2014 Call for Grant Proposals


The Ruby Association is looking to give grants for development projects related to Ruby implementations, libraries and frameworks, including projects that improve existing software.

If you have a good idea, please submit a proposal. However, please note that we do not intend to fund development projects of Ruby applications for specific purposes because the aim of this grant is to improve Ruby and its environment.

Development Themes

  • Improving Ruby implementation (such as performance improvement and memory consumption reduction.)
  • Development support tools (such as debugger, profiler and static program analysis tools.)
  • Web (such as libraries for HTTP, HTML, etc., and web application frameworks.)
  • Tools for enterprise systems (such as reporting tools, batch processing tools, migration tools from the other languages to Ruby.)

Grant Size

JPY500,000 (fixed) for each proposal.

Eligibility for applicants

Any individual or organization can submit one or more proposals.

Selection process

The grant committee will assess the proposals and will select up to a maximum of three projects.

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Impact on the productivity and performance of Ruby and its environment
  • Originality and creativity of the project
  • Feasibility of the project


Accepted applicants are required to submit two reports: the intermediate report and the final report. The grant committee will evaluate them.

Copyrights and licenses of the deliverables

Accepted applicants will retain all rights of the deliverables. However, the deliverables are required to be licensed under one or more OSI approved licenses. When improving existing software, the licenses of the deliverables are required to be compatible with the original software.

How to submit a proposal

Please send an email with the following information (in English or Japanese) to grant(at)ruby.or.jp

  • Applicant name (individual or organization)
  • Contact person
  • Contact e-mail address
  • Brief biography
  • Development Theme (one of “Improving Ruby implementation”, “Development support tools”, “Web”, and “Tools for enterprise systems”)
  • Project title
  • Project details
  • Project deliverables


All dates are in JST (UTC+09:00).

Oct 3 2014 Due date for submission of proposals
Oct 17 2014 Notification of the selection result
Dec 26 2014 Due date for the intermediate reports
Feb 27 2015 Due date for the final reports

Grant committee

The grant committee consists of the following members (in alphabetical order):

  • Akira Matsuda
  • Hiroshi Nakamura
  • Koichi Sasada
  • Koichiro Ohba
  • Yukihiro Matsumoto

Past year’s grant accomplishement reports

Please click here to see accomplishment reports in 2013