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Waseda University Grants for Special Research Projects (“Tokutei Kadai”)

Supporting individual researchers in the construction and maintenance of an autonomous research environment


1.Objectives of “Tokutei Kadai”

Core concept
Supporting individual researchers in the construction and maintenance of an autonomous research environment

It is important to build an autonomous research cycle in which the individual researcher has autonomy and the freedom to pursue original work on her/his selected research theme, achieve the related objectives and tackle new issues, so as to enhance his/her research capability. That is also expected to lead to the improvement of overall research capability of the university.
For the researcher to conduct research activities in a continuous fashion, it is essential to utilize external funding. Since some external funding systems, such as Kakenhi, have fewer restrictions on fields for which application can be made, all researchers have opportunities to acquire external funds, including public and private subsidized projects.
Waseda University Grants for Special Research Projects (“Tokutei Kadai”) are positioned as subsidies to support researchers who are aiming to construct and maintain their own autonomous research environment using external funds.
[Note] Data related to application and selection may be used for analysis by the Research Research Strategy Section of  the Research Support Center .

2.Grant Categories

(1) Research Base Creation
Maximum amount of grant: 300,000 yen
To create a research base to achieve an autonomous research cycle
To supplement external funding of research

(2)Early Career Researchers
Maximum amount of grant: 200,000 yen
To obtain guidance for the creation of a research proposal document
To create a research base at Waseda university

(3)New Developments in Research
Maximum amount of grant: four million yen
To promote new research different from the researcher’s previous research

(4) Kakenhi Applicants (I and II)
I. Support for Continuing Research
Amount of grant: 200,000 to 3,000,000 yen
To support the continuation of research which formerly used Kakenhi (Kakenhi being no longer available for this fiscal year)

II. Support for Promising Research
Amount of grant: 200,000 to 3,000,000 yen
For those intending to apply again for Kakenhi in the subsequent year (i.e. those whose research was not selected for Kakenhi in the current year).

3.Application for the Grant

(1) Eligibility (requirements common to all four grant categories)

 Those with the status of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, teacher, professor(tenure track),  non-tenured professor, associate professor(tenure track), non-tenured associate professor, assistant professor(tenure track), non-tenured assistant professor or research associate as of the application deadline for each category. 

– Those who are employed through external funding are not eligible.
– Those whose status changed after the selection decision was made and are no longer eligible  for Tokutei Kadai are not eligible.

 In the case where Tokutei Kadai was granted in the past five years, all outcome reports for periods up to the previous fiscal year must be submitted. 

 Those who have taken and completed the research ethics education and seminar. For the details, refer to (1) of 8. Other. 

 Those who were granted 2020 Tokutei Kadai are required to apply for external funds between April 1, 2020 and the end of March, 2021. 

[Note] If there is an unavoidable reason for not applying as above (e.g. having a continuing Kakenhi project, maternity, childcare or medical leave or having a project using external funds whose selection result will be notified in the following fiscal year), report that reason at the time of Tokutei Kadai application and obtain approval. For Research Base Creation, see (7) of 5-1 Application period. 

 “Applying for external fund(s),” which is included in the application requirements for Tokutei Kadai, must in all cases have been submitted by the applicant as a research representative. 

 Regardless of the relevance of the Tokutei Kadai research plan, those who conducted output activities such as those reported and presented their research results to academic societies, study groups or symposia; published academic papers; or published books in the three years prior to the date of application. 

(2) Research period
Up to one year, terminating at the end of the fiscal year (i.e. March 31), in common for all categories

(3) Multiple applications
– One application per category
– If application is being made for New Developments in Research, it is not permissible to apply for Creating the Research Base and Early Career Researchers.
– If both of I. Support for Continuing Research and II. Support for Promising Research are applicable, the applicant must designate his/her priority from the two options when applying for Kakenhi Applicant.

4.Related Documents

Grant-in-Aid for research base creation

Grant-in-Aid for early career researchers

Grant-in-Aid for new developments in research