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Release Date: May. 30, 2018

Publisher: Shiseido

Technology / R&D

Announcement of 10 Grant Recipients for 11th Shiseido Female Researcher Science Grant

Supporting Female Researchers Who Will Play a Leading Role in the Future and Broadening Perspectives for the Next Generation

Shiseido Company, Limited (hereinafter “Shiseido”) has selected 10 grant recipients for the 11th Shiseido Female Researcher Science Grant (total number of applicants: 126 people). The grant is established based on the idea that supporting female researchers who will lead the next generation contributes to the development of science and technology. This grant award has expanded research areas beyond cosmetics-related studies and does not set any age limits or requirement of submitting a letter of recommendation from a professor as part of the application process. Furthermore, the recipients are allowed to use the funds for a wider range of purposes including support in their particular life stage if the aim is solely to advance their research. More than half of nearly 100 past recipients were promoted after receiving this grant and expanded their field of activities even further. Going forward, Shiseido will continue to support outstanding female researchers in pursuing their research activities and contribute to nurturing female researchers who will play a leading role in science.
The grant award ceremony is scheduled to be held on Friday, July 6th, and the recipients will each receive a grant of one million yen from Shiseido.

Background to the Establishment of the Shiseido Female Researcher Science Grant

The number of female researchers in Japan reached the largest on record last year and accounted for 15.7% of total researchers, renewing the record high percentage*1. However, that is still significantly lower than in other countries (e.g., 45.6% in Iceland which ranked first, and 34.3% in the U.S. at the 14th place)*2. One of the reasons for this disparity is that women are more susceptible than men to life stages such as giving birth, childcare, and taking care of elderly parents, while at the same time the support infrastructure is insufficient. In view of these circumstances, Shiseido established this Shiseido Female Researcher Science Grant in 2007 with the purpose of supporting female researchers specializing in natural science who are aiming to be leaders in their respective fields.
*1 Based on the Survey of Research and Development 2017, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan.
*2 Based on the White Paper on Gender Equality 2017, Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office, Japan.

Supporting Female Researchers

This grant targets various research areas and is applicable to female researchers engaged in all natural science fields. Shiseido allows these funds to be used not only to cover research expenses including purchase of reagents and equipment but also for other purposes such as conference-related expenses and hiring babysitters or research assistants to support female researchers to continue their research without concerning about their particular life stage. Winning an award of this grant contributes to women moving up a career ladder in and outside of academia.

11th Shiseido Female Researcher Science Grant: Outline of Grant Award Ceremony

Name:11th Shiseido Female Researcher Science Grant Award Ceremony
Date:Friday, July 6th, 2018, 10:00-12:30
Place:Space FS Shiodome (Shiodome FS Building 3F, 1-1-16 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Ceremony Agenda:
Greeting by Ceremony host [Youichi Shimatani, Chairman of the Grant Committee, Corporate Executive Officer, Shiseido Co., Ltd.]
Commemorative trophy presentation / Speeches by the 11th and 10th Grant recipients
Congratulatory speech by outside committee member
[Dr. Kashiko Kodate, the Grant Committee member, Professor at the University of Electro-Communications and Professor Emeritus at Japan Women's University]
Keynote address ‘Hail the Winners!’
[Dr. Sachiko Matsushita, Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology (1st Grant recipient)]
[Dr. Harumi Sato, Professor at Kobe University (2nd Grant recipient)]

11th Shiseido Female Researcher Science Grant: List of Grant Recipients

Grant Period: June 2018 - May 2019

Affiliated Institution

Aiko Ishiki, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Geriatric Medicine and Neuroimaging, Tohoku University Hospital
Assistant Professor

Ayako Fukunaka, Ph.D.
Lab of Developmental Biology & Metabolism, Institute for Molecular & Cellular Regulation, Gunma University
Research Assistant

Ayano Chiba, Ph.D.
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

Kyoko Hida, D.D.S, Ph.D.
Department of Oral Pathology and Biology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hokkaido University

Mamiko Asano, Ph.D.
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University

Mihoko Maruyama, Ph.D.
Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering
Kyoto Prefectural University, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
JSPS Research Fellow, RPD
Specially Appointed Associate Professor (Part-time)

Momoko Deura, Ph.D.
Department of Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
Assistant Professor

Sayaka Miyabe, Ph.D.
Course of Materials Science & Engineering, Division of Materials & Manufacturing Science,Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Assistant Professor

Sayaka Sugiyama, Ph.D.
Niigata University, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
Associate Professor

Seira Morimune-Moriya, Ph.D.
Department of Applied Chemistry, College of Engineering, Chubu University
Senior Assistant Professor

Names listed in alphabetical order without honorifics.

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