2024(R6)年度 特定研究助成のご案内(応募要項)

公益財団法人 矢崎科学技術振興記念財団

公益財団法人 矢崎科学技術振興記念財団では、当財団が研究領域を特定した「特定研究助成」を下記のとおり実施致します。

Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Yazaki Memorial Foundation for Science and Technology invites applications for the “Specific Research Grant” for specific research areas as follows.

Research topics for the grant


The “Specific research grant” is a research topics proposed by the Foundation to support highly feasible and original research with a view to making a concrete contribution to “society” or “academia”. The grant period is 2 years, and the amount of the grant is 10 million yen or less.


Applicants must select one of the “research topics” specified by the Foundation for each fiscal year.




(1-1) 効率的な資源循環を可能とする技術
(1-2) 安価なグリーンエネルギーを製造する技術
(1-3) 熱エネルギーの有効利用技術
(1-4) 省エネに関する物質・材料、装置・プロセス、システム等の開発
(1-5) 革新的発電や地産地消に適した発電など新たな創エネルギー技術
(1-6) 分散して存在するエネルギーを広域制御・融通しムダをなくす技術
(1-7) データ活用による効率的な移動や輸送に関する技術
(1-8) その他




(2-1) 食糧や水・電気の供給・確保に寄与する技術
(2-2) 高齢者・障がい者など社会的弱者が利用できる技術
(2-3) 人の健康維持に貢献する技術に関する研究
(2-4) 暮らしを支える安定したインフラ維持と安全管理
(2-5) 労働人口減少に対応し、労働時間及び労働者の負担軽減に寄与する技術
(2-6) 物流網等のレジリエンスに資する技術
(2-7) 実空間問題を仮想空間で事前に予測・解決する技術
(2-8) その他


Area a:Technologies to promote efficient use of resources and energy

〔Specific examples of research area a〕*1

(1-1) Technologies enabling efficient resource circulation
(1-2) Technologies for producing inexpensive green energy
(Hydrogen, CO2-derived fuels, etc.)
(1-3) Technologies for effective use of thermal energy
(heat-recovery, -storage, -utilization, heat radiation & cooling, heat exchange, etc.)
(1-4) Development of energy conservation in chemicals and materials, equipment and processes, systems, etc.
(1-5) New creative technologies for energy, which is innovative or generation suitable for local production and consumption, etc.
(1-6) Technologies for eliminating energy waste by controlling energy distributed over a wide area or by utilizing power interchange.
(1-7) Technologies related to efficient transportation and logistics using data
(1-8) Others


Area b:Technologies for “Safe and Secure Society”

〔Specific examples of research area b〕*2

(2-1) Technologies for supply and security of food, water, and electricity
(2-2) Technologies that can be used by the elderly, the disabled, and other vulnerable groups
(2-3) Research on technologies for maintaining human health
(2-4) Stable maintenance and safety management of life-supporting infrastructure
(2-5) Technologies to respond to the decline in the labor force by reducing the number of working hours and reducing the burden on workers
(2-6) Technologies for resilience of transportation infrastructure for distribution networks, etc.
(Controlling traffic congestion, optimizing distribution, avoiding accidents, etc.)
(2-7) Technologies for predicting and solving real space problems in advance in virtual space (Prediction and recovery of natural disaster, etc.)
(2-8) Others

Note *1*2:The above cases are examples of specific research subjects. They are not necessarily limited to the above. Research subjects other than those listed above may be adopted if they are approved by the selection committee as appropriate for the research theme of “each area”.





1) Applicants must be researchers (excluding students and graduate students) under an employment contract in Japanese research institutions※. Applicants must have been recommended by the head of the research institution to which they belong.
Colleges of technology (kōsen), colleges, universities, graduate schools, university affiliated research institutes, public testing/research laboratories, and other research institutions approved by the Foundation.
2) Researchers who have received a grant from the Foundation are not eligible to apply (for a grant) for three years from the year in which they received the grant. In addition, the same person cannot apply for two of the Foundation’s grants at the same time.
3) Unless otherwise approved by the Foundation, researchers who receive a grant must continue their research on the topic for which they applied during the grant period. The applicant‘s eligibility will be suspended for a certain period of time for those who have misused, fraudulently received, or committed misconduct, in addition, research proposals that have been found to have been misused, fraudulently received, or committed misconduct may be required to refund all or part of the grant.
Researchers selected for research grants are required to submit the attached pledge letter.

