Pro Natura Fund Grant

Pro Natura Foundation Japan

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Grant amount: Up to ¥1,500,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 11, 2020 8:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Africa; Americas; Europe; Oceania; Central Asia Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Pro Natura Fund is a conservation grant program managed by Pro Natura Foundation Japan (PNFJ). This program is focused on the scientific research and enlightening activities concerning the conservation of biodiversity and the relationship between human and the environment.

This overseas grant program supports investigation and research aiming at conservation of ecosystem, and enlightenment activities aiming at the improvement of conservation awareness, in areas other than Japan. For example, projects dealing with local environmental issues which have relations with Japan, such as over-deforestation and development of land by Japanese companies, and destruction and contamination of natural resources due to the development of products exporting to Japan, are considered to be important in PNFJ.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The grant is applicable for groups as well as individuals on conditions that meet the following criteria:
    • Applicants should be an individual or a group and must be recommended by a scientist or a member of environmental groups in Japan.
    • Applicants should have an excellent achievement in the field of nature conservation and/or environmental education.
  • Projects that are qualified to be granted by PRO NATURA FUND include:  
    • Research projects such as:
      • Biological, ecological, geomorphological, hydrological, or meteorological study focusing on local  nature conservation. 
      • Environmental study for the purpose of conservation on land area such as forest, and aquatic  area such as tidal flat, seaweed bed and estuary.  
      • Investigation on endangered animal and plant species.  
      • Investigation on introduced or invasive species.  
      • Study which aims to solve nature conservation issues occurring today.  
      • The development of research method which contributes to solve nature conservation issues.  
    • Activity projects such as:
      • The protection of wild animal and plant species, ecosystem, geological features or hydrological  environment.  
      • The promotion of conservational and environmental education, and the enlightenment of nature  conservation thought.
      • The publication/production of booklets, books and image contents which appeal to the public  about nature conservation.
      • The holding of symposium, seminar or events which appeal to the public about nature  conservation.
    • The combination of 1) and 2).
  • Projects should take place outside of Japan but have relevance with Japan.
  • Applicants may make a short-term visit to Japan, if necessary, as a part of the project.
  • Applicants from anywhere in the world are eligible.


  • A long-term stay for the purpose of studying in Japan is not applicable.
  • The grants should not be used as salary for the applicant nor as travel expenses for any researchers from Japan to join the projects.
  • Project results should not be used to secure profits for commercial purposes.
  • Project proposals should not be made simultaneously to any other organizations in Japan.