centered Circular Systems: Examining food packaging, services and hygiene concerns from post COVID-19 lifestyle changes Hiroshi Tamura Co-founder / Managing Director, Re:public, Inc. 9,000,000
D21-N2-0029 Building an educational model for improving community health through collaborative learning: The Japan-Thailand Multidisciplinary International Consortium Hirotake Mori Associate Professor, Department of General Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Juntendo University 8,500,000
D21-N2-0036 Sharing and communicating local issues through the collaboration of literature and film in the Mekong River Basin countries Hiroyuki Yamamoto Associate professor, Kyoto University 8,500,000
D21-N2-0047 Research, Mutual Learning and Network Formation on Human Rights Best Practices by Non-State Actors in COVID responses Ai Kihara-Hunt Associate professor, The University of Tokyo 9,200,000
D21-N2-0052 Shaping practice of mutual learning to redefine cancer and life without leaving anyone behind in local communities in Japan and China Norie Kawahara CEO, Asia Cancer Forum 7,500,000
D21-N2-0072 Financial support platform for Sustainable Circular Local Economy Keiichi Ishihara Professor, Graduate Schools of Energy Science, Kyoto University 8,600,000
D21-N2-0087 Building a simultaneous solution system for climate change and poverty - applying "+- model" of Taiwan in Thailand and Japan Saya Yukimoto Representative Director, NPO Glocal Human Development Center 9,700,000
Total 10 70,000,000

Grant Framework

Please read through the Guidlines for details.

East and Southeast Asia *1
elements for
Transnational, Cross Sector, Mutual Learning, Foresight
Project Period Two-Year Grant (Nov 2021 – Oct 2023)
One-Year Grant (Nov 2021 – Oct 2022)
Projects are required to;
1) identify issues and conduct a review by surveying and analyzing the situation in target countries;
2) carry out activities aimed at providing solutions to issues;
3) produce and disseminate tangible output
Diverse team based in multiple target countries. Team members could include those with practical experience and knowledge on addressing issues in the target countries, such as practitioners, researchers, creators, policy makers, and journalists and other media representatives.
Grant Amount (maximum per project) Two-Year Grant: JPY 10,000,000
One-Year Grant: JPY 3,000,000
Total Amount
of Grants
70 million yen
Proposal Submission Period From April 1 to June 5, 2021, 23:59 Japan Standard Time
Applications Web-based application via Foundation website only
Selection of
Formal decisions on the awarding of grants will be made by the Toyota Foundation Board of Directors at a meeting to be held in late September 2021, based on the deliberations of responsible Selection Committee consisting of external experts.

*1 East Asia: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia
   Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines,
   Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

Please also see FAQs.

Program Guidelines and Application Form

※The application closed on June 5, 2021. Thank you for your interest.

Online briefing sessions in Tokyo (not compulsory)

April 9, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (JST) Application closed
April 13, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (JST) Application closed
Please check the main questions and answers at the briefing session here. 

Aside from the briefing session, applicants can consult with the program officers of the Toyota Foundation in advance of applying via email.
Please refer to the program guidelines for the details and read the FAQ.

Two-Year Grant

Program Guidelines
Application Form (Sample)PDFファイル
*The Word version of blank application form is only available after Entry.

One-Year Grant

Program Guidelines
Application Form (Sample)PDFファイル
*The Word version of blank application form is only available after Entry.

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Recommended Documents

Event report "The Ways to Have a Better Dialogue for Empathy: Mutual Learning and Exchanges"

This booklet introduces the content of the joint symposium between the University of Tokyo Program for Leading Graduate Schools Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity (IHS) and the Toyota Foundation, which was held on February 7 and 8, 2020.
In this symposium, the grantees of the Toyota Foundation and the researchers and students in IHS have gathered and discussed various methods and experiences in project management as well as raising public interest in social issues, focusing on dialogues with society.

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The Toyota Foundation held a series of dialogue sessions inviting some former and present grantees.

In Baguio (the Philippines)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きますBangkok (Thailand)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます , and Sendai (Japan)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます, the participants shared their views on the International Grant Program and their experience of their granted project.
The Foundation would like to call the attention of potential applicants to the following booklet as it is full of lessons learned. It is strongly recommended to read.


International Grant Program evaluation report

The Toyota Foundation established the Evaluation Committee composed of four experts in May 2018 to evaluate the International Grant Program. The Evaluation Committee members and program officers of the International Grant Program team interviewed project representatives and members. 31 of the total 63 projects supported between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2017 were selected with consideration given to thematic and regional balance. 

This final report by the committee provides you some specific ideas about the aim and the targets of the International Grant Program. We would be glad if the potential grantees go through this report before they submit their proposals.

International Grant Program evaluation reportPDFファイル(341KB)

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