2020 Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conferences

The Japan Foundation is accepting applications for its Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conferences to encourage the deepening of mutual understanding and establishment of closer relations between Japan and other countries through global intellectual exchange.

This program provides grants partially cover expenses for implementing international intellectual collaborative projects, such as international conferences.
Benefits

  • Travel expenses (international airfares and other transportation expenses, daily allowances and accommodation fees)
  • Honoraria (for presenters, lecturers, interpreters, etc.)
  • Meeting expenses (for preparing materials, venues, equipment, public relations, etc.)
  • Other expenses (for purchasing materials, etc.)

Eligible Area
Worldwide excluding the U.S. and Taiwan.

Duration
Projects must be implemented and completed between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria
Non-profit organizations (e.g., universities, research institutes, and NGOs/NPOs) in any country, except U.S., are eligible to apply.

Eligible Projects

  • International intellectual collaborative dialogues such as international conferences, symposia, seminars, and workshops, where the themes must address to challenges that concern both Japan and other countries and participants from Japan must play a significant role in the dialogues.
  • Some examples of the eligible themes are aging population and low birth rate, environment and energy, influence of science and technology on society, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, democracy and governance, and role of culture in diplomacy and international relations.
  • Projects in the field of natural sciences, commercial activities, arts and cultural activities, activities in support of specific doctrines or claims, and so forth are not eligible for this program.
  • For art and cultural projects (e.g., performing arts, workshops, and demonstrations) implemented overseas by dispatching artists and Japanese culture specialists from Japan.
  • For art and cultural projects (e.g., performing arts, workshops, and demonstrations) implemented overseas by dispatching artists and Japanese culture specialists from Japan.
  • For policy-oriented U.S.-Japan intellectual exchange projects.

Project must fulfill the following requirements:

  • It must be impossible or difficult for the applicants to achieve the purpose of the projects without funding from the Japan Foundation;
  • The plan and method of implementation must be appropriate and there must be ample expectations that they will yield good results.

The proposals that fall under either of the below are not eligible:

  • Projects for religious or political purposes;
  • Commercial activities;
  • Activities in support of specific doctrines or claims;
  • Projects in the field of medicine, manual training or natural sciences;
  • Organization of or participation in sporting events and training;
  • Projects in the field of art;
  • Goodwill exchanges;
  • Social welfare or international development projects;
  • Tourist-oriented programs;
  • Language education programs.

How to Apply

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