Grant Period


2 years or less from April 1, 2025.

Grant Amount


The Foundation will make a decision based on the screening of the research content. However, the amount is 5 million yen or less each year and 10 million yen or less for two years. In the second year, the amount will be determined based on a review of the annual progress report.


2024年6月1日から同年8月31日17時まで ※期間内必着とします
From June 1 to August 31, 5:00 p.m ※deadline strictly enforced

How to Apply

註: 研究機関名は、正式名称を記入してください。
2023年6月1日から同年8月31日まで ※期間内必着とします。

Please fill out the “registration form” on the “researchers-only website” of the Foundation’s website, set your ID and password, and then submit your application on the researchers-only website.
After registered application details on the application form, a PDF document containing the “Letter of Recommendation” and “Application Confirmation Form” will be automatically sent to your registered email address.
(Please read the notes in the application form before filling out the form)
After filling in the required fields and affixing seal or signature (the seal must be the recommendation seal of the research institution), please convert the “Application Confirmation Form”, “Application Form”, “Letter of Recommendation” and “one Paper” into a PDF file for submission without setting the security function, and attach them to the researcher’s website by the deadline.
Please note that all submitted materials will not be returned.
After the registration is completed, the Foundation will send an email notification of the completion of the procedure.
Note: Please fill in the exact official name of the research institution.



After screening by the selection committee, recommender will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by the end of January, 2025.
※The finalists will be asked to make a presentation at the selection committee meeting (scheduled to be held on November 14, 2024) or by an alternative method (such as creating a presentation video).

Grant Presentation Ceremony


The date is scheduled for March 6, 2025. Recipients will be asked to attend the presentation ceremony.

Grant Report

 研究成果は学術論文として外部発表していただくことを期待しています。発表論文に「本研究(の一部)は矢崎財団(Yazaki Memorial Foundation for Science and Technology)の支援を受けた」旨の記載をお願いしています。

※Essential conditions for receiving the grant
The following reports are requested. (Designated form will be sent to a successful applicant.)
1) By November 6, 2025: First year progress report (focusing on schedule progress, including budget, and plans to revise the same).
2) By the end of April 2027: Research completion report (focusing on research results)
Research completion report may be used as explanatory material for the Foundation, such as posting on the website of Yazaki Memorial Foundation for Science and Technology (details of the researcher; report of research results), but will not be treated as academic literature. In case there are concerns about the publication of research completion reports, such as the inclusion of unpublished findings, please consult with the Foundation regarding the contents to be published.
The Foundation expects researchers to publish their research results in academic papers for external presentation. The Foundation requests that researchers state in their publications that ” (part of) this research was supported by Yazaki Memorial Foundation for Science and Technology”.
Researchers whose planned research is not expected to be completed within the grant period may extend the submission of the “research completion report” by one year. Please fill out the “application for extension of grant period” and submit it to the Foundation office. To request an application form, please contact the Foundation office by phone or email.

Other Information

1) 当財団は、本件助成に関して取得する個人情報について選考作業等本申請にかかる業務に必要な範囲に限定して取り扱います。

1)Personal information acquired by the Foundation for the purpose of this grant will be handled only to the extent necessary for the screening process and other application procedures.
When a grant recipient is selected, the Foundation will make information about the recipient available to the public.
2)If a researcher is transferred within his/her institution during the research grant period and conducts the funded research in the transferred department, the research grant should also be transferred to the transferred department. Researchers who do not conduct funded research in the department to which they are transferred should refund the remaining amount to Yazaki Memorial Foundation for Science and Technology.
3)If you are transferred within your institution during the period covered by the Yazaki Academy Award (i.e., three years after the end of the research grant period), please update the details of your RESEARCHER REGISTRATION by entering the department to which you are transferred.