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The Economic and Social Research Council (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. 

Level of funding

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.


For further information please see the ESRC website.

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Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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