The annual Inamori Grant Program was launched in 1985 to support research works by young 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.
As of April 2018, a total of 1,570 million yen has been given out to more than 1,500 researchers. 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 Fields

– Natural Sciences

– Humanities and Social Sciences

2. Qualification

Applicants must be researchers who reside in Japan, be affiliated with a university or an institution to which application guidelines have been sent. They must also meet other requirements set by the Inamori Foundation.

3. Selection Criteria

In the natural sciences field, applications from researchers aged 40 years or younger are given priority.


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. Features

There is a program named the Hakuraku system. The word Hakuraku derives from a Chinese phrase that says, even if someone has great talents, they cannot be exerted if no one recognizes them. Research grants through this system are provided for two consecutive years (2 million yen in total) to researchers who are recommended by a Selection Committee member and approved by the Selection Committee.
Grant recipients will automatically become members of the Seiwa Scholars Society (3S). The Grant projects cover a broad range of fields, from the natural sciences through humanities and social sciences, and 3S provides opportunities for researchers to network beyond the boundaries of their own disciplines.

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