Yamada Research Grant (Fiscal Year 2016)

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Currently, in Japan there is a 10-year difference between one’s lifespan and one’s healthspan, the period where one lives without health concerns. During this 10-year period, there is a high risk of cerebrovascular disease, dementia, senility, and reduction of movement function caused by aging muscle, bone, body joint, as well as a high chance of requiring caregiving. The Quality Of Life (QOL) of both the patient and caregivers is presently seen as a problem. We aim to create a society where we can prevent these illnesses. We would like to ensure that elderly persons are mentally and physically healthy, full of vigor, and can live independent lifestyles. We are looking for creative preventive medicine research using bee products with various effects and supplements in order to extend healthspan.


We founded the Yamada Bee Farm with “health for everyone” in mind. We are continuing to research “nature, humanity, and health” from the lens of preventative medicine. In 2008, we started the “Yamada Research Grant” to support creative and meaningful research done by researchers with abroad perspective. One goal is to develop preventive medical research by increasing scientific knowledge. Current year, we are looking for research focusing on “extending healthspan.”


2.Types of Research Grants Programs

1) Preventive Medicine Research Grant

As a result of our super-aged society, we expect that the need for nursing case will increase in the future. We desire to create a society where the elderly can lively in physical and mental health, have a great amount of energy, and also be able to live independently. We are funding research that focuses on physical and mental health in order to achieve an “extension of healthspan.” In addition, as a new food nutrition label system is going to begin in Japan, we expect that more general consumers will have a chance to try taking supplements. We would like to sponsor research on using supplements in an efficient, effective, and safe way to eat. Please not that this is limited research on bee products (royal jelly, propolis, honey, bee larvae, bee pollen, etc.), supplements, and cosmetic materials (including suggestions for new materials) on which have not been reported.

)Physical and Mental Beauty Research focused on “Extending Healthspan”

We are looking for research that focuses on “extending healthspan” while exploring physical health (brain health, bowel health, improving QOL, etc.) as well mental health and physical appearance (beauty). For dermatology research, we are most interested in @study on the skin’s barrier function and improvement of rough skin, research into a lift up effect (and a V-shaped face) Astudy on cosmetic products aimed at menopausal women for improving aging skin caused by hormone imbalance.

Looking for: Researchers affiliated with universities, research institutions, or medical facilities. No age limit.
Grant amount: @ At the cellular and animal level, \1,000,000/year
A For clinical trials, \2,000,000/year
Research grant period: 1-2 years

)Research on the Effective Utilization of Supplements

We are looking for research on the timing of supplement intake(chrononutrition), research related to the pharmacokinetics (ADME: Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion) of ingredients, and formulation research (anti-absorption rate improvement technology). We are interested in research that uses supplements with multiple materials safely and effectively.
Looking for: Researchers affiliated with universities, research institutions, or medical facilities. No age limit.

Looking for: Researchers affiliated with universities, research institutions, or medical facilities. No age limit.
Grant amount: @ At the cellular and animal level, \1,000,000/year
A For clinical trials, \2,000,000/year
Research grant period: 1-2 years

)Continued Development Research

Looking for: Research who have received funding from the Yamada Bee Company in the past. We will fund selected themes for developed research.
Grant amount: @ At the cellular and animal level, \2,000,000/year
A For clinical trials, \5,000,000/year
Research grant period: 1-2 years

2)Beekeeping Research Grant

We will fund research that contributes to the development of beekeeping, environmental protection research related to the maintenance and recovery of nectar sources, as well as other research relative to bee sciences and beekeeping technology development. This year, we are particularly seeking research related to the parasitic mites that cause serious harm to bees.

Looking for: Researchers affiliated with universities, research institutions, or medical facilities. We also accept those involved with environmental protection
beekeeping. No age limit.
Grant amount: \1,000,000/year
Research grant period: 1 year


3. Language

Japanese or English


4.Criteria for Application Review

  1. Those not meeting the following guidelines will not be considered for research grants
    under any circumstances.
  2. In the food sector, food safety can be confirmed because of the vast experience with
    the ingredients. However, in terms of functionality, many beliefs are merely tradition,
    and there is a lack of scientific evidence. In order to truly evaluate functionality as
    pertaining to human health, human clinical trials are necessary. This is why the
    Yamada Research Grant gives priority to preventive medical health views that are
    based on clinical trials as well as effective clinical trials that will eventually lead to
    human clinical trials. However, we may allow exceptions for highly creative
  3. We prefer research that has a confirmed evaluation method and has used bee products in preliminary clinical trials.
  4. Those who have received this research grant in the past and not complied with the items found in the contract will not be given consideration.
  5. As this research grant is meant to help develop young researchers, we will preferentially select researchers under 45.


