DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion Graphic Culture Research Grant

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


The applications for Graphic Culture Research Grant 2020 has been closed.

Target Research Fields

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

Research on a wide range of 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 & conservation science, psychology, law, economics, etc.

Category B: Research on graphic culture-related archives

For example: 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.

Eligibility Grant candidates must be scholars - either individuals or groups - engaging in research relating to graphic design or graphic art.

(1)Scholars affiliated with a university (faculty or graduate student)
(2)Art museum curator
(3)Researchers who have already completed graduate school. A recommendation is required from a university professor or chief curator of an art museum.
(4)Other qualified candidates
Grant amount Award amounts vary according to the content of the intended research, with an upper limit of 500,000 JPY per year. Grant awards to fund a given research project will be renewable once at the most. Plans to apply for continuation grants should be indicated when submitting the initial application.
Grant period (1) One year: January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021
(2) Two years: January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022
Application method To apply, the applicant should download the application form from the Foundation’s website, complete all necessary items, and send them by registered post to the address below. Also, please send it as an attached file of an email with the title “Application for Graphic Culture Research Grants.”
Application period April 1, 2020, to June 17, 2020 (arrival)
Selection method Grant winners will be selected by a screening committee.
Results announcement October, 2020 (subject to change)
Application requirements
and application forms 2020

・Application requirements2020(Acrobat PDFPDF

・Application form 2020(Microsoft WordWORD

Documents for submission

・Interim Report form(Microsoft WordWORD

・Accounting Report(Microsoft WordWORD

・Research Report form(Microsoft WordWORD

・Template for the bulletin paper(Microsoft WordWORD

Grantees who before 2019

Grantees who before 2019, please use these reports

・Interim Report form(Microsoft WordWORD

・Research Report form(Microsoft WordWORD

・Template for the bulletin paper(Microsoft WordWORD

・Application requirements 2019(Acrobat PDFPDF

Address Research Grants
DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
E-mail: dnp-foundation-grants(at)
※ Replace (at) with @
Inquiries Please see the Application requirements.

2020 Screening Committee

Toshino Iguchi
Professor, Graduate School of Humanities
Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Professor Emeritus, Musashino Art University
Fujio Maeda
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Yasuhito Nagahaha
Professor, Tama Art University
Seishi Namiki
Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology; Director, KIT Museum and Archives
Akira Tatehata
President, Tama Art University; Director, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

Selected Research Topics