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Programs that Address Bilateral Policy

US-Japan Policy Studies Grant

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United States-Japan Foundation (USJF)

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Deadline Date:

08/01/22 Receipt


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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. Funding is intended to respond to policy-focused needs as identified by practitioners and experts in the US-Japan policy studies field. The Foundation is open to innovative projects.

Based on the strong response to and ongoing relevance of the 2021 Disruption and Resilience theme, that theme will be continued in 2022. As in 2021, thematic grants will continue to present opportunities for a diverse range of individuals, sectors and disciplines to address issues of mutual consequence to American and Japanese societies. The Foundation will favor projects submitted by partnerships of Japanese and American applicants. Recipients of thematic grants will be fully informed about the contents of all other successful thematic applications. All awardees will be expected to interact in biannual gatherings (virtual) organized by the Foundation. Sharing resources, methodologies, discoveries and critiques, each thematic cohort will be expected to devise a method of communicating its relevant insights to specialists and general audiences.

Policy projects the Foundation supports:

  • Emphasize research
    over dialogue
  • Have lasting impact and practical relevance to US-Japan
  • 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
    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. The Foundation will only allow a maximum of 10% of a grant to be utilized for overhead costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150595

Term of Contract:

Projects proposing one- and two-year durations will be considered. Funding for multi-year grants will be awarded annually (incrementally) based on satisfactory performance.

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:

Whereas in previous years, grants were awarded biannually (Spring and Autumn), the Foundation will award grants only in the Autumn starting from 2022.

Grant timeline for 2022 and beyond:
Autumn cycle:
- June 1: LOIs due
- June 30: RFPs issued
- August 1: Proposals Due
- October (approx. 4th week): Grants awarded

Out of cycle requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that from May 2022 forward materials related to grants will be processed through Submittable. The first step in submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is registration on Submittable©. Please use this link below and follow the steps outlined. When you are a registered user, you can begin the formal process of application. Registration is required.

The Foundation welcomes phone calls and e-mails from prospective grantees to discuss their projects at anytime. Full proposals should only be submitted upon the invitation of the Foundation. Uninvited full-proposals will not be considered.

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Contact Information:

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


While most questions about the status of your application can be answered by referencing your Submittable©portfolio, please feel free to direct inquiries to

The United States-Japan Foundation
145 East 32nd Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Tokyo Office
Reinanzaka Building 1F
1-14-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-0052
Tel: (03) 3586-0541
Fax: (03) 3586-1128

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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