5.How to Apply

Please register and apply using Bee-RAC, our grant application and inquiry system found on the Yamada Bee Lab Website. Please note that we only accept applications using this system. We will not evaluate applications received using other methods. After logging in, select “English” below the screen.


6.Provision of Research Materials

We will provide to accepted applications bee produce samples (royal jelly, propolis, honey, bee larvae, bee pollen , etc.) and supplement materials available at Yamada Bee Company free of charge (separate from research funding). Please note that we cannot supply materials not listen on our website, “Sponsored Research Materials.” Please let us know the requested amount of research materials when you apply. We will let you know more specific information regarding materials samples to accepted applicants at a later date.


7.Application Period

June 10 (Fri) – July 8, 2016 (Fri), closes at 5:00 pm(Japan Standard Time)


8.Application Screening and Decision

We will review all applications. The first review will be done by Yamada Research Grant audit candidates in our database selected from each field. Please note there is no first review for “continued development research.” For topics that pass the first review, a decision including the amount of the grant will be made by the Yamada Research Grant audit committee with predominately members who are from academic research institutions and industry. The committee will include outside members.
We will notify applications of the application review results via Bee-RAC after approximately 3 months past the application deadline.
We will post selected research topics on the Yamada Research Grant website. Furthermore, the Yamada Research Grant strictly examines all applications with its audit committee. We cannot answer any inquiries regarding why one’s application was accepted or declined.


9. Grant Issuance and Use

Grant decisions letters will be awarded during the grant issuance ceremony held around October of the selection year. All selected applicants must attend. We ask that those who cannot attend for unavoidable circumstances arrange a proxy.
Grants will be issued by the end of Dec. 2016 to the bank accounts of successful applicants. However, for expenses related to clinical experiments, grants will be issued upon passing an ethics committee meeting in the facility the clinical trials are performed. We requirement submission of a copy of the ethics committee approval document. In addition, we will pay for expenses related to academic presentations following the presentation. Presentation material and a grant research academic presentation report will be required to receive payment.
Use of grants is limited to items listed in the research plan.


10.Regarding Use of Personal Information

(1) Use of Personal Information

Personal information acquired from research grants will only be used for purposes related to the application, screening process, decision notice, grant issuance, etc. In addition, there are certain cases where personal information may be shared with partner companies in order to fulfill these purposes. For any questions regarding our use of personal information, please inquiry via the contact form below.

(2) Disclosure of Personal Information

We will publish information on the grant themes for selected applicants (including organizations).).

(3) Personal Information Disclosure, Amendments, and Suspension of Use

We will quickly respond to requests to disclose, amend or suspend use of personal information after verifying the identity of the applicant.


11.Research Report

(1) Written Report

A final written research report (including the research report, payments balance report, and research results meeting summary) regarding the research status and results is to be submitted to the Yamada Research Grant by Sep. 30th of the years that the research grant is completed. The submission deadline is Oct. 20th of the year the grant is completed.

(2) Research Results Meeting

We will have accepted applications give on oral or poster presentation after completion of the research during our Yamada Bee Laboratory Research Results Meeting. If an accepted application cannot participate due unavoidable circumstances, we request that another person attend as a proxy.


12.Attribution of results

Although Industrial property rights which was obtained as a result of the research grant belong to the inventor researchers, researchers must grant the license for the free non-exclusive license to Yamada bee farm.


13.Other Items

(1) Contract Submission

We will have accepted applications sign a contract. Please refer to the issued guidelines for further information.

(2) Suspension of Grant and Grant Repayment

We will suspension grants and claim that repayment be made (either partial or in full) if accepted applications do not submit a written report by the deadline, if the research content is significantly different from when applying, if they report research results before receiving the research grant, if the items listed in the contract are not abided by, or if any activities unrelated to the grant were performed.

(3) Presentation of Research Results

We ask that successful applications inform the Yamada Research Grant when making presentations of grant research results at conferences, in research papers, in other publications, or in the mass media. Please let us know of the content, the date, and the method of presentation before making the presentation. For conferences, please let us know 30 days before the conference; for research papers, please send us a copy of the draft. In case you happen to not inform us in time, please still contact us as soon as possible.
Please make sure that when you give a presentation you indicate that the research is supported by the “Yamada Research Grant.” Please use the following text in research papers, other publications, and presentations.

This research was supported (in part) by Yamada Research Grant.