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Hitachi Fund Support for Research Related to Infectious Diseases is a grant program to provide grants for evidence-based research projects aiming to academically research, analyze, and study the various issues that have surfaced due to the pandemic of COVID-19, and then share the learnings internationally. This fund has been established by donations from Hitachi, Ltd., its executives and employees of Hitachi, Ltd., and executives of Hitachi Group companies based on our vision.
From December, 2021, we will provide grants for the selected research projects up to three years to support researchers who research on relevant to build a more resilient society.
We received 42 applications through the application period from April through June, 2021. After a rigorous review by the selection committee, we are pleased to announce that five research projects have been selected for funding.

Selected Research Projects

Comprehensive Research

Project Name Principal Researcher
International Joint Study on Public Health Economics and Value Assessment of Prevention in Pandemic – Lessons learned from COVID-19 and evidence-based recommendations for future crisis Akio Onishi
Visiting Professor
Graduate School of Public Policy
The University of Tokyo

Field Expanding Research

Project Name Principal Researcher
Malaria eradication in the era of COVID-19 pandemic: a study integrating sociological, economic, and medical approaches to overcome the challenges in tropical Africa Akira Kaneko
Head, Research Center for Infectious Disease Sciences
Professor, Department of Parasitology
Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine
Covid-19 and Society: Comparative Analysis of Risk Communication, Expertise, and Citizenship Mikihito Tanaka
Faculty of Political Science and Economics
Waseda University
Exploration of Practical Wisdom and Resilience Overcoming Downside Risk -Collecting grassroots voices in Africa under COVID-19 Kazuyo Hanai
Assistant Professor
Institute for Future Initiatives
The University of Tokyo
Implementing wastewater-based epidemiology in Asian communities to strengthen resilience against pandemics Eiji Haramoto
Interdisciplinary Center for River Basin Environment
University of Yamanashi


The Hitachi Global Foundation
"Hitachi Fund Support for Research Related to Infectious Diseases" Administrative Group
6-1, Marunouchi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8220

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