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Publication Programme

The NEF Publication Programme supports scientific publications which are derived from applicant’s own research work and will expand knowledge of nature conservation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.


Programme Outline

1. Grant size and duration

The maximum grant size in this programme is 1,000,000 Japanese yen per project for a maximum duration of one year. 


2. Eligibility requirements

2-1 An applicant must:

  • be a national of developing country in the Asia-Pacific region (see 3. Target countries and regions below);
  • be a researcher/scientist working full-time and conducting research at a research institution or relevant organisation one of the countries listed on 3. Target countries and regions below;
  • be the author for the proposed publication with single author or the first author for the proposed publication with multiple authors;
  • have ability to communicate in English;
  • have no other applications submitted to the NEF at the time of application submission; AND
  • have no other on-going projects funded by the NEF at the time of application submission.

2-2 The applicant's co-author(s) must:

  • be a researcher/scientist working full-time and conducting research at a research institution or relevant organisation;
  • have no other applications submitted to the NEF at the time of application submission; AND
  • have no other on-going projects funded by the NEF at the time of application submission.

2-3 A proposed publication must:

  • be on the topic of nature conservation (e.g., natural environment, its conservation and sustainable use, etc.) of the country where the applicant/co-author(s) currently work(s);
  • be printed as a book material;
  • be derived from the applicant/co-author(s)’s own research work on a particular topic in nature conservation;
  • be expected to deepen and expand knowledge of natural environment and its conservation on the part of the general public, local community, and/or science community;
  • be written in English or both in English and the applicant’s national language;
  • have no copyright issues; AND
  • be published within one year as scheduled.

Please note:

  • the applicant must complete a full-length manuscript before application submission;
  • the manuscript should comprises a body of primary-source materials or data from the applicant/co-author(s)’s own research; and
  • the manuscript should be proofread by colleagues or other professionals who are native speakers of English or proficient in English writing before application submission.


3. Taerget countreis and regions                          

The target countries in the Asia-Pacific region include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.


4. Eligible expenses                          

The programme only supports: printing cost including design and layout; and distribution cost inside the applicant’s country.


5. Obligations of grant recipient

If granted, grant recipients should:

  • be responsible for individuals and organisations/institutions to which the recipient subcontracts for various parts of the publication project;
  • make an appropriate acknowledgement of the NEF’s support inside with the NEF’s official logo mark on the front cover of the publication; and
  • submit two copies of the proposed publication and a detailed financial report.


NEF expects all our applicants/recipients to understand and follow ethical standards in science as a professional scientist. Any improper attitudes, e.g., improper grant spending, fraudulent grant acquisition, research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, plagiarism), etc. are not acceptable and subject to penalty.



How to Apply

1. What to submit

Applicants are required to submit:

  • One (1) completed application form both in MS Word and PDF;
  • One (1) full-length manuscript of the proposed publication after English native check either in MS Word or searchable PDF;
  • Copy of three (3) scientific publications that are the most contributing to the contents of the proposed book (see the section 2.5.3 of the application form);
  • One (1) recommendation letter; AND
  • One (1) estimate issued by a publisher/printing company (if the estimate is written in applicant’s national language, please also attach its English version);

Instructions and application form are available at Forms & Guidelines.


2. Where to submit

All the required documents should be submitted to the NEF Secretariat by e-mail (secretariat@nagaofoundation.or.jp).


3. Deadlines

Application deadlines for this year are twice a year: 17 April 2023 and 16 October 2023. All the required documents must reach the NEF Secretariat before/on the deadline date for either April or October. Neither incomplete application documents nor delayed submission will be accepted.


4. Evaluation

The NEF Secretariat will check applications whether all the requirements mentioned above are fulfilled. Only those qualified applications will be examined twice a year by the NEF Selection Committee for approval/rejection decision. Please note that your final grant amount may be the same as or lower than budget amount you requested based on selection results.

The following factors will be considered during the selection process:

  • relevance and importance to nature conservation;
  • reasonableness of contents and structure of the proposed publication;
  • originality and quality of the proposed publication;
  • feasibility of the publication schedule;
  • reasonableness of the budget;
  • applicant’s past achievements/experience; and
  • recommender’s statement on the applicant and application.


5. Screening for plagiarism

Please note that both applications and manuscripts will be screened for plagiarism using iThenticate plagiarism detection system during the selection process. The NEF Secretariat will reject applications leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.


6. Result notification

Result announcement will be made on our website by four (4) months after each deadline. Successful applicants will receive a letter of approval, report instructions, and account information form by e-mail.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Secretariat will only contact the successful applicants and those ones who receive the Selection Committee’s feedback. Thank you for your understanding.



Forms & Guidelines





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