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The Hitachi Global Foundation

The Kurata Grants

Promotion of Academic Research, Science and Technology

The Hitachi Global Foundation supports researchers who engage, in the pursuit of solutions to global social challenges, in creative and pioneering research in the natural sciences and engineering or in the humanities and social sciences research which is related to advanced technological societies. The Hitachi Global Foundation supports researchers who engage, in the pursuit of solutions to global social challenges, in creative and pioneering research in the natural sciences and engineering or in the humanities and social sciences research which is related to advanced technological societies.

The Kurata Grant is a research fund for the advancement of science and technology in Japan proposed by and established with a donation from the second president of Hitachi, Ltd., the late Chikara Kurata, in 1967.

Eligibility

  1. 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 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research –KAKENHI–)
    Post-graduate students are eligible to apply.
  2. Recommendation from the head of the institution to which the applicant belongs
    (e.g. Chancellor/President, Graduate School Dean, Faculty Dean, Director/Chairperson, Research Institute Director, direct superior, etc.) is required.
  3. There are no restrictions regarding nationality.
  4. Natural Sciences and Engineering: must be 45 or younger as of April 1 in the application year
    Humanities and Social Sciences: no age restrictions
  • * Limited to researchers affiliated with research organizations in Japan. Applications from abroad are not accepted.

Grant Categories

Grant Categories
Category Natural Sciences and Engineering Humanities and Social Sciences
Research
Area
Creative and pioneering research by young researchers (age of 45 or under) which contributes to the solution of social challenges from an international perspective. Applications can be made in the three areas below and specific examples can be found in the separate Application Guidelines. An interdisciplinary research from a natural sciences and engineering perspective in these fields is also eligible.
Ⅰ. Energy and the Environment
Ⅱ. Urban Development and Transportation
Ⅲ. Healthcare
Research which analyzes societal transformations brought about by advances in science and technology and the complex and interconnected issues which form the background of such from a humanities and social sciences perspective (society, culture, literature, history, philosophy, ethics, law, economics, etc.)in the exploration of the meaning and value of the development of science and technology and the forms that society can take. The Application Guidelines provide examples of eligible research.
Grant Amount (One Year Grants) 1,000,000 JPY per grant
(Two Year Grants) 3,000,000 JPY per grant
800,000 to 1,000,000 JPY per grant
Number of Grants (One Year Grants) 25 per year
(Two Year Grants) 3-4 per year
10 per year
Research Period One or two years (selected during application) One year

Expenses Covered

The grant can be used for direct expenses relating to the realization of the research aims. Note, however, that the following expenses are outside the scope of the grant:

  1. Indirect expenses for the maintenance of the general research environment of the affiliated institution (overhead)
  2. Personnel costs corresponding to wages of the principal and collaborating researchers

Selection

A selection committee of outside experts will conduct a review based on the submitted documents.

Schedule

Schedule

Application Method

Applications can be made online via an open call.
Download the application guidelines and application documents from the relevant web page and make your application using the dedicated application form. Applications sent via post will not be accepted.

[Documents Required for Application]
(1) Application form (research plan + research resume)
(2) Recommendation
(3) Publications as support material for the review process (maximum of three)

Application for Kurata grants in 2020 has ended.

[Contact]

Kurata Grants Office, The Hitachi Global Foundation
e-mail kurata@hdq.hitachi.co.jp

Chikara Kurata
Hitachi,Ltd. Second President,
Chikara Kurata

【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.