Funding Agency:
United States-Japan Foundation

The United States-Japan Foundation is pleased to announce a restructuring of its Grant Program annual awards cycle. Whereas in previous years, grants were awarded biannually (Spring and Autumn), the Foundation will award grants only in the Autumn starting from 2022. While a greater percentage of the Foundation’s available annual funds will be dedicated to thematic grants, applications in the legacy categories of Education, Policy and Communication & Public Opinion will also be considered.


Deadline for LOI: June 30, 2023

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Areas of Interest

2023 Theme: Disruption and Resilience

Based on the strong response to and on increasingly growing relevance of the Disruption and Resilience theme in years 2021 & 2022, that theme will be continued in 2023. As in 2022, thematic grants will continue to present opportunities for a diverse range of sectors and disciplines to address issues of mutual consequence to American and Japanese societies. The Foundation will favor projects submitted by partnerships of Japanese and American applicants. Projects proposing one year durations are the norm, but multiple year (2 or 3 year) proposals with compelling arguments will be considered. Funding for multi-year grants will be awarded annually (incrementally) based on satisfactory performance. Recipients of thematic grants will be informed about the contents of all other successful thematic applications. All awardees will be expected to interact in biannual gatherings (virtual) organized by the Foundation. Sharing resources, methodologies, discoveries and critiques, each thematic cohort will be expected to devise a method of communicating its relevant insights to specialists and general audiences. The Foundation will actively monitor awards and peer perspectives may be solicited to evaluate the original application or to observe or assist the grantees progress. 

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 30, 2023