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US-Japan Policy Studies Grant

Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits for Studies
and Initiatives Addressing Bilateral Policy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United States-Japan Foundation (USJF)

LOI Date:

12/15/19

Deadline Date:

01/31/20 Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA and Japan nonprofit organizations for initiatives, exchanges, and studies related to US-Japan policy. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of this program is to respond to policy-related needs as identified by practitioners and experts in the US-Japan policy studies field. The Foundation is open to innovative projects.

Policy projects the Foundation supports:

- Emphasize research over dialogue
- Have lasting impact and practical relevance to US-Japan policymakers
- Encourage growth, education and interaction of younger scholars and policymakers in both countries
- Disseminate results widely
- Focus on the long term as opposed to addressing the “issue of the moment.” Areas of current interest are:

1. National Interest / Foreign Policy
2. Nationalism(s)/National Identities
3. Energy and the Environment
4. Managing Globalization
5. Understanding Institutions
6. US-Japan Trade and Economic Relations

For further information these focus areas, please see the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

The Foundation actively seeks out the best quality projects in service to the Foundation’s mission, regardless of issue area. Therefore, the above Policy Program Description is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusionary. The Foundation is always looking for unique approaches to improving the US-Japan relationship.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150595

Term of Contract:

The Foundation only makes grants on an annual basis. Proposals can indicate an interest in multi-year funding, but should focus on one year at a time. Approved projects that initially indicated an interest in multi-year support would need to submit renewal proposals for future support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation only funds nonprofit organizations legally incorporated in the United States and/or Japan. The Foundation does not consider or respond to inquiries made from entities outside of these countries.

The following types of projects fall outside of the Foundation’s guidelines: undergraduate education, sports exchanges, publication subsidies (unless directly related to a current USJF project), and scientific research. Grants cannot be made to individuals or for-profit organizations. Foundation grants may not be used for lobbying or to support election to public offices. The Foundation does not award grants as contributions to capital campaigns, endowment funds, deficit operations or for the construction or maintenance of buildings or other physical premises.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation welcomes Letters of Inquiry anytime during the year, but not later than December 15 for the Spring Grant Cycle and July 15 for the Fall Grant Cycle. The Foundation cannot guarantee that Letters of Inquiry received after these dates will be considered for the current grant cycle. Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed and decisions to invite a Full Proposal will be sent as soon as possible.

Full Proposals must be received by January 31 for the Spring Cycle and August 31 for the Fall Cycle. The USJF Board meets in April and October when funding decisions are made. Funding decisions are announced shortly after these meetings.

For detailed Funding Cycle timelines please see: https://us-jf.org/guidelines/application-process/#deadlines

- Application Process: http://us-jf.org/guidelines/application-process/
- Proposal Guidelines: http://us-jf.org/guidelines/proposal-guidelines/
- FAQ: http://us-jf.org/guidelines/faq/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Inquiry may be written in either Japanese or English and could be sent to programs@us-jf.org.

Mr. Daniel Tani
Director of Foundation Grants

The United States-Japan Foundation
145 East 32nd Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 481-8753

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.