KWEF Research Grant Program

KWEF Research Grant Program (for Overseas Research)

The KWEF supports scientists in Asian countries 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 in Asian countries who are conducting research in Japan should apply
 "the research grants in Japan" instedad of this overseas research program.
 Please refer "国内研究助成"(the research grant in Japan).

Overseas Research Grant 2017
Criteria for the KWEF Research Grant

1.Areas of Research Supported

Research subjects relatied to water environment in the applicant's country can be applied.
Examples of appropriate research subhects 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 40years old.
 4.The applicant must submit a recommendation
   letter of "Japanese researcher" .  
 *For the researcher applicant in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam,
   please refer KARG(KWEF-AIT research grant )

3. Duration of Grant

The grant period will be one year, from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

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, 2018.
This report should consist of a one or 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, by October 31, 2018. 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. Recommendation letter of Japanese Researcher (A4 size one sheet)
     Download for recommendation letter form here.
(2) Application method
(3) Application Period
    3/20 ~ 4/27 
    From March 20th to April 27th, 2017 (Japan standard time)
* Incomplete applicaton forms will not be accepted.
* Application forms submitted after the applicaiton 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.

7.Amount of grant

Maximum of 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.Recipient would inform us the bank account which could handle US dollar.

Important notices

 1.Handling of research that has been adopted
   ◆KWEF will publish the recipient the adopted them, recipient name and institute
    on KWEF website.
   ◆KWEF wil 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 tothe presiedent of KWEF in a 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 Reason.

 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 disontinues the research program adopted.
   ◆ When a grantee changed the adopted research program significantly
    without getting an approval frothe president of KWEF by subumitting
    areport 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