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.

Objective

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

Activities

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

Directors
(President)
Sadayuki Sakakibara
Chief Senior Advisor, Chief Senior Counselor, 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 Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Shoji Nagamiya Research adviser, RIKEN
Shoei Utsuda Counselor, 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.
Auditor
Akishige Okada Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Kiyoshi Fukuchi Corporate Auditor (Full-time), Toray Industries, Inc.
Councilors
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 Chairman, Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Center
Tateo Arimoto Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Kohei Tamao Research adviser, RIKEN
Hiroaki KobayashiCounselor, Toray Industries, Inc.
Junichi Fujikawa Executive Adviser, Toray Industries, Inc.

Committee Members

Selection Committee
Takao Shimizu Director-General, Research Institute, National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Hiroyuki Sakaki President, Toyota Technological Institute
Masakatsu Shibasaki Chairman of Board of Directors, Microbial Chemistry Research Foundation
Director, Institute of Microbial Chemistry
Yasuhiro Iye Professor, The University of Tokyo
Takayuki Kitamura Professor, Kyoto University
Ryoichiro Kageyama Professor, Kyoto University
Makoto Oka Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Akihiko Nakano Professor, The University of Tokyo
Eiichiro Matsubara Professor, Kyoto University
Examination Committee
Hiroshi Nishihara Professor, The University of Tokyo
Toshitsugu Fujii Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Toshi-Aki Shibata Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Yoshitaka Oka Professor, The University of Tokyo
Shigeru Murata Professor, The University of Tokyo
Hiroyuki Sasada Professor, Keio University

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