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What We Fund

Evaluation Criteria

A proposal will be considered positive if some or all the following criteria is met.

  • It tackles urgent issues in which science and technology are threatening civil society and environment, and related policy issues.
  • It contributes to enhancing human rights, human security, conservation of nature, alternative economy and peace for all citizens without exclusion of the most disadvantaged.
  • It has imagination and conceptual power, backed by expertise and appropriate methodology, with planning and budget adequately designed.
  • It has a clear and practical vision of how to apply the findings to society or to calling for policy changes.
  • It deals with issues for which the Japanese government and/or corporations are partly or fully responsible.

* A comprehensive list of previous grantees can be found at here.

What we may not fund

  • Project which allocates its budget mainly to outsourcing to other researchers.
  • Project which allocates its budget mostly to administrative costs, salaries and campaigns.
  • Project submitted by a large group or a well-established institution that has proper funding sources. In this regard, public entities such as governmental agencies, research institutes and universities are barely eligible. Also, major International NGOs with well-established financial basis are unlikely to be granted by the Takagi Fund.
  • Project which does not clearly aim at resisting social/environmental threats or struggling for environmental justice. In this regard, we are not keen to find academic pursuits without much social/environmental justice orientation, mere public awareness activities, development of environmentally friendly products/services, etc.

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