Guidelines for Applicants of 2014

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Guidelines For Application For The 2014 Yamada Research Grant

The Yamada Bee Company Inc. and the Institute for Bee Products & Health Science are seeking grant applications for creative research on preventive medicine from research investigators.

1. Background and Purpose

In order to protect individual health, the Institute for Bee Products & Health Science has been conducting research on bee products and natural products from the perspective of preventive medicine. The “Yamada Research Grant” was established in 2008 to promote studies on natural products and/or preventive medicine. We welcome applications from not only the specific field of natural products and/or preventive medicine, but also interdisciplinary fields.

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2.Theme of the Application

T.General Research Program

Research topics must be related to natural materials including honeybee products such as royal jelly, propolis, honey, bee larvae, bee pollen, etc. Any original and new research subjects are welcome provided they are related to health science and preventive medicine.

There are two types of grants in this program: “New Research Grant” and “Continuing Research Grant”, as described below.

1) New Research Grant

For researchers or beekeepers who have never received a research grant from the Yamada Research Grant, the following list shows the subjects of application. Please select a theme from the list.

  1. Preventive medical research on natural materials such as honeybee products and/or the ingredient of supplements. The following study disciplines will be given a selection priority.
    1. Brain science, neuroscience, mental science (dementia, depression, etc.)
    2. Cardiology, gastroenterology, metabolomics (metabolic syndrome, intestinal disease, etc.)
    3. Immunology (cancer, allergy, infectious disease, gut immunity, etc.)
    4. Otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, stomatology
    5. Anti-aging (skin, derma, bones, muscles, etc.) or longevity
  2. Research on environmental protection (including honeybee science, reconstruction support, etc.)
  3. Research on utility of preventive medicine (data science, epidemiology, etc.)

2) Continuing Research Grant

For researchers or co-researchers who have previously received a research grant from the Yamada Research Grant.


U.Specified Research Program

Research topics must be focused on clinical trials using 1) royal jelly or 2) propolis in this program as described below.

1) Research on royal jelly

  1. Health maintenance and improvement of muscle or bone
  2. Improvement of blood pressure or flow
  3. Maintenance and improvement of brain function
  4. Immunostimulating effect
  5. Health maintenance of skin

2) Research on propolis

  1. Immunostimulating effect
  2. Anti-allergy
  3. Maintenance and improvement of brain function
  4. Improvement of insulin resistance

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3. Grant Amount

Upon application approved by the Review Committee, research will be supported through the grant. The Program Board has a right to increase or decrease the requested amount of the approved grants.

I. General Research Program

  1. New Research Grant
    Up to 2,000,000 Japanese Yen per theme.
  2. Continuing Research Grant
    Up to 10,000,000 Japanese Yen per theme.

 

II. Specified Research Program

Up to 30,000,000 Japanese Yen per theme.

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4. Research Period

I. General Research Program

  1. New Research Grant
    One year (October 1st, 2014 – September 30th, 2015).
  2. Continuing Research Grant
    One year – three years (October 1st , 2014 –).
    An annual progress report must be submitted and continued funding will be reconsidered annually.

 

II. Specified Research Program

Two years – three years (October 1st , 2014 –).
An annual progress report must be submitted and continued funding will be reconsidered annually.

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5. Age Limit

No age restriction.

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6. Language

English or Japanese.

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7. Review Criteria

  1. A higher priority is given to the research proposal where the preliminary results have already been obtained and/or the research techniques have been already developed.
  2. A higher priority will be given to the research proposal for preclinical trials or clinical trials.
  3. Applications that do not fit to the guidelines are not accepted under any circumstances.
  4. Previous Yamada Research Grant recipients who were disqualified due to guideline-rule violations may not reapply.

