Danone Institute of Japan Foundation (DIJF) annually supports scientific studies on food and nutrition, including studies to prevent various life-style related diseases, with the aim to promote and encourage researches on health and nutrition in Japan.

All applications are reviewed and graded by DIJF scientific council members, and recipients are selected by DIJF board. All research results are presented at DIJF conference.


Winners for 2017 Institution Title
Tomoyo KAWAKUBO-YASUKOCHI Department of Immunological and Molecular Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Fukuoka University
The effect of maternal Osteocalcin during gestation on the epigenentic changes in embryonic glycolipid metabolism
Koichiro WADA
Shimane University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology
Role of dietary habit on the composition of oral microflora and its relevance to systemic diseases: Oral bacteria may be involved in the health life expectancy?
Department of Gene Expression Regulation, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University
Preventive effects of Lacobacillus strains on aging-related diseases and activation of KEAP1-NRF2 pathway
Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Feces microbiota metagenome analysis associated with healthy longevity in centenarians at Kyotango area
Daisuke TOKUHARA Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Osaka Analysis of vitamin D-mediated regulatory mechanisms controlling neonatal innate immunity
Division of Gastroenterology Keio University, School of Medicine
Clinical efficacy of probiotics to lifestyle-related liver diseases

Application Outlines for 2018 Danone Research Grant

Research fields Basic, clinical and/or epidemiological research on health and nutrition.
Evaluation priority will be placed on childhood and elderly nutrition, epidemiological studies on food  habits, efficacy of dairy products and probiotics.
Number of the awardees/
Amount of the grant
(1) General Researchers Grant: Less than 4 awardees, Grant total of 8 million yen/year
(2) Young Researchers Grant: Less than 4 awardees, Grant total of 4 million yen/year 
Period of grant January 1 – December 31, 2018
Qualifications Researchers belonging to the universities or public institutions in Japan (regardless of nationality)
Application procedures Download an application form from the website. The form must be filled out completely, and send it by e-mail or post to the DIJF office.
E-mail attention: josei@danone-institute.or.jp
*Application form should be saved and sent by Word format with password, and the password must be sent by seperate e-mail. 
Selection process All applications are reviewed and graded by DIJF Scientific Council members, and awardees are selected by DIJF Board members.
Application period May 15 (Mon) – July 31 (Mon) 2017, as indicated by the postmark on the envelope

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