2018 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.

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 such as graphic design and printmaking. For example, art history, design history, aesthetics, art theory, museology, archival science, art education, comparative culture theory, image engineering, technique materials/conservation science, psychology, law, economics, etc.

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

Research is carried out using the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion’s “Ikko Tanaka Archives," which includes 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, 2018 to March 31, 2020.
(2) The period for a continuing grant is from November, 2018 to March 31, 2021.
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 17, 2018 (last acceptable arrival date)
Selection method Grant winners will be selected by a screening committee.
Results announcement October, 2018 (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
Vice-President, Saitama University
Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Professor Emeritus, Musashino Art University
Fujio Maeda
Visiting Professor, Chubu University; 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