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Application Guidelines for FY2020 Research Grant Program

<Application for 2020 CRF Grant was closed on June 12th.>


UPDATE 28th May:

 Should the Grant Application Form with registered seal cannot be prepared by the due date because of the current situation under preventive measure against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is taken, the Form without registered seal will be tentatively accepted.

 In such case, please re-submit the Grant Application Form with registered seal by 17th July, 2020.


These application guidelines are made in Japanese and translated into English. The Japanese version is the original and the English version is for reference purposes. If there is any conflict or inconsistency between these two versions, the Japanese version shall prevail.


1. Purpose of Research Grant Program
The Carbon Recycling Fund Institute (hereinafter the “Institute”) establishes the research grant for researches on carbon recycling according to: 1) Article 131 of the Act on General Incorporated Associations and General Incorporated Foundations; 2) Articles 29 through 32 of its Articles of Incorporation; and 3) Article 2, item (1) of its Rules on Donations.
There has been little advance in basic researches on CO2 utilization, on which carbon recycling technologies depend. Further, established carbon recycling technologies have rarely been commercialized due to such reasons as high production cost. In 2019, following the establishment of the Carbon Recycling Promotion Office in February, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced the Roadmap for Carbon Recycling Technologies in June, to promote carbon recycling. In its report published in July 2019, the Natural Resources and Fuel Committee under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy pointed out that the private sector’s voluntary support for carbon recycling would be important to achieve innovation.
Under these circumstances, the Research Grant Fund is aimed at contributing to the creation of carbon recycling innovation through grants and support for researches designed to reduce the cost of carbon recycling technologies or to solve issues hindering the introduction of carbon recycling practices into society.


2. Research Grant Targets
A) Researches on carbon recycling and related technologies to use CO2 (or carbon atoms) as a resource to solve social issues; and B) researches in the field of social science intended to achieve carbon recycling. Please check the application guidelines for details.


3. Amount of Grant
A several number of applications will be accepted with an upper limit of 10 million yen per application.


4. Period of Grant
In principle, the research period subject to the grant shall be of less than one (1) year from the date when grant decision is made.


5. Application Period
Applications must be submitted during the application window from Friday, May 15, 2020 through (no later than) 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020.
No public briefing for researchers will be held. If you have any questions, please contact us at the address given under item 8 below.


6. Handling of Personal Information
Unless otherwise required by law, etc., the Institute will not provide any third party with the personal information provided in the submitted documents without a prior consent of the individual.


7. Documents and Forms
Application Guidelines
・Grant Application Form (Form1 and Form 2)
Guidelines for Research Grant Program


8. The Secretariat (Application Submission Address and Contact Information)

Person in charge: Saito (Mr.) and Sakimoto (Mr.)

Innovation Department


Address: Daiwa nishi-shimbashi building 3F, 3-2-1, Nishi-shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 〒105-0003

TEL: 03-6432-0011

Contact by e-mail