Grant Opportunities

Young Researcher Fostering Grant Program

Young Researcher Fostering Grant Program

Deadline: 31-Jul-23

The Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) is seeking applications for the Young Researcher Fostering (CGF) Program.

The NEF Commemorative Grant Fund for Capacity Building of Young Scientists (CGF) Programme is directed towards helping young scientists in the Asia-Pacific developing countries grow up as world-class scientists in the fields of conservation of wildlife and ecosystem in the region.

Each project should be implemented by a young researcher as a project scientist (PS), under the guidance and support of a project coordinator (PC) having excellent scientific achievements, in PS’s home country (or target countries) or in Japan while studying in Japan.

Funding Information
  • The maximum grant size varied from 1,500,000 to 2,500,000 Japanese yen per project, depending on the Qualification of PS.
  • Duration of research funded: Basically, two years, although, for the case of Qualification B of PS, the funded duration may be extended to maximum of three years.

Eligible Research Fields

  • The research project is expected to contribute to nature conservation of the home country of PS, focusing on living organisms, especially wildlife and ecosystem, from such standpoints as follows:
    • biology, especially ecology, taxonomy, and distribution and current status of wild animal and plant,
    • biodiversity (i.e., species diversity, genetic diversity, and ecosystem diversity),
    • threatened species, alien species, and restoration of ecosystem, and/or
    • relationships between nature and humans (e.g., ecosystem services and sustainable use of biological resources).
  • Notes: Examples of declined research proposals:
    • be focussed on development of agricultural, forestry, and/or fisheries industries,
    • be difficult in handling by an individual researcher but by a large group of researchers,
    • be funded by other organisations, and
    • be already completed in the major part of the study.

Target Countries and Region

  • The target countries in the Asia-Pacific region include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federal of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The Project Scientist (PS) must
  • be a national of one of the mentioned countries, less than 40 years old, and fall under any of the following conditions:
    •  (Qualification A) a researcher who works in a university or research institution in one of the mentioned countries and has a PhD or Doctor’s degree (or having at least 3 years of research experience and corresponding research achievements).
    •  (Qualification B) a student who enrolled in or a prospective applicant for admission to a doctor (PhD) course of a university in Japan.
    • be not a recipient of on-going research or publication project of the NEF nor an applicant of any other grant of the NEF, at the time of submitting application.
  • For Qualification A of PS: The Project Coordinator (PC) is requested to meet all of the following conditions:
    • having teach and/or work experience in a Japanese university or research institution as a scientist, as a general rule,
    • understanding the content of PS research project,
    • supporting and collaborating with the PS throughout the project proposed, while keeping intimate contact with not only the PS but also the CGF Management Committee (MC) and the Secretariat of the NEF.
    • For Qualification B of PS: The Project Coordinator (PC) must be a main supervisor of the PS. In addition, the PC is requested to contact intimately with the CGF Management Committee (MC) and the Secretariat of the NEF.

For more information, visit Young Researcher Fostering.

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