Toray Science Foundations in ASEAN

Toray has established science foundations in three Southeast Asian nations where it has been doing business since the 1960s. These foundations are contributing to the advancement of science and technology in each country, with the objective of contributing to the progress of science and technology and promoting science education.

Malaysia Toray Science Foundation

The Malaysia Toray Science Foundation was established in August 1993 through an endowment from Toray Industries, Inc., with the objective of contributing to the progress of science and technology in Malaysia and promoting science education. The Foundation uses interest income from the endowment, funds from the Toray Science Foundation, and annual contributions from Toray Group companies in Malaysia to recognize outstanding achievements in science and technology and science education, and to award research grants for research in the natural sciences.
The Foundation has extended awards and grants totaling 9 million ringgit to some 650 people, including science researchers, young researchers in basic science, and science educators.
The Foundation holds an annual award presentation ceremony that is attended by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia and the Japanese ambassador to Malaysia. The awards are a badge of honor for the award winners and grant recipients. During the solicitation period for entries, the Foundation collaborates with universities and the Malaysian Ministry of Education to actively publicize the grants for young researchers and science education awards throughout the country.
The Foundation aims to spark the development of science and technology researchers, youth, and educators, as well as to contribute to the medium- and long-term progress of science and technology in Malaysia. The Foundation also seeks to contribute to mutual understanding, friendship, and goodwill between Malaysia and Japan and to economic development in Malaysia.

  • 22nd presentation ceremony of Malaysia Toray Science Foundation held in November 201522nd presentation ceremony of Malaysia Toray Science Foundation held in November 2015
  • Award winners describing their research and education effortsAward winners describing their research and education efforts

Thailand Toray Science Foundation

The Thailand Toray Science Foundation was established in June 1994 through an endowment by Toray Industries, Inc., with the objective of contributing to the progress of science and technology in Thailand and promoting science education. The Foundation uses interest income from the endowment, funds from the Toray Science Foundation, and annual contributions from Toray Group companies in Thailand to recognize outstanding achievements in science and technology and science education, and to award research grants for basic research in the natural sciences.
The Foundation has extended awards and grants totaling 113 million baht to 628 people, including science researchers, young researchers in basic science, and science educators.
The Foundation holds an annual award presentation ceremony. From the inaugural ceremony in 1995 through 2009, the ceremony was attended by President of the Privy Council His Excellency General Prem Tinsulanonda, and since 2010 has been attended by the Privy Councillor His Excellency General Surayud Chulanont. The ceremony is always a big moment for award winners and science and technology researchers receiving grants.
The Foundation aims to foster the development of science and technology researchers, youth, and educators, and to contribute to the medium- and long-term progress of science and technology in Thailand. The Foundation also seeks to contribute to mutual understanding, friendship, and goodwill between Thailand and Japan and to economic development in Thailand.

  • 22nd presentation ceremony of Thailand Toray Science Foundation held in March 201622nd presentation ceremony of Thailand Toray Science Foundation held in March 2016
  • Professor Kovit Pattanapanyasat receives an award from Privy Councillor His Excellency General Surayud Chulanont.Professor Kovit Pattanapanyasat receives an award from Privy Councillor His Excellency General Surayud Chulanont.

Indonesia Toray Science Foundation

The Indonesia Toray Science Foundation was established in December 1993. The Foundation uses interest income from its endowment, funds from the Toray Science Foundation, and annual contributions from Toray Group companies in Indonesia to recognize outstanding achievements in science and technology and science education, and to award research grants for science and technology. From the beginning, the Foundation has enlisted the cooperation of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, whose Director-General also heads the Foundation.
The Foundation has extended awards and grants totaling 18.3 billion rupiah to 631 people, including science researchers, young researchers in basic science, and science educators.
The Foundation has assisted many individuals who are contributing to the progress of science and technology in Indonesia. Past recipients of science and technology grants now teach as professors and associate professors at leading universities, including the University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University, and Sekolah Tinggi Teknik Surabaya, and others conduct research at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
The Foundation aims to contribute to the medium- and long-term progress of science and technology in Indonesia, and to contribute to mutual understanding, friendship, and goodwill between Indonesia and Japan and to economic development in Indonesia.

  • 22nd presentation ceremony of Indonesia Toray Science Foundation held in March 201622nd presentation ceremony of Indonesia Toray Science Foundation held in March 2016
  • Professor Mohamad Nasir, Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education of IndonesiaProfessor Mohamad Nasir, Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia