About Toray Science Foundation

The Toray Science Foundation was established on June 23, 1960, through a 1 billion yen endowment by Toray Industries, Inc. Subsequent donations have increased its basic fund to 1.8 billion yen. The foundation is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the Science and Technology Agency under the Civil Law.


The foundation's objective is to contribute to the advancement of science and technology by supporting basic researches in science.


1. Toray Science and Technology Grant:

to subsidize basic research projects in science and technology

The Foundation provides financial assistance to creative young scientists for their basic research projects in the fields of science and technology carried out in Japan.

2. Toray Science and Technology Prize:

to recognize outstanding scientific achievements

The Toray Science and Technology Prize is awarded to scientists for their distinguished achievements in science and technology. Prizewinners are presented with a gold medal and a supplemental award of 5 million yen. The Foundation invites leading scientific societies and selected scientists to recommend candidates for the Prize every year. Two scientists from among recommended are selected for prizewinners of the year by the screening committee consisting of eminent scientists. Final acknowledgement is given by the board of directors.

Toray Science and Technology Prize : List of winners

3. Toray Science Education Prize:

to recognize creative and innovative contributions to effective science education in junior and senior high schools

The Toray Science Education Prize is an award to commend junior and senior high school teachers who have given creative and innovative lessons in science with good results. Prizewinners are presented with a silver medal and a supplemental award of 700,000 yen.

Subscription is open to any teachers and some ten prizewinners are selected by the examination committee and acknowledged by the board every year.

The Foundation publishes a booklet collecting the description of the prizewinner's works and circulates about 15,000 copies of it to junior and senior high schools every year, and produces a videotape recording a selected prizewinner's work and lends it to teachers.

4. Toray Science Foundation International Research Grant:

to subsidize basic research projects in natural science at overseas universities.

The foundation calls and selects candidates locally. The Foundation subsidizes basic research projects in the fields of natural science carried out by young scientists in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Total amount of the grant is 15 million yen annually.

Accumulation of Activities

from 1960 to 2014

1. Toray Science and Technology Grant 606 projects 6,235 million yen
2. Toray Science and Technology Prize 115 winners 418 million yen
3. Toray Science Education Prize 646 winners 199 million yen
4. Toray Science Foundation International Research Grant 600 projects 383 million yen
5. Science Lecture Meeting 63 meetings  

Board Members

Sadayuki Sakakibara
Chairman,Toray Industries,Inc.
(Executive Director)
Hiroshi Takahashi
Executive Director, Toray Science Foundation
Hiroo Imura Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Hiroyuki Abe Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University
Ryoji Noyori President, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research
Shoji Nagamiya Research adviser,The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research
Shoei Utsuda Chairman, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Kenji Fujiyoshi Adviser to the Board, Mitsui Chemicals , Inc.
Makoto Asashima Professor Emeritus,The University of Tokyo
Akihiro Nikkaku President, Toray Industries, Inc.
Akishige Okada Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Kiyoshi Fukuchi Corporate Auditor (Full-time), Toray Industries, Inc.
Koichi Shimoda Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Jiro Ohta Professor Emeritus, Ochanomizu University
Michio Ui The Honorary Preisident, The Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science
Akito Arima Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Yasuharu Suematsu Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Ayao Tsuge President, The Japan Federation of Engineering Societies
Tateo Arimoto Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Kohei Tamao Research adviser, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research
Hiroaki KobayashiCounselor, Toray Industries, Inc.
Junichi Fujikawa Executive Adviser, Toray Industries, Inc.

Committee Members

Selection Committee
Hiroyuki Sakaki President, Toyota Technological Institute
Takao Shimizu Director-General,CResearch Institute,CNational Center for Global Health and Medicine
Masanori Murakami Vice Chancellor, The Ritsumeikan Trust
Masayuki Yamamoto Director, General of the National Institute for Basic Biology
Masakatsu Shibasaki Chairman of Board of Directors,CMicrobial Chemistry Research Foundation
Director,CInstitute of Microbial Chemistry
Yasuhiro Iye Professor,CThe University of Tokyo
Takayuki Kitamura Professor,CKyoto University
Ryoichiro Kageyama Professor,CKyoto University
Makoto Oka Professor,CTokyo Institute of Technology
Examination Committee
Hiroshi Nishihara Professor, The University of Tokyo
Toshitsugu Fujii Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Takahiro Kuga Professor, The University of Tokyo
Toshi-Aki Shibata Professor,CTokyo Institute of Technology
Yoshitaka Oka Professor,CThe University of Tokyo
Shigeru Murata Professor,CThe University of Tokyo

Toray Science Foundation
Nihonbashi Muromachi Bldg., 3-16, Nihonbashi-Hongokucho 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0021, Japan
TEL:+81-3-6262-1655 or 1656 FAX: +81-3-6262-1901
E-mail: torayzaidan@tgnts.toray.co.jp