Research Grant Program
Research Grant Program 2021
The New Partnership Programme for Nurturing Professionals Begins
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.
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|Partnership Programme: “Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies”
|Director, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo
New Grant Program!
Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies:
Reevaluating Social Issues and Forging New Solidarity in the New Normal Era
Our daily lives have changed dramatically due to the unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid utilization of digital technology for online lessons and teleworking is not only requiring us to become serious about tackling the full-scale expansion of education about and using IT and workstyle reform, which had been delayed. It is also pushing us to interact with people in ways we have never experienced before, particularly in the ways we communicate in the new setting of cyberspace. In addition, COVID-19 has also provided the opportunity for a fundamental reevaluation of the existing social systems and interactions between human beings and the natural environment.
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, the new Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program will support 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” starting from 2021. 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.
Comments by Selection Committee Chair
・Comments by the Selection Committee Chair on the Research Grant Program 2021
・Previous comments are available in the Annual Report.
|Interlinkages and Innovation for Future Societies
|Reevaluating Social Issues and Forging New Solidarity in the New Normal Era
|Grant Amount (Total)
|40 million yen (per project, up to around ８ million yen/two year)
|Two years (Oct 1, 2021 to Sept 30, 2023)
|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.
|Project teams of two persons or more are eligible for the grant.
|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 12 to June 18, 2021, 15:00 Japan Standard Time
|Formal decisions on the awarding of grants will be made at the Toyota Foundation Board of Directors meetings scheduled to be held in September 2021, based on the deliberations of a selection committee composed of outside
Outline of the Grant Selection Schedule in 2021
Program Guidelines and Application Form
※The application closed on June 18, 2021. Thank you for your interest.
Online Information Sessions (not compulsory)
April 20, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (JST) closed
April 28, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (JST) closed
May 13,2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM(JST) closed
（The maximum number of participants is 100 for each session.)
The online information sessions above will be held in Japanese only.
*Application deadline of the information settion is at noon of the previous day of the session. Details of the zoom information will be send the previous day of the session to registered e-mail address.
Aside from the information 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.