Corporate Citizenship ActivitiesPromotion of Science and Technology

Activities Policy in This Area

The Kurita Group will contribute to the promotion of science and technology related to water and the environment by supporting the programs of the Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF)*, including programs to subsidize surveys and research on water and the environment and programs to support international exchange.

  • * Kurita Water and Environment Foundation:
    Kurita Water Industries Ltd. established KWEF in 1997, with the aim of contributing to the promotion of science and technology relating to water and the environment. (It was converted to a public interest incorporated foundation in 2009.)

Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF)

Research Grant Program

Each year, KWEF provides grants to young researchers in Japan and Asia working in the fields of water and water environments to subsidize the cost of research activities and attending international conferences.
Since fiscal 2008, KWEF has been presenting the Kurita Outstanding Research Award to researchers among the grant recipients who, out of all support recipients, have achieved outstanding results.

Commendation Program

The Kurita Water and Environment Foundation awards a JSWE-KURITA Award to master’s course students who made outstanding research presentations at the annual conference of the Japan Society on Water Environment (JSWE), held each spring.
The Society of Environmental Science, Japan also presents two awards: The SES Environmental Research Award for Ph.D. Students (Kurita Research Award), which promotes collaborative research by young researchers, as well as supporting their research and other activities; and the SES Environmental Activity Award for High School Students (Kurita Activity Award), which supports the activities of promising high school students.

International Exchange Support Program

To support international exchange related to promotion of science and technology in fields related to water and water environment, KWEF supports the Nepalese NPO, Center of Research for Environment, Energy and Water (CREEW), and offers support through payment of scholarship grants, etc. for master’s course students at the Asian Institute of Technology, an international university based in Bangkok.

Achievements in FY2023 and Cumulative Totals

  FY2023 Cumulative*1
Number of projects Grant amount (Millions of yen) Number of projects Grant amount (Millions of yen)
Research grants 155 129.3 1,716 1,162.5
Domestic research grants 81 99.9 1,202 948.2
International conference grants 1 0.2 141 48.7
Overseas research grants 73 29.2 373 165.5
Kurita Outstanding Research Award 6 93
Kurita Prize 20 333

*1: Cumulative total since the establishment of KWEF in 1997