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The Murata Science Foundation Fiscal 2018 Research Grant Presentation


Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Chairman of the Board and President: 
Tsuneo Murata   


The Grant

The Murata Science Foundation (Chairman: Tsuneo Murata, Chairman of the Board and President, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.), having decided on the recipients of its fiscal 2018 research grants, will hold a grant presentation ceremony on July 20. 


Established on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Murata’s founding, the Murata Science Foundation seeks to contribute to the development of Japanese science and culture through the awarding of grants to promote research in the areas of natural sciences, in particular electronics, in addition to humanities and social sciences. This year marks the 34th awarding of the grant. 
The grant as a whole is offered in three programs: Research Grant, Conference Grant, and Grant for Overseas Research. This fiscal year, 304 separate grants were awarded, totaling 360.92 million yen. Since last fiscal year, we have commenced providing research grants to overseas researchers, and we have offered ten grants to two universities, totaling 10 million yen. 
 With a particular focus on fostering the work of young researchers, the Murata Science Foundation continues to provide ongoing and high-value grants that contribute to the wide-ranging development of science and culture. This fiscal year we have provided a total contribution of 3.5 billion yen to the promotion of research. 

Breakdown of research grants for fiscal 2018



Number of grants for 2018

Amount of grants for 2018

(1000 yen)

Number of grants for 2017

Amount of grants for 2017

(1000 yen)

Research Grant

Natural sciences
Humanities and social sciences
119 240,077
Conference Grant

Natural sciences 
32 21,000 31 21,000
Humanities and social sciences
8 3,000 7 3,000
40 24,000 38 24,000
Grant for Overseas Research 

Natural sciences 
19,000 78 18,750
Humanities and social sciences
28 7,920 21 6,800
109 26,920 99 25,550

Main grant winners (Titles omitted)

Research theme
Ikuya Yamada

Osaka Prefecture University
Graduate School of Engineering

Associate professor

Research on new electrochemical catalyst material that will contribute to the development of next-generation power storage devices 

Kaoru Toko

University of Tsukuba
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

Associate professor

Development of high-mobility thin-film semi-conductor to realize ultra-high performance in flexible devices 

Yu Kumagai

Tokyo Institute of Technology
Materials Research Center for Element Strategy

Adjunct associate professor

Development of oxygen vacancy theory and prediction of oxygen vacancies 

Mami Matsukawa

Doshisya University
Faculty of Science and Engineering


Elucidation of piezoelectric mechanism in bone in the MHz band 

Shun Takahashi

Kyoto Institute of Technology
the Global Excellence Institute for the Promotion of University Strategy

Assistant professor

Research on circularly-polarized light source using topological edge states in semiconductor-based chiral photonic crystals 

Daisuke Urushihara

Nagoya Institute of Technology Life Science and Applied Chemistry
Graduate School of Engineering

Assistant professor

Research on dielectric materials using local structure control based on incommensurate structure 

Satoshi Wada

University of Yamanashi
Graduate Faculty of Interdisciplinary Research Faculty of Engineering


Development of solid ceramic capacitors with three-dimensional conductor-dielectric-conductor configuration with high energy and power density using solvothermal solidification method 

Ken Niwa

Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering

Associate professor

Development of highly active metastable metal nitride and evaluation of electronic properties 

Satoshi Moriyama

International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics

Senior researcher 

Elucidation of transmission mechanism of valley flow in graphene super-lattice structures and its application in quantum devices 

Hiroki Shioya

Institute for NanoScience Design Osaka University

Specially appointed assistant professor 

Pseudo-magnetic field control in graphene and its application in thermoelectric conversion 

Masashige Hamano

Waseda University
School of Political Science and Economics

Associate professor

Research on joining/leaving companies and changes in the current account balance and the direction for monetary policy and the exchange rate system 

Sumiko Takaoka

Seikei University
Faculty of Economics


Empirical research on the international movement of human capital and its effect on cross-border M&A 

Hiroko Oka

Hiroshima University
Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences 

Associate Professor (Special Appointment) or Lecturer (Special Appointment)

Creation of international system to verify the identity of Japanese disaster victims
- Current status and study of joint computer-based training- 

Toshihiro Matsumura

Institute of Social Science
The University of Tokyo


Comprehensive research on behavior maximizing non-profit initiatives in corporate organizations 

Ceremony venue

Venue: Hotel Granvia Kyoto (Genji Ballroom) 
Time: 15:00-19:00
※Attendance by reporters on the day of the event 
Attendance by reporters on the day of the event will be allowed between 15:00 and 15:40. Reporters may come directly to the venue, with no prior notification necessary.  

Murata Science Foundation


0-1, Higashikotari 1-chome, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto Prefecture

February 5, 1985

Tsuneo Murata,

Chairman of the Board and President, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.


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