Guidelines for 2024 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.

2024 Guidelines (PDF)


2024 Theme

Analytical and Measurement Technologies for a Clean Water Environment and Sustainable Society


Eligible fields for 2024 Masao Horiba Awards

1) Novel Measurement Technologies for Water Environmental Pollutants.
(This is relevant to technologies contributing to the resolution of societal challenges by enabling the measurement of substances that were previously unmeasurable and thus lead to clean water environment. For example, technologies for measuring hazardous substances such as marine microplastics.)

2) Novel Water Quality Sensing Technologies & Systems for Sustainable Water Treatment.
(This includes technologies contributing to a sustainable society and recycling.)

Liquid samples, mainly composed of water, including biological specimens, fall within the scope of the application. This covers research on advancing sensing technologies, including increased longevity, miniaturization, energy efficiency, resource conservation, zero emissions, and simplification.
However, studies exclusively contributing to the advancement of pathology or medicine 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.

In consideration of the purpose of this award, a paid employee of a private company at the time of application and the awards ceremony is ineligible for the award.

The potential of the applicant is taken into account and highly evaluated rather than his/her current achievement.

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A certificate of commendation will be presented to each recipient of the 2024 Masao Horiba Award at the award ceremony to be held in Kyoto city on October 17, 2024 (Venue to be announced at a later date). A supplementary award which is a research subsidy of JPY1,000,000 yen will be presented in the first year, and the same amount of JPY1,000,000 yen will be presented in 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 and that the winners continue to meet the eligibility requirements described above.
In consideration of the purpose of this award, a paid employee of a private company at the time of the research subsidy receipt is ineligible for the research subsidy.


Application for the 2024 Masao Horiba Awards

Application Procedures:

Please follow the procedure below to apply for the awards.

  1. Prepare the following documents for attachments
    1. Application Form in PDF or Word format (English)
    2. Letter of Recommendation in PDF or Word format (English)
    3. 3 Research papers in PDF (English)
  2. Submit your application online:

    Please access to the “Online Application” and submit all required document as described above

  3. Applicant and recommender’s stamp or signature are not required. However, we will send the verification email to verify you and your recommender. Please be sure that you and your recommender respond to this verification email separately. The application process will be deemed completed upon the receipt of the verification response emails from applicant and recommender. Due to this email verification process, it will take several days for us to send you the official application receipt notification.

For detailed information, please contact to the Secretariat of Masao Horiba.


Application Deadline

Application should be made online via this website on or before May 11,2024 (PDT).
Any applications by post or email are not acceptable.


Flow of Application Procedure

1Application from this website*Deadline: May 11 (PDT)
2Temporary acceptance of application
Verification of applicant and recommender's identities by email.*Upon receiving email from the Secretariat, please respond to the email at the earliest.
3Verification procedure completed
The procedure is completed when Secretariat acknowledge replies from both applicant and recommender.
4Acceptance of application



Applicants will be notified of the screening results by the end of July, 2024.


Award Ceremony and Commemorative Seminar

Award Ceremony and Commemorative Seminar: To be held on Thursday, October 17, 2024 at Kyoto City. (Winners will conduct discussions and visual presentations that appeal to the general public.)