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CGP Grant Program - Intellectual Exchange

Proposal deadline: Concept Papers due October 15th; Invited Proposals due December 1st
Funding opportunity: Institutional funding
Funding period: 2 years
Funding maximum: $100,000 per year
Contact: Carolyn Fleisher or Lisa Wong

Program Detail

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) is dedicated to strengthening the global U.S.-Japan partnership and cultivating the next generation of public intellectuals necessary to sustain this partnership.

CGP supports a wide range of policy-oriented projects conducted by U.S. and Japanese institutions including universities, think tanks and non-profit organizations. These policy-oriented projects explore contemporary issues of global concern and issues common to the U.S. and Japan, which involve cooperation among academics, practitioners, civil servants, and civil society organizations. Successful projects have domestic and international policy impact.


  • Only submissions from U.S. organizations with 501 (C) 3 status will be accepted. 

  Projects are required to have the following elements: 

  • Applicants must secure Japan-based collaborative partners; 
  • Contemporary policy-oriented topics that are relevant to both the United States and Japan;
  • Ideas and/or participants that include a broad range of viewpoints;
  • Clear and concrete articulation of project design including methodology, participants, events, goals of the project, and outcomes;
  • Each year must include at least 1 event such as a symposium, conference, or workshop;
  • Tangible project outcomes such as a publication, academic paper, etc.;
  • Effective dissemination plan for outcomes which includes the method of dissemination, intended audience, and materials to be produced and distributed;
  • A minimum of 20% of the total project budget must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution or other foundations;
  • Projects must begin between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017


Priority is given to projects that exhibit the following qualities:

  • Demonstrate a strong US-Japan collaborative partnership as a core of the project;
  • Participation from countries other than the U.S. and Japan, especially Asian countries;
  • Inclusion of a broad spectrum of participants, including ethnicity, gender, geography, and fields of expertise relevant to the project;
  • Long-term commitment to the issues;
  • Innovative concepts or approaches to project topic;
  • Results that contribute effectively to the existing body of knowledge and/or shape policy and are widely shared and disseminated.


Application Process

Please download and read the full guidelines prior to starting the application process.

For the annual Intellectual Exchange Program open competition -- projects starting after April 1, 2016 -- there is a two-step process:   

   1. Concept Papers: concept papers should be submitted to CGP for consideration as early as possible, but no later than October 15, 2015.  If successful at this stage, applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal. Email concept papers with the Concept Paper Application Cover Sheet to:

   2. Invited Full Proposals: for those prospective grantees invited to submit full proposals, proposal applications must be received in the CGPNY office by December 1, 2015.

Concept papers should be submitted via e-mail no later than October 15, 2015; please download and use this Concept Paper Application Cover Sheet.

For invited full proposals, a hard copy of the signed full proposal and 8 copies should be submitted to the CGP New York Office no later than December 1, 2015. The full proposal must include the following (please see full guidelines for details):

A. CGP Grant Application Cover