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The Kurata Grants are incentive grants for scientific research. They were established through the efforts of Chikara Kurata, the second president of Hitachi, Ltd., as a means to promote the development of Japanese science and technology. In 1967, the grants were set up through the contribution of funds aimed at this goal.
The Hitachi Global Foundation, through the promotion of science and technology, aims to contribute to the realization of Society 5.0*, which will realize both economic growth and the resolution of social issues through the development of science and technology.
To this end, the Foundation provides research grants to researchers who carry out basic and applied research in a natural science field or in an interdisciplinary field connecting the natural and social sciences.
* Society 5.0: This expression is used in the “5th Science and Technology Basic Plan” issued by the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government. Society 5.0 is seen as the latest stage in the development of human society. Human society evolved first from a hunting society to an agricultural society. It next developed to an industrial society, and then to an information society. Scientific and technological innovation will lead and shape the transformation that will create a new society, Society 5.0, to succeed the information society.
Researchers who belong to research institution in Japan (such as a graduate school with a doctoral course; a department under such a graduate school; or a corporation that can apply for research subsidies from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). Researchers of any nationality in these institutions can apply for the grants.
Eligible research areas
A selection committee is responsible for screening applications based on a review of application documents.
Open, electronic application. After confirming the application guidelines, please submit your application. We will not accept applications submitted by postal mail.
Kurata Grants Office, The Hitachi Global Foundation
the second president of Hitachi, Ltd.
【About the Kurata Grants】
In the early 1950s, Japan was faced with a situation in which Europe and the United States appeared to have overwhelmingly superior technology. At that time, Japan tended to rely on overseas technology in almost every field. President Kurata thought that as soon as possible Japan should promote science and technology that would benefit Japan. He resolved that Japan had to establish its own, world-class technology. This resolution became his lifetime goal. To achieve this goal, he contributed his company retirement allowance to set up the Kurata Grants.