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General Research Grant

This Grant is awarded for research and development of new materials, processing technology and new functions regarding high polymers in science and engineering.

Applications for the 2021 General Research Grant are no longer being accepted.

Application Guidelines

Area of Focus

This grant is awarded for research and development of new materials, processing technology and new functions regarding high polymers in science and engineering.

  1. Research on the development of new functional polymeric materials
  2. Research on molding, cutting, and adhesion of polymers
  3. Research on new technology regarding metal molds to mold polymers
  4. Development of new functional parts using plastics
  5. Research on the disposal and recycling of polymers


Researchers specializing in science and engineering employed at a university in Japan (excluding undergraduate and graduate students)

Size of the Grant

100 million yen in total
The Foundation plans to provide 1 to 5 million yen to each researcher.
The applicant is asked to write the amount estimated for research within the limit of the grant in the application form.

Application Period

Wednesday, April 28 – Wednesday, June 30, 2021 *Application must arrive no later than the 30th.

How to Apply

Each applicant is required to have approval for the application from the head of his/her institution. Examples of qualifying individuals would be the director of your laboratory, your department chairperson, or the dean of your faculty. We recommend that you obtain approval from the highest relevant authority possible.

Submission Method

  1. Application Forms (1 original and 7 copies. Double-sided copy cannot be accepted.)
    If supplementary documents are included, please ensure that they are concise and included with all copies of the application.
    • *Supplementary documents are optional. They would include descriptions of research content.
  2. Please include two standard-size self-addressed envelopes for announcement of the results (1 for the applicant and 1 for the recommender. Clearly write the respective name and address, and include an 84-yen stamp on each envelope.)

Selection Method

  1. The Selection Committee discusses the selection of candidates and the amount of grants to be awarded, then the Board of Directors makes the final determination.
  2. Announcement of the selection results
    Selection and amount awarded will be announced to individual applicants and recommenders in mid October 2021.
    Please be advised we do not provide an explanation for our decision regarding selection.

Provision of the Grant

  1. Grants will be issued after the required grant agreement between individual successful applicants and the Foundation has been concluded.
  2. If the grant is related to a scholarship, the applicant must submit the official application forms after receiving notification of the scholarship. As soon as all procedures are completed, the Foundation will provide the grant.

Use of the Awarded Grant

The Foundation does not limit the use of the awarded grant as long as the grantee uses it to effectively promote his/her research and achieves results. However, grants cannot be used to purchase computers (including software for OS), multi-function printers, digital cameras, and other items that can be used for general purposes.
There are no annual limitations or limitations for the research period.

Reporting Obligation

All recipients of the research grants awarded by the Foundation are required to submit the "Progress Report" on the form provided by the Foundation, along with the completed "Detailed Statement of Uses of the Grant" form, within three months after completion of the relevant research. The report will be included in the Annual Report and posted on the official website of the Foundation. Please do not exercise copyright or moral rights of the author. If the research period is protracted, we may ask the recipient to submit an interim report. In addition, if any recipient publishes research on the same theme used to acquire the General Research Grant from the Foundation in an academic journal, the recipient must submit a copy of the published research to the Foundation.

Address for Submission of Application Documents

Before submission of the application documents to the below address, ensure that all required content described in the Application Guidelines are included. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

[Administrative Office]
Toshiaki Ogasawara Memorial Foundation
Address: Nifco Inc., Mita Bellju Building 20F, 5-36-7 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8522 Japan
Attention: Ms. Murata
TEL: 03-5476-2174 (domestic) / +81-3-5476-2174 (from oversea)
Website: https://ogasawarazaidan.or.jp
Email: contact-tech@ogasawarazaidan.or.jp

Privacy Policy

All personal information obtained by the Foundation will only be used within the scope necessary to review, process and finalize the grant.
The Foundation shall not provide personal information to a third party without obtaining the consent of the relevant individual.


Please feel free to contact us for more details about grants via e-mail or by phone.

Toshiaki Ogasawara Memorial Foundation Administrative Office

Nifco Inc., Mita Bellju Building 20F, 5-36-7 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8522 Japan

Contact by Phone

TEL: 03-5476-2174 (domestic) / +81-3-5476-2174 (from oversea)

Open: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*Excluding Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and special holidays in summer, etc.