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8. Application Method

  • The instruction and the application form can be downloaded from the website of the Institute for Bee Products & Health Science. (http://www.bee-lab.jp/grant/grant/entry_eng.html)
  • Applicants must fill out their private information (biography, contact information, etc.) on the “biography, etc.” sheet that can also be downloaded from the web page of the Institute.
  • The application and attached documents will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with the detailed instructions. Non-compliance with the detailed application instructions are grounds for rejection of the application.

 

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9. Provision of Research Materials

If the grant recipients request royal jelly, propolis, honey, bee larvae, bee pollen and/or the ingredient of health foods as test samples, these items are provided without charge. Please indicate the desired product and amount in the application form. Details of supplies will be decided by mutual consultation after notification of acceptance of the grant application. The available samples are listed on the website: http://www.bee-lab.jp/grant/grant/grant_2014/sample.html

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10. Due Dates for Application

Applications are accepted from May 1st, 2014 until exactly 17:00, Japan time, May 29th, 2014.

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11. Determination of Investigators to be Funded

Applications will be examined by the Review Committee comprising experts from industry and academia. “New Research Grant” applications will be screened by the Review Committee. Funding will require approval of the Program Board of the Yamada Bee Company, Inc. It is anticipated that the applications will be reviewed and approved for funding by the end of August, 2014.The applicants will receive a notice by e-mail by early September, 2014.

The successfully screened applicant must then be approved by the Ethics Committee of the organization to which the researcher belongs or the facility where the trial will be conducted.

The successfully screened applicant must submit an agreement concerning the granted research. For the agreement details, please refer to the website of the Institute for Bee Products & Health Science.

The names of successful applicants will be announced on the “Yamada Research Grant” website. (Please note: inquiries concerning the reasons of the determination will not be answered.)

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12. Provision of the Research Grant and Its Usage

The research grant funding will be provided to the successful applicants no later than December 31, 2014.

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13. Matters Regarding the Treatment of Private Information

(1) Scope of Usage of the Private Information

Regarding the grant research, the private information acquired by the Yamada Bee Company, Inc. and the Institute for Bee Products & Health Science will be limited to accepting the application, making the selection, notifying the outcomes, and providing the grant. As for inquiries regarding private information protection, please contact the Program Board.

(2) Extent of Disclosure of the Private Information

The Institute for Bee Products & Health Science shall be entitled to disclose the name of the grant recipient and/or the granted institute, and the study outcome results of those works under the grant.

(3) Disclosure, Correction, and Withdraw of the usage of the Private Information

Applicants requesting to disclose, correct, and/or withdraw permission for the usage of the private information concerning the granted research, the Institute for Bee Products & Health Science shall address such request in an adequate and prompt manner. (Note: Only the original applicant’s request will be honored.)

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14. Report of research

(1) Submitting the Final Report

After the completion of the research period, the grant recipient will submit required documents to the Yamada Bee Company, Inc. as follows:

  1. Final report of the achievement done by September 30th, 2015;
  2. Proofs of expenditures;
  3. Research abstract.

These documents will be completed using the format provided by the Institute for Bee Products & Health Science. The submission deadline is October 20th, 2015.

 

(2) Reporting Session

The researcher must make a presentation of the funded study results either by oral presentation or by poster presentation at the workshop sponsored by the Yamada Bee Company, Inc.

The required outcome presentation shall describe within the presentation that the research was supported by the “Yamada Research Grant”. When publishing the dissertation or in other publications, the researcher shall reference that “This research was supported (in part) by the Yamada Research Grant” in the acknowledgement.

The researcher shall inform the Yamada Bee Company of any public acknowledgement of the grant before such a presentation.

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15. Other Notes

Termination of the Grant and Request for Refunding

It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to fully understand and comply with the requirements of the grant. Failure to comply with the grant requirements could result in withdraw of the grant funds and/or a request for return of the full amount or a part of the grant funds. Failures to comply include but are not limited to: submitting no reports by the scheduled deadline; finding a significant difference between the research details and what was presented; reporting the results represented before the grant began.

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