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The funds are provided to assist original and challenging international research which meets social as well as academic demands in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

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Research Grant Application Guidelines (2014) Areas: Humanities and Social Sciences

Two major objectives of The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation are 1) to contribute to the society by promoting international understanding and 2) to realize the society where mankind respect and harmonize with nature under the concept
     --- coexistence of Nature and Mankind.
In line with this goal, the foundation provides funds to research activities in the areas of humanities and social sciences which pertain to above mentioned two objectives.

(I) Focus and Scope of Research to be granted

1. Focus and Scope of Research
Research activities of social, academic and international needs in the areas of humanities and social sciences which promote international understanding and/or coexistence of Nature and Mankind. Those should contribute to the society by developing personnel with international perspective, establishing international relationships, solving various issues existing between Japan and other countries, and coexistence of Nature and Mankind. ; especially pioneering research based on creative ideas is welcomed.
Ineligible Research
  • Profit-making research or those which have a high probability of profit making.
  • Research which has substantially been completed.
  • Research which requires a huge amount of research expenses.
  • Research that the periods of which are less than half of the terms of research grants.
2. Eligibility and Conditions for Applicants
  • Students in doctoral course and researchers within five years after finishing doctoral course, who have not received grants from the Foundation in the past.
  • There are no restrictions based on nationality, affiliation, or area of residence.

(II) Outline of the Grants

1. Number of Grant Recipients
Around 40 students/researchers
2. Amount of Grants
  • The maximum amount of grant per student/researcher is 500,000 yen.
  • The amount of each grant will be assessed by the content of each research project and the rationality of its budget.
3. Term of Grants
Term of grants shall be one year from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
4. Use of Grants
  • Grants are for necessary expenses in carrying out and putting research plans in order, and expenses shall be itemized in accordance with List of Items of Expenditures in a separate page. The Applied amount and the itemized budget should always match with each other.
  • Expenses required for printing reports, issuing publications, holding symposiums and attending international academic conferences for the purpose of opening the results of the research to the public shall NOT be included in the grants.
5. Main Duties of the Recipients and Others
  • The recipients of the grants shall conclude agreements with the Foundation and report on the process, results and accounts of research upon completion to the Foundation.
  • Please take note in advance that the process and result of the research will be made public through the website etc. of the Foundation.

(III) Method and Criteria of Screening

1. Screening Method
Careful and fair screening will be conducted by the screening committee of the Foundation in late July, 2014.
2. Notice of the result
The result of the decisions will be informed to the applicants by e-mail by the beginning of August, 2014, but please understand that the Foundation will not respond to inquiries regarding reasons of the decision.
3. Criteria of Screening
In screening, the following items are considered;
In the areas of humanities and social sciences,
(1) Research which is in line with two objectives of the Foundation,
(2) Research which has high social and academic needs,
(3) Research which is creative and pioneering,
(4) Research which will be carried out by highly motivated and competent researchers and has excellent research plans and setups, and
(5) Research with rational and appropriate budgets.

(IV) Application Procedures

1. How to Get Application Forms
Please download and use the application forms posted on the website of the Foundation:
http://matsushita-konosuke-zaidan.or.jp/en/works/research/data/kj_shin_e.doc
2. How to Apply
(1) Fill in your application form
(2) Obtain the letter of recommendation
(3) Get your "Reference Number" by registering your application through the following web site.
      https://matsushita-konosuke-zaidan.or.jp/system/src/form/application.php?mode=2
(4) Write down your Reference Number in the specified section in all the application forms.
(5) Upload application form and letter of recommendation through the following web site.
      https://matsushita-konosuke-zaidan.or.jp/system/src/form/login.php?mode=2
      You may send the application form and the letter of recommendation to the Foundation by post.
      Please do not print on both sides of papers.
      (The document should be anopisthographic.)
3. Application Forms
Form No.1 Applicants must provide the E-mail address to be contacted during the screening period (July - September).
Form No.2-4 Applicants must explain the general purpose as well as the academic and social significance of their research in the "Purpose of the Research" section.
Form No.5 Applicants must write a summary of their Master thesis. If the applicant is not required to submit a Master thesis for his/her educational institution, the applicant must provide an alternative summary.
Form No.6 Applicants should refer to the "List of Items of Expenditures for Research Grants" explained in the last page of these guidelines when specifying and itemizing budget details.
Form No.7, 8 Applicants must provide the name and the title of reference person who is a specialist in the related area of the research theme in Form No.7.
In addition, a letter of recommendation Form No.8 with Signature of reference person is required.
Letter of recommendation can be written in a separate format (letter style) within two pages.
  • Languages used to fill in the application forms shall be Japanese or English.
  • Those who use personal computers (Microsoft Word) are requested to key in necessary items directly on application forms. Those who do not use Microsoft Word are requested to download the PDF files and write by typing or using black ink. (In case of using personal computer or word processor, please use a font larger than "10.5" for sheet No.2, 3, 4, 5. )
4. Important notes
  • Addition of papers, use of non-standardized forms and attachment of materials shall not be accepted. Also, applications with a large number of words using very small size of font shall not be accepted.
  • Application form, once submitted, will not be returned, so please make sure to retain copies.
  • Within two weeks after the receipt of both application form and letter of recommendation, the Foundation will inform the receipt of such to applicants. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt, please inquire as to the receipt of your application.
  • Incomplete application forms (including disorderly written ones) could be excluded from the screening process.
  • The application process will be carried out only once a year.
4. Reception Period of Application
April 1(Tue) - May 16(Fri), 2014
Application forms must reach the Foundation by May 16.

(V) Inquiries for Applications

If you have any inquires about application, please send E-mail to the following address.

Address The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation
1006 Kadoma, Osaka 571-8501, Japan
Tel 81-6-6908-4488
Fax 81-6-6906-4124
E-mail grants@gg.jp.panasonic.com

Research Grant

Guide for each form Procedure for Research Grant
Document required for Change of the Research plan Document required for Change of the Research plan
Document required for Suspension of the Research plan Document required for Suspension of the Research plan
Documents required when you complete the research Research Grant Financial Report
Research Report
Documents required to report the publication of the research Report of Publication of Research Results