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Toyota Foundation

Grants for research and applied projects in subject areas that link society and culture with environmental issues

Principal Office: Japan

The Toyota Foundation supports research and applied projects relating to human and natural environments, social welfare, and education and culture.

The Foundation makes grants in Japan and internationally.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

The Toyota Foundation offers competitive grants in two program areas relevant for the developing world.

1 — International Grant Program. This program aims to promote cooperation in Japan and other eligible Asian countries in defined themes of social, cultural, and environmental importance.

The grants support applied one-year projects intended to generate recommendations that can be shared with other stakeholders. Projects focus in one or several of the eligible countries.

[content_box box_type=”e.g. normal”]APPLICATION: The Foundation posts program guidelines, a sample application form, and frequently asked questions.

The Foundation will consider funding a single institution, but it gives priority to teams of various backgrounds (e.g. government, academic, civil society, etc.) to generate greater impact.

Applications are made online during an annual application period.

About the program, and how to apply

2 — Research Grant Program. The Foundation encourages ambitious research that explores new social values and social issues. It favors ground-breaking ideas, concepts, and theories capable of taking the world into the future.

Previous grants include several that link social systems and culture with natural resources, environment, and agriculture in developing countries.

The Foundation makes grants to institutions (joint research grants), and to young researchers (individual research grants). There are no restrictions by age, affiliation, or profession.

[content_box box_type=”e.g. normal”]APPLICATION: Toyota posts program guidelines; application forms (one for joint grants, and another for individual grants); and comments by the chair of the selection committee to clarify the objectives of the program.

Applications are made online during an annual calendar application period.

About the program, and how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


Note: The scope for research grants is worldwide. The international grants focus on eligible countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia (this program replaces the former Asian Neighbors Program).

The Foundation’s web site is available in Japanese and English.

In addition to the two programs profiled above, the Toyota Foundation has other grant-making programs. It makes grants for community activities in Japan; for past grant recipients; and for objectives chosen by the Foundation’s directors.

The Foundation publishes frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding each grant program.

Grant seekers can search the Foundation’s database of funded projects, as well as its annual financial information.

Contact Us offers email forms for persons who have inquiries.

Note: The Terra Viva Grants Directory posts a separate profile of Toyota Motor Corporation, which manages a program of environmental grants apart from the grants made by the Toyota Foundation.

September 2021