About Inamori Research Grants

It is our belief that diversity and originality play key roles in nurturing genuine learning. The Inamori Research Grants Program supports researchers who come from diverse backgrounds and are working on proprietary research by granting 1 million yen to each researcher, thus providing opportunities to verify the feasibility of numerous ideas.


The annual Inamori Research Grants Program was launched in 1985 to support research works by scholars in Japan with the aim of fostering human resources capable of contributing to the future of human society. Recipients are chosen from a wide range of research areas, across the fields of the natural, human, and social sciences. Grants are selected by a screening committee comprising leading authorities in the relevant fields of research. These elite scholars, chosen from among many applicants through a rigorous selection process, are expected to play leading roles in their respective fields.


  1. Research Field
    • Natural Sciences
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Qualification
    • The age of 40 years or less as of April 1st, 2024 for the Natural Sciences, and 50 years or less for the Human, Social and Social Sciences
    • Applicants must be researchers who reside in Japan, be affiliated with a university or an institution to which application information have been sent. They must also meet other requirements set by the Inamori Foundation.



  1. Amount Granted 1 million yen each to 50 recipients per year
  2. Use of Grants No restrictions, as long as use thereof is genuinely necessary for research purposes
  3. Length of grant period For one to two years
  4. Application Period From Early July to Late July 


Selection Candidates will undergo a strict screening and selection process by the Research Grants Selection Committee based on the submitted Inamori Research Grants applications, and the Board of Directors will decide on the recipients.Selection Committee


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List of recipients

Seiwa Scholars Society

The Seiwa Scholars Society (3S in short) was established in 1997 with the aim of encouraging the recipients of the Inamori Research Grants in their research pursuits by providing them with opportunities to get to know, befriend, and inspire one another. This program is also prompted by the increasing importance of a horizontal and interdisciplinary perspective in today’s academic world, whose landscape has become fragmented through specialization. Members of 3S learn about each other across the diverse areas of study they represent - spanning the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences - through 3S Meeting, e-mail magazines and web articles.  

3S Meeting

3S Meeting is an annual event held in spring. To interact with each other, lectures and poster presentations are given by 3S members, followed by a reception, to provide opportunities for members.


Magazines and Web Articles

An e-mail magazine called “3S Mail Magazine” is published several times a year. A web article called “Visiting 3S Researchers” is regularly posted on our website.


-3S Mail Magazaine (Japanese only):

A members-only email magazine shares news about the members, including the latest research results and awards.


-Serial Article “Visiting 3S Researchers”:

Interview series with 3S members in various fields featuring their backgrounds, current research, and future prospects.  
▼View previous articles here.▼