Addressing COVID-19 challenges with Japanese researchers

Funders: ESRC, AHRC and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Opening date: 21 April 2021

Closing date: 14 July 2021 09:00 UK time

Award range: £350,000 – £425,000 (100% full economic cost) per project. UKRI will meet 80% of the fEC.

The ESRC and AHRC of the UK and the JSPS, are pleased to invite high quality social science, arts and humanities proposals between UK and Japanese researchers.  

The funders are particularly interested in proposals that acknowledge the current global context in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and aim to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.

The total UK budget for this opportunity is £3 million. The total Japanese budget for this opportunity is ¥300m. Together the funders expect to support up to ten joint proposals for a period of three years.

Successful projects will be expected to begin in December 2021.

UK applicants should liaise with their lead Japanese collaborator as they are responsible for coordinating this submission.

Please contact ReDS team to discuss your proposal and then complete a GIF form and send to by Friday 14 May 2021.

For a full description of the call and guidance for applicants please visit

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