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.


General Researchers Grant
Winners for 2021 Institution Title
Satoshi KIDA Laboratory of Nutritional Chemistry, Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo Understanding mechanisms underlying regulation of memory by essential amino acids and the application for treatment of cognitive disorders
Makoto MURAKAMI Laboratory of Microenvironmental Metabolic Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo Mobilization of phospholipid-derived lipid mediators in milk and their effects on offspring
Yosuke KURASHIMA Innovative Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine and School of Medicine, Chiba University Screening and verification of Lactobacillus spp. strengthen intestinal barrier
Young Researchers Grant
Winners for 2021 Institution Title
Kosuke MOTOKI Department of Food Management, School of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Miyagi University, Sendai, Japan Elucidating the processing of nutritional information in the elderly: Evidence from a combination of eye-tracking and experimental psychology methods.
Hiroshima University
Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life Program of Food and AgriLife Science
Exploration of potential roles of homocarnosine in brain and its application in pre/probiotic foods
Hayato TSUKAMOTO Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University The investigation of breakfast patterns and 2nd meal impacts on the relationship between cognitive function and neurovascular coupling; a fMRI study
Tomohiro IWATA University of Tsukuba Does spermidine suppress age-related skeletal muscle atrophy?

Application Outlines for 2022 Danone Research Grant

Research fields Basic, clinical and/or epidemiological research related to nutrition, food and health.
Evaluation priority will be placed on childhood and elderly nutrition, epidemiology on food habits, benefits of dairy products and probiotics, and effect measurement of nutrition education. 
Number of the awardees/
Amount of the grant
(1) General Researchers Grant: 3 awardees, Grant total of 6 million yen/year or less
(2) Young Researchers Grant: 4 awardees, Grant total of 4 million yen/year or less 
Period of grant January 1 – December 31, 2022
Qualifications Researchers belonging to the universities or public institutions in Japan.  For Young Researchers Grant, young male researchers under 35 years old and young female researchers under 40 years old at the end of application period. 
Application procedures Select either 1) or 2).  Download an application form from the website. The form must be filled out completely, and sent to DIJF office. 
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 (Sat) 2021

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