KWEF Research Grant Program

KWEF Research Grant Program (for Overseas Research)

The KWEF supports scientists in of Asian nationality who are conducting research in their own countries on the conservation and restoration of water resources, which are defined as oceans, surface water and underground water as well as the areas of land adjacent to them.

Notes :
*These grants are intended to support academic research.
*Programs aimed primarily at generating business profit will not be adopted.
*Scientist who are conducting research in Japan should apply
 "the research grants in Japan" instead of this overseas research program.
 Please refer "国内研究助成"(the research grant in Japan).

Overseas Research Grant 2018
Criteria for the KWEF Research Grant

1.Areas of Research Supported

Research subjects related to water environment in the applicant's country can be applied.
Examples of appropriate research subjects are;
water / wastewater treatment, water quality analysis, sustainability of water environment sanitation, water ecosystem, agricultural water use, industrial wastewater treatment. 


 1.The applicant must reside in Asian countries
   (except Thailand,Indonesia and Vietnam.)
 2.The applicant must conduct research at university, college,
   or associated institute.
 3.The applicant should be under 40 years old.
 4.The applicant must submit a letter of recommendation
   from a Japanese professor.  
 *Applicant in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam,
   please refer KARG(KURITA-AIT research grant )

3. Duration of Grant

The grant period will be one year, from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

4. Obligations of the Recipients of research grants

(1) Submission of a report
a ) Research report (Summary report)
Recipients of research grants must submit a summary report in English on the results of their research to the chief director of KWEF by October 31, 2019.
This report should consist of two pages (A4 size) description of the results obtained to date, along with any necessary supplementary materials.

b ) Expense Report
The researcher must also submit an expense report prepared by his or her institution in English, by October 31, 2019. This should consist of an itemized list of expenses paid for with the grant money, and should be attached by Receipts.

(2) Submission of papers published
The researcher should be also submit copies of the research paper to the KWEF.
Recipients should describe the acknowledgment in papers. "Kurita Water and Environment Foundation Grant"


  (1)Documents to be submitted
  1. Application Form for Research Grant in English or Japanese.
     Download from the bottom of this page.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a Japanese professor.
     Download for recommendation letter form here. (A4 size one sheet)
(2) Application method

(3) Application Period
    3/20 ~ 4/26 
    From March 20th to April 26th, 2018 (Japan standard time)
* Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.
* Application forms submitted after the application period will not be accepted.
* The recommendation letter should be submitted with the application form
 at the same time. Otherwise, the application will not be accepted.
* Application forms once submitted cannot be replaced.


The grantee will be selected by the KWEF Board of Directors, based on the advice of the Selection Committee.
The chief director will inform of the board's decision to each applicant by letter.(end of August)

7.Amount of grant

Maximum amount is 300,000 yen per project per year.

1.The KWEF Research Grant should be used for the direct expenses of the
  research program, such as the purchase of equipment and reagent, travel costs,
  and other expenses associated with fieldwork.
2.KWEF does not provide grant money directly to the grantee but to the grantee institution.
  The institution has to manage the grant money and submit the expense report.
  The grantee has to inform us the institution's bank account information which can handle US dollar.

Important notices

 1.Handling of research that has been adopted
   ◆KWEF will publish the recipient the adopted theme, recipient name and institute
    name on KWEF website.
   ◆KWEF will send the summary report of research to person who requests unless
    the recipients do not agree to publish.

 2.Change and discontinuation of research
   When grantees try to change adopted research program significantly, they must
   submit a following report to the president of KWEF in advance and get his approval.
   ◆ When grantees try to change the research content.
     Contents to be changed, reason, expenditure plan.
   ◆ When grantees try to discontinue the research adopted.

 3.Revocation, refund of grants
   For following cases KWEF may withdraw the adoption of a grant, and/ or
   request a refund of the grant.
   ◆ When a grantee discontinues the research program adopted.
   ◆ When a grantee changed the adopted research program significantly
    without getting an approval from the president of KWEF by submitting
    a report in advance.
   ◆ When a grantee does not fulfill his or her obligation as a grantee such as
    submission of the research report and the accounting report properly.

Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF)
10-1,Nakano4-chome, Nakano-ku,Tokyo
164-0001 Japan
Tel : +81-3-6743-6796
contact us


Kurita Water and Environment Foundation

JAPAN 164-0001
TEL +81-3-6743-6796