Guidelines for 2018 Masao Horiba Awards


The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize scientists and engineers relatively early in their careers who are achieving distinguished results in the field of analytical science and technology. We cordially invite applications from researchers all over the world who are enthusiastically engaged in original research and development at universities or public research facilities.


Eligible Field of Technology: "Advanced analytical and measurement technology in the semiconductor manufacturing process."

We are looking for advanced analysis and measurement technologies that can contribute process control for semiconductor manufacturing process, especially deposition and etch processes.

The monitoring points are not only the device portion on wafer but also the portion including process chambers and fluid delivery systems that can contribute to device performance improvements, and to achieve high efficiency processes, energy savings and yield improvement.

The target manufacturing processes are IC (logic, memory, analog IC), optical devices (display, LED, solar), discrete devices (diode, power IC) and sensor devices (temperature sensor, pressure sensor) and cannot include research of materials and device characterization.


Eligibility of Applicant

An applicant should be a researcher or an engineer at a university or a public research facility worldwide, engaged in research and development in the field described above. The applicant should fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • The applicant is expected to achieve outstanding academic or technological inventions or discoveries in research or development in a field eligible for this award.
  • The applicant is expected to solve important academic or technological issues in the field eligible for this award.

Potential of the applicant is highly evaluated rather than his/her current achievement.
Applications from outside Japan must be made at the invitation from an employee of a HORIBA Group company.



A certificate of commendation will be presented to each recipient of the 2018 Masao Horiba Awards at the award ceremony.

A supplementary award will also be made. Research subsidy of JPY1,000,000 yen will be presented in the first year and the same amount JPY1,000,000 yen for the next year.

The award and the supplementary award will be given on the condition that the winners accept the invitation to attend the award ceremony held in Kyoto on Oct. 17, 2018 and that the winners continue to meet the eligibility described above.


Application for the 2018 Masao Horiba Awards

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. an original completed application form with 1 copy for the 2018 Masao Horiba Awards and a CD-R or DVD which was stored in a PDF file form,
  2. an original signed recommendation letter written by the director/president of the institution or his/her supervisor using the designated form with 1 copy, and a CD-R or DVD which was stored in a PDF file form, and
  3. a maximum three publications which are central to the applied research with 1 copy each, and a CD-R or DVD which was stored in a PDF file form.



For detailed information, please contact HORIBA office in your region.



Submission Deadline

Applicants must submit the above original application documents with 1 copy, and a CD-R or DVD to the HORIBA Group company employee who invited them to apply for the award by Friday, May 18, 2018.
Applications are no longer being accepted.



The members of the Screening Committee for the 2018 Masao Horiba Awards listed below will determine the winners through examination of the achievements and future prospects of the applicants, based on their application documents.


Screening Committee for the 2018 Masao Horiba Awards

  • Chairperson:
    Toshihiko Kanayama, Special Emeritus Advisor
    National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

  • Judges:
    Srini Raghavan, Professor
    Materials Science and Engineering,
    University of Arizona

    Masaharu Shiratani, Professor
    Department of Electronics,
    Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering,
    Kyushu University

    Akinobu Teramoto, Professor
    New Industry Creation Hatchery Center,
    Tohoku University

    Masaki Inoue, Department Manager
    Research & Development Department,
    HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.

    Tetsuo Fujii, Team Leader
    Business Strategy Division,
    HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.

  • Award Director:
    Atsushi Horiba, Chairman & Group CEO
    HORIBA, Ltd.

  • Chief of the Organizing Committee for 2018 Masao Horiba Awards:
    Masayuki Adachi, President & COO
    HORIBA, Ltd.

  • Advisor for 2018 Masao Horiba Awards:
    Kozo Ishida, Senior Corporate Advisor
    HORIBA, Ltd.



Applicants will be notified of the screening results by the end of July, 2018.


Award Ceremony and Commemorative Seminar

Award ceremony and commemorative seminar for the 2018 Masao Horiba Awards, followed by a reception, will be held on October 17, 2018 at Shiran Kaikan, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.


Publication of Awarded Research

Award-winning research will be published in HORIBA’s technical journal Readout.