The ESRC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are pleased to invite applications for the UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Connections grants, aimed at fostering the development of long-term relationships with Japanese researchers in the field of social sciences and humanities (SSH).

Japan has been identified as a partner of choice and a focus of investment for UKRI, and there are ongoing concerted efforts to enhance levels of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation with Japan across the breadth of UKRI’s remit. Discussions between UKRI and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) have led to the first UKRI-JSPS bilateral call for proposals in the areas of Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Both funders have expressed a desire to develop further bilateral calls in other areas of research. Acknowledging this and in anticipation of a future UKRI-JSPS research call in the area of SSH, ESRC and AHRC have commissioned this preliminary call in to expand the level of engagement with Japan and to lower the barriers faced by UK SSH researchers seeking to collaborate with Japanese counterparts. 

The overall budget for this call is £1.5 million, with funding up to £50,000 (at 100% non standard fEC) per applicant for a maximum period of 18 months.

Please note that proposals will be funded under this call subject to funding being secured from the Fund for International Collaboration.

How to apply

The deadline for applications to be submitted through Je-S is 27 September 2018.

Successful awards will be announced in November 2018 and should expect to begin as soon as possible thereafter.

Key dates

  • Call launch – 17 July 2018
  • Closing date for submission of proposals – 27 September 2018
  • Assessment – October 2018
  • Applicants informed – early November 2018
  • Projects commence from – November 2018
  • Projects must conclude – April 2020 

Call documents