2017 DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion Graphic Culture Research Grant

Grants are awarded to support research related to graphic design and graphic arts from diverse disciplines, regardless of humanities or science. The overriding aim is for such research to contribute to the development of graphic design and graphic art culture in Japan and around the world.

Target Research Fields

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

Academic research on topics such as posters, book design, web design, prints and other formats of communication, print reproduction, representation theory, technology, knowledge or history. A sampling of acceptable research fields includes art or design history, aesthetics, study of specific arts, visual communication theory, museum studies, archiving, comparative culture, technique, technology, image engineering, preservation and conservation science, materials science and engineering, and art education.

Category B: Research relating to graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002)

Research on topics such as Ikko Tanaka’s design activities, considerations of his times, and the social significance of his works. Research is to be carried out using the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion’s “Ikko Tanaka Archives," which include not only his works (posters, prints, books, original drawings, etc.) but also related materials such as photographs, collected books and documents.

Eligibility Research scholars must be affiliated with a university, art museum, etc., and must either currently be enrolled in or have previously completed a graduate program at the Masters Degree level or higher. Alternately, individuals who have completed an equivalent portfolio of research to date are also eligible, subject to recommendation for the grant by a university professor or chief museum curator.
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) The initial grant period is from November 2017 to March 31, 2019.
(2) The period for a continuing grant is from November 2017 to March 31, 2020.
Application method The application forms can be downloaded using the links below. Completed applications should be returned by post to the Foundation's address, clearly marked as containing a "Grant Application." Applications are not accepted by e-mail or fax.
Application period May 1 to July 14, 2017 (last acceptable arrival date)
Selection method Grant winners will be selected by a screening committee.
Results announcement October, 2017 (subject to change)
Application requirements
and application forms

・Application requirements(Microsoft Wordword/ Acrobat PDFpdf

・Application form(Microsoft Wordword/ Acrobat PDFpdf

Research Report

・Interim Report form(Microsoft Wordword

・Research Report form(Microsoft Wordword

Address Research Grants
DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Inquiries Please see the Application requirements.

2017 Screening Committee

Toshino Iguchi
Professor, Saitama University
Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Professor, Musashino Art University
Fujio Maeda
Visiting Professor, Chubu University; Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Seishi Namiki
Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology; Director, KIT Museum and Archives
Taku Satoh
Graphic designer; Vice President, Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA)
Akira Tatehata
President, Tama Art University; Director, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

Selected Research Topics

2016

2015

2014