The 7th research grant application guidelines

June 1, 2021

In the 60th anniversary of the first polyurethane foam production in Asia, the International Polyurethane Technology Foundation was established in 2014 and then became a public interest incorporated foundation in 2019.

This is the first foundation in Japan for research grants targeting polymer field mainly composed of polyurethane and this foundation is promoting the public interest purposes aiming at the further development of the polyurethane research.
Our goal is to contribute to the development of the polymer field in the world by providing research grants to institutions and individuals conducting basic research and application development on polymer chemistry mainly composed of polyurethane.

Last year we supported 6 research grants and this time is the 7th research grant that we provide research grants to universities, research institutions and individuals that are contributing or considered to contribute to the growth and environment-friendly research and development of polyurethane technologies.


Research grants for research institutes and individuals conducting research and development that contribute to the expansion of the use of polyurethanes by human beings, such as new technology related to polyurethane and reducing the burden of polyurethane on the global environment.

2.Research field targeted and Qualifications

Research field targeted are basic research, application research and development, and research on polymer chemistry of which mainly for polyurethane. And also related fields such as interdisciplinary research on chemistry, physics, mechanics, electronics and other related fields. As one of the approches, we call for research areas such as sustainability, decarbonization, energy saving, and reduction of environmental load related polyurethanes.

We provide grants to research groups or individual researchers that belong to universities or research institutes in order to support excellent research on polymer chemistry of which mainly for polyurethane. There are no nationality or age restrictions for researchers.

There are the following arrangements that are not eligible for selection regarding applications:

1) Application from groups and individuals who have a stake in the foundation
2) Research that has received research grants from the foundation or similar research at the time of application
3) Research with similar contents, currently, or will be receiving grants from other foundations.
4) Organizations and individuals and research themes that received the Foundation's research grant within two years: i.e. the 5th (2019) and the 6th (2020) research grants.

3.Research grant amount and the term

1 million Japanese yen per grant. About 6 (Six) researches that includes 5 (Five) general researches and 1 (One) overseas excellent research will be selected.

The research term is, in principle, within one year since the foundation operates on a single-year budget.

4.Application procedure and the dead line

The application starts on June 1, 2021 and the deadline is September 30, 2021.

The application need a recommender's sign or seal for Representative researcher and he or she must be a technical director at technical college, university, research institute and others including the president or the dean. It cannot be accepted without the sign or seal of the recommender.

Please complete the designated application form and send an original document by post to our foundation (Send to the secretariat of the foundation as shown below). The application form can be downloaded from our website;

Application form:Application format on the 7th (FY2021) Research Grants.

5.The date of grant decision and Contribution of research grants

The selection will be done by the Board of Directors after the selection committee of the Foundation examines and selects the following items based on the selection criteria.

[Selection criteria]
1) Originality and innovativeness of research theme
2) Academic importance of research theme
3) Feasibility of research theme
4) Economic efficiency and Spillover effect of research theme
5) Future prospect of research theme

The selection committee will decide the grants on December, 2021 and announce at the end of January, 2022. And then we will provide the grant at the end of March 2022.


1.Use of the research grants

The grant will be used for expenses for equipment, research raw materials, travel expenses, consumables and others necessary for the research. But it does not accept to use for general administrative expenses at research institutes and universities.

2. Research report

Recipients of the grant must submit "research report" and "use details of the grant" by the end of June, 2023.

Please write that we have received the research grant from this foundation when you write research paper for academic societies, academic journals, publications, papers based on the research grant by our foundation, and please inform us the presentation paper (include electronic data) for the purpose of widely disseminating the grant activities of our foundation.

The "Research results report will be posted on the Foundation's website. In addition, after selection, we may be asked to make a presentation at the research results report meeting scheduled to be held in August, 2023.

3. Handling of the personal information

All personal information related to the application for research grants will be used only in the selection process. The foundation has a right to publish the research report on our website or in a booklet. But the foundation does not claim any rights with respect to intellectual property based on research results.

After the grant decision, the foundation will request to submit the "Certificate of Acceptance" to agree making the information public at the websites of the foundation as follows,

a. Name of grant recipient and title, institution name
b. Research project name
c. Content of the research applied
d. Research period
e. Grant amount
f. Research report
g. Photos taken at the foundation-sponsored events

4. Others

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact the secretariat.

Also, during the grant period, change of institution or status, change or stop of the research, change of use of grant, or if you need to carry out your research by another researcher, please contact us without delay.

Please note that we cannot respond to inquiries regarding the reasons for winning or rejection.


(Where to submit the application)
【By post】
Attention: International Polyurethane Technology Foundation
Secretariat, Shinji Hirayama
Address: 3-1-36 Imaike-cho, Anjo, Aichi, 446-8504 Japan
Inoac Corporation Anjo Office

【Contact information】
Secretariat, Shinji Hirayama
TEL: +81 50-3135-8998
FAX: +81 566-98-5037

Website (International Polyurethane Technology Foundation):

Application form:Application format on the 7th (FY2021) Research Grants.