Guidelines for 2017 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: "Water measurement enriching people's lives"

The application theme for the 2017 Masao Horiba award, which is the 14th meeting, is "Water measurement enriching people's lives". We are looking for water measurement technology and analytical technology enriching people's living standard from the following viewpoint.

  1. Techniques related to in-situ measurement and analysis (for example, the techniques that can realize real-time measurement by installing or mounting in target areas.)
  2. Technology combining water measurement and information processing technology (for example, ICT, IoT, AI)
  3. Technologies that contributes to the advancement of automatic measurement (for example, maintenance free, non-sampling technology, etc.)

The water in this application includes not only environmental water (lake water, river water, seawater, groundwater) and industrial water (water supply system, sewer system, water treatment such as desalination), but also various kinds of liquids (drinking water, nutrient solution, culture solution, washing solution etc.). However, techniques related to measurement of body fluids and clinical tests are excluded.

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 2017 Masao Horiba Awards at the award ceremony.
A supplementary award will also be made. Research subsidy of JPY500,000 will be presented in the first year and the same amount yearly for the next two years.
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, 2017 and that the winners continue to meet the eligibility described above.


Application for the 2017 Masao Horiba Awards

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. an original completed application form with 1 copy for the 2017 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 19, 2017.



The members of the Screening Committee for the 2017 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 2017 Masao Horiba Awards

  • Chairperson:
    Dr. Satoshi Takizawa, Professor
    Department of Urban Engineering,
    The University of Tokyo
  • Judges:
    Dr. Shane A. Snyder, Professor
    Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    The University of Arizona

    Dr. Akio Imai, Director
    Lake Biwa Branch Office,
    National Institute for Environmental Studies

    Dr. Masaki Torimura, Senior Planning Manager
    Research and Innovation Promotion Headquarters,
    Environmental Management Research Institute,
    National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

    Dr. Hiroharu Yui, Professor
    Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I,
    Tokyo University of Science

    Dr. So Takagi, Deputy Department Manager
    Core Technology Development Department,
    HORIBA Advanced Techno, Co., Ltd.

    Dr. Yoshihiko Kawaguchi, Team Leader
    Core Technology Development Department,
    HORIBA Advanced Techno, Co., Ltd.



Applicants will be notified of the screening results by the end of July, 2017.


Award Ceremony and Commemorative Seminar

Award ceremony and commemorative seminar for the 2017 Masao Horiba Awards, followed by a reception, will be held on October 17, 2017 at Shiran Kaikan, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.


Publication of Awarded Research

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