Research Grant
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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Applications have closed for this year. The information about the applications for the next year will be announced in March, 2015.

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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.

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