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International Grant Program 2022

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 Asia, Southeast Asia, and South 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 2022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)
D22-N-0008 Project for Developing Human Resource Capacity in Pathology for Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Cambodia and Laos Yurie Soejima Junior Associate Professor, GraduateSchool of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University 7,000,000
D22-N-0010 Development of Joint Distance Education Program to Prepare for International Cross-border Telework Dissemination Through Mutual Learning among Japan and Asian Countries Takashi Sekiyama Associate Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University 7,000,000
D22-N-0011 Mother tongue and national language education for transnational migrant children: Roles of the host country for Non-Formal Education Classes run by migrant communities in Japan Masako Tanaka Professor, Faculty of Global Studies, Sophia University 10,000,000
D22-N-0021 Construction of an International Framework for Promoting Research Integrity in Asia and Development of Expert Human Resources Jun Fudano Member, Board of Directors, Association for the Promotion of Research Integrity (APRIN) 7,000,000
D22-N-0034 Promoting International Exchange and Building Education Platforms to Train Asian University Students to become Changemakers Miki Inui Professor/Assitant to the President, School of Human Science and Environment, University of Hyogo 7,000,000
D22-N-0038 Establishing countermeasures for climate change adaptive agriculture in the Bengal region Tetsuo Tsutsui Chairperson, Share the Planet Association 8,000,000
D22-N-0042 Rediscovery and Effective Reuse of Hidden Regional Assets by Holding Citizens’ Workshops in Asian Historical Cities - For Restoration and Strengthening of Social Ties Masafumi Fujino Chairperson, Public Interest Incorporated Association Nara Machizukuri Center 8,000,000
D22-N-0047 Survey on the psychological burden of children with difficulties in accessing social protection and an empirical study of cross-border care methods in Bangladesh and Japan Ryosuke Sugaya CEO and Founder, Certified Non Profit Organization very50 8,000,000
D22-N-0087 Advancing indigenous wild gardens for healthy and biodiverse food systems in Asia: A transboundary and transdisciplinary platform for science and ethnic minority collaboration Hart N., FEUER Associate Professor, Faculty/Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University 8,000,000
Total 9 70,000,000

Grant Framework

Please read through the Project Proposal Guidelines for details.

East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia *
elements for
Transnational, Cross Sector, Mutual Learning, Foresight
Project Period One year (Nov 2022 – Oct 2023) or Two years (Nov 2022 – Oct 2024)
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) One-year project: JPY 5,000,000
Two-year project: JPY 10,000,000
Total Amount
of Grants
70 million yen
Proposal Submission Period From April 1 to June 4, 2022, 11:59 p.m. 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 2022, based on the deliberations of responsible Selection Committee consisting of external experts.

* 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
   South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Please also see FAQs.

Program Guidelines and Application Form

※The application closed on June 4, 2022. Thank you for your interest.

Online briefing sessions in Tokyo (not compulsory) *The language will be in Japanese.

April 8, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (JST)  Application closed
April 19, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (JST)  Application closed
Please check the main questions and answers at the briefing session in April 2022 hereこのリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます. 

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 Project Proposal Guidelines for the details and read the FAQ.

Recommended Movies

Online Luncheon Seminar 2021: "Ethics and Logics of International Collaborative Projects"このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます

In this series of seminars, we not only introduced the content of the projects, but also discussed the underlying ethics and logics of these projects in depth with experts, and disseminated the content to those who were interested in.

Online Luncheon Seminar 2020: "Learning from Each Other in the Age of COVID-19: Human Mobility and the Future of Multicultural Society"このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます

Grantees of the Toyota Foundation's International Grant Program and the Special Subject Program "Migrants and Japanese Society", discussed the impact of COVID-19 on their projects, as well as changes and issues related to international human mobility and shared their knowledge and experience, in line with the keywords of "Medical Care and Nursing Care" and "Information and Institution”.

Recommended Documents

The Ways to Have a Better Dialogue for Empathy: Mutual Learning and ExchangesPDFファイル(2331KB)

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)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます 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.


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 booklet as it is full of lessons learned. It is strongly recommended to read.

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

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.

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