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Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award

The Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award has closed for applications.

The Benesse Children's Fund has been supporting the realization of "a society in which children with a future can expand their own potential in a safe environment for learning. We support research by junior and senior high school students on their own subjects and help each individual take a step forward to change the world on their own. We create an environment for communication and presentation in which students can engage in research in their own way without anxiety, and our expert mentors accompany students with unprecedented research ideas that are full of individuality and sensitivity.

Application Theme

Subject areas: Any development or research that focuses on one's own characteristics or minority status.

Example of a theme for the call for proposals:

I want to solve issues that I found because I am a minority.
I can't concentrate on conversations with friends in noisy places, so I need to find a way to concentrate.
Why is it that some days I don't want to go outside?
Food availability is limited. We want to create a food environment where people can still enjoy themselves with their families and friends.
I want to communicate my thoughts in ways other than speech. I want to find a way to communicate that suits me.
I have trouble sleeping when I stay out overnight. I want to find a way to get back to sleep.

*In case of sensitive content, the student's name may not be open and a pseudonym may be used when posting on the web or making a presentation.
We will consider follow-up methods according to the characteristics of the applicant, so please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.
We will support you from the beginning of the application process.

A word from the person in charge

Are you feeling bewildered, middle and high school students? Perhaps, if you study those feelings thoroughly, it may lead to the first step to change your surroundings and society. If you have never done research before... don't worry, you will have a mentor with you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summary

Subject of application Junior high school students, high school students, and technical college students (3rd year or younger) who are engaged in research activities
Applicants with hearing or visual impairments are also eligible to apply. (Please consult with us if you have any concerns about other applicant characteristics.)
Usage Expenses required for research and development (materials, purchase of parts, etc., equipment, transportation, etc., but excluding food and beverage expenses). (excluding food and beverage expenses)
Research Support Period September 2023 - March 2024
Thoughts of the person in charge Click here to read the interview article.
briefing If you would like to learn a little more about the research and subject matter of this call for proposals, or if you have any questions, please join us for an online information session.

Dates: Wednesday, June 28, 17:00-18:00

Subject: Teachers, parents, etc.

Contents:

Explanation of the purpose of this research fund

Researcher's Lecture

How to enter research funding

Question and Answer Session

Speakers:

Dr. Akitoshi Shitara, University of Tsukuba

Making Tactile Sense the Standard - Practical Application of Tactile Start Technology in Competitive Sports

Mr. Shitara is an athlete who himself participated in the Deaflympics, the Olympic Games for deaf athletes, and is a researcher who is making things to solve the issues he felt during his participation. In this briefing session, he will give a lecture as a senior researcher of his own research titled "Making Tactile Sense the Standard: Practical Application of Tactile Start Technology in Athletic Sports.

Participation Fee: free


Click here to apply


note (supplementary information) symbol Libanes ID Please log in to the "Application" page and click "Click here to apply".
Application Process Application Process for more information, Application page here Please proceed with the description and application of your research from
Partner Benesse Children's Foundation

Grant Details and Number of Grants Available

Grant details ①. 50,000 yen for research
Grant details (2) Research mentoring by self-study experts
Number of adoptions Approx. 3 persons

Application Requirements

  • The junior high school student or high school or college of technology student who is applying must take the initiative in applying.
  • Have the consent of the parent or guardian or the school to which the student belongs
  • Be able to provide information (including contact information) to be included in the application
  • Early September 2023The applicant must be able to participate in the kick-off event to be held on the day of the event (the date of the event will be decided upon consultation with the adopter). In addition, we will basically consider holding the event on site, but will make online participation available for those who live far away).
  • Principle,December 2023A conference for middle and high school students to be held in "Science CastleMust be able to participate in one of the Kanto, Kansai, or Chugoku-Shikoku conventions of the "Japan International Convention" (in principle, on-site participation is required, but please consult with us on how to participate, if necessary).
  • March 2024To be able to participate in the online results debriefing session to be held on
  • In principle, the applicant must consent to the publication of his/her information, research content and results (including personal information such as the applicant's name, age, school, and photograph) on the website, publications, SNS, and any other media operated by the Benesse Foundation for Children and RIVANES Corporation. (Depending on the content of the research, consideration will be given so that individuals cannot be identified.)
  • The applicant must be able to consent to the sharing of application information with the management team of this research fund (Benesse Children's Fund, the external mentor commissioned by Benesse Children's Fund, and Liverness Corporation).

Timeline

Application period Thursday, June 1, 2023 - Monday, July 31, 2023 17:00
online
briefing
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 17:00-18:00
Application Deadline July 31, 2023 (Monday) 17:00
Interview period Early to mid-August 2023 (online interviews)
Announcement of adoption Early September 2023
Research grant September 30, 2023
kickoff Mid-September 2023
science
castle
December 2023
presentation of results March 2024

Application Process

Confirmation of Terms and Conditions and Application Guidelines

Please review the terms and conditions and the application guidelines on this page, and consult with us if you have any questions about the content.
Science Castle Research Fund Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award Terms and Conditions

Register for a LIVERNESS ID

All middle and high school students who wish to apply are required to register all members of the team, whether they are representatives or not, with their RIBANES ID. The Research Grant Entry screen will appear after you log in to your RIBANES ID, so please register with your RIBANES ID.

