ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections grants – Deadline 27th September 2018


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.

Japan has been identified as a partner of choice in the new UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) International Research and Innovation Strategy, and there are concerted efforts ongoing to enhance levels of bi- and multi-lateral cooperation with Japan across the breadth of UKRI’s disciplinary remit. The social sciences, arts and humanities (SSH) have been identified as a priority area for collaboration with Japan, and a bilateral research call focused on SSH is currently being developed for 2019-20.

In anticipation of a future UKRI-JSPS research call in the area of SSH, ESRC and AHRC have commissioned this preliminary call in support of the broader UKRI ambition to expand the level of engagement with Japan and to lower the barriers faced by UK SSH researchers seeking to collaborate with Japanese equivalents.

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


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