The purpose of Takagi Fund is to foster and support independent Citizen Scientists who propose well-founded criticism and scientific counterarguments about problems and threats caused by present-day science and technology. Such criticism and counterarguments can be based on independent research and analysis conducted by citizens themselves with appropriate support from committed experts.
The Takagi Fund expects that a true spirit of science, one which opens the way for a sustainable future, should spring up from the voluntary acts of citizens equipped with social awareness, a sense of justice and some essential scientific training, rather than from the occupational activities of “professional” scientists controlled by governments and/or corporate interests.
The Takagi Fund encourages applications from young researchers and grassroots groups, NPOs and NGOs in Asia who share in the spirit of Citizen Science and possess a practical mind about opposing technological threats to the people.
- Research Grants: To support research projects by individuals or groups that befit Citizen Science.
- The grant may cover research and travel expenses, printing and other outsourcing costs. It may also include funds to hold workshops or symposia to communicate research findings to the public.
- Training Grants: To support an individual receiving training at educational institutions, NGOs, research institutes, etc. that will enhance his/her expertise as Citizen Scientists and help him/her gain hands-on experience.
- The grant can be used to cover travel, accommodation, tuition or related costs.
- Maximum grant amount per application this year is US$5,000. The total grant for the year 2023 is JP¥ 2,000,000, roughly equivalent to US $15,000 (at August 2022 rate).
- This grant is for individuals or groups from Asian countries and regions who pursue “Citizen Science” as quested by the Takagi Fund.
- A proposal will be considered positive if some or all the following criteria is met.
- It tackles urgent issues in which science and technology are threatening civil society and environment, and related policy issues.
- It contributes to enhancing human rights, human security, and conservation of nature, alternative economy and peace for all citizens without exclusion of the most disadvantaged.
- It has imagination and conceptual power, backed by expertise and appropriate methodology, with planning and budget adequately designed.
- It has a clear and practical vision of how to apply the findings to society or to calling for policy changes.
- It deals with issues for which the Japanese government and/or corporations are partly or fully responsible.
For more information, visit http://www.takagifund.org/e/apply/