Register for a LIVERNESS ID

 

Preparation of Consent Form

If this is part of a school activity, please prepare a consent form for school teachers (for schools); otherwise, please prepare a consent form for the person responsible for the protection of all team members (for individuals). Please download the model of the consent form below.
interpoint (interword separation) Science Castle Research Grant Agreement (for schools and individuals)
Please upload the scanned data of the completed and sealed documents from the application form, and send the original documents to the Science Castle Research Funding Office.

Mailing address: Dateyama, Human Resources Development Division, Liverness, Inc.
Iidabashi Miyuki Building 5F, 1-4 Shimomiyaibicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0822, Japan

Filling out and applying for research

Application page herePlease proceed with the description and application of your research from

In addition, please refer to the following points when writing the following two items when applying for this research grant.

(1) Application item: Why do you want to conduct the research or development (awareness of the representative's personal issues)?
<Points mentioned
Please be specific about how you arrived at the theme of this research, such as what experiences you had and how you felt.
Please also include any reasons why you decided to take on the challenge of research and development, rather than leaving issues and questions unanswered.

(2) Application Item: Anticipated Results and their Significance
<Points mentioned
In addition to the projected results of the research and development, please also describe what you would like the applicant to be like when the research and development is completed (a long-term perspective is fine, not limited to the period of support).

(From left to right)
Executive Director, Benesse Children's Foundation
Mr. Tomohiro Aoki

Benesse Children's Fund Secretariat
Ms. Ai Ito

Research on accepting each other's personality and that child's personality from the teenage years.

The Benesse Children's Fund, a public interest incorporated foundation, has been working to support children with the aim of realizing "a society where children with a future can expand their own potential in a safe environment where they can engage in learning. This year, for the first time, the Benesse Children's Fund established the Science Castle Research Fund Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award to support research by middle and high school students on themselves. This is because we believe that each student's research on his or her immediate self is the first step toward changing the world.

Understanding differences and creating mutual aid

Benesse Children's Fund ("Children's Fund") was established in 2014. It conducts subsidized and voluntary projects under four themes: support for learning that leads to the creation of a better society, support for learning by children with illnesses and disabilities, activities to protect the safety and security of children, and support for learning by children with economic difficulties. Through the past projects, Mr. Aoki felt that, "Until now, support has been provided by adults who find and support children, but this creates a relationship between those who help and those who are helped. This is why we focused our attention on research conducted by junior and senior high school students. What they thought was their own personal issue may become more understandable to those around them through research and communication, and this may lead to a change in society. It may also reduce the number of people suffering from similar issues. We decided to establish the Science Castle Research Fund Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award in the hope that junior and senior high school students themselves will be involved in the realization of a society that accepts the differences that everyone feels to a greater or lesser degree as diversity (:I-inclusion) and that allows them to expand their own possibilities. The decision was made to establish the Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award for the Science Castle Research Fund.

Objectifying discomfort and changing the world through research.

Aoki's voice was full of energy as he said, "You don't have to wait until you are an adult to change society. Until now, people have had no choice but to endure even if they feel uncomfortable or find it difficult to live up to the monotonous standards set by adults. However, by engaging in "all kinds of development and research focusing on one's own characteristics and minorities," an area covered by the Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award, the issues felt by individuals can be objectified, and middle and high school students themselves can communicate problems and solutions. The subjects of research are wide-ranging and include objective observation of patterns of suffering and trouble that even they are unable to verbalize, as well as scientific analysis and verification of hypotheses related to internal experiences such as discomfort and difficulty in doing things. While this research can be initiated by focusing on oneself, the subject of most immediate interest to everyone, it has the potential to develop into world-changing research by connecting what was thought to be one's own personal problems with psychology, cognitive science, and robotics. The research themes that emerge from the questions and wonders that emerge when focusing on differences in values and the environment in which people feel comfortable will be novel and unique from an academic perspective.

Full support for research that is unique to you

The Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award features a substantial and unique support system. That is why we encourage students to apply even if they have an issue or idea that they think is not 'research-like,'" says Ito. The Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award allows all junior high and high school students to use nicknames and avatars for mentoring and research presentations so that they can engage in research in their own way without worry. In addition, since this program targets research that respects the individuality and sensibility of the applicant, there may be cases where the applicant has an unprecedented idea or does not know how to validate it. Therefore, mentors with expertise in the field are available to meet with applicants and provide research support tailored to their individual needs, whether they are new to research or wish to advance their ongoing research in a more specialized way. Above all, contact with people who have different community values than usual should lead to new insights and a sense of place for junior and senior high school students. If you know of any junior or senior high school students who are beginning research on themselves or who are curious about themselves but not sure if they want to make it their research topic, we encourage you to apply for the Benesse Children's Fund D&I Award. (Text by Izumi Dateyama)

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