DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion Graphic Culture Research Grant

DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion grants to research related to graphic design and graphic arts from diverse disciplines, regardless of humanities or science, to contribute to developing graphic design and graphic art culture in Japan and worldwide.

About The Graphic Culture Research Grant

Target Research Fields

Category A: Research on graphic design or graphic art in general

Research on various academic fields related to graphic culture, including graphic design, typography, printing, printmaking, and photography. For example: art history, design history, aesthetics, art theory, museology, art education, comparative culture theory, image engineering, technique materials and conservation science, psychology, law, economics, etc.

Category B: Research on graphic culture-related archives

The creation of an archive related to graphic culture, including graphic design, typography, printing, printmaking, and photography; study and analysis of historical materials contained in an existing archive; basic research on archives per se, including proposals of an organization method or data model.


(1) Full-time researchers (teachers, curators, researchers, archivists, librarians, etc.) enrolled at universities, museums, and other research institutions.
(2) Part-time researchers or postgraduate students enrolled at universities, museums, or other research institutions whom a university professor, director, or equivalent recommend.
(3) Individual researchers who do not belong to a specific institution, etc., and who are recommended by a university professor, director, or equivalent.
The nominator must be a person with expertise in the field, such as a supervisor (past supervisors are also acceptable) or someone in a higher position.

Grant period

One year: January 1, 2025, to December 31, 2025
Two years: January 1, 2025, to December 31, 2026

Grant amount

Up to JPY 500,000/year per case

Screening process and notification of results

The Foundation’s screening committee select grant winners.
Applicants can check the results on the application system in October.
We will post the Adopted Research Topics on the Foundation’s website.

Screening Committee

Toshino Iguchi
Professor, Saitama University
Kenji Kajiya
Professor, The University of Tokyo
Yuko Kikuchi
Head of Academic Programmes, Victoria and Albert Museum
Fujio Maeda
Visiting Professor, Chubu University; Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Seishi Namiki
Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology; Director, KIT Museum and Archives
Yasuhito Nagahara
Graphic Designer
Akira Tatehata
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

※As of March 2023

Call For Grants for Graphic Culture Research 2024

Application period

April 1, 2024, to June 14, 2024

Application method

Applicant Registration

Applicants are to register according to the application system manual.
Application System manualPDFPDF
※The applicant registration page will be available from April 1, 2024.

Click here for the 2024 Applicant Registration

How to complete the application form

You can access My Page after reJagistering,
Please type in the required fields from My Page, download the 'Research Plan form' (Word) and, as necessary, the 'Recommendation form’ below, fill in the required information and upload your application.
※Researchers working full-time at universities, museums, and other research institutions unnecessarily submit a letter of recommendation.
For more information, please see the Requirements.

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■Documents for submission

2024 Research Plan formMicrosoft WordWORD
Recommendation formPDFPDF

Submission of application form

The application is completed by submitting it to the application system after uploading the' research plan' and, if necessary,' recommendation'.
A notification of application completion will be sent to your registered e-mail address.
If you have not received any notification, please contact us.

Confirmation of results

At the end of the screening in October, you will receive notification e-mails and check the results on the application system.

For Grant Recipients, Documents for submission


If you have any questions, please contact us.
E-mail: dnp-foundation-grants(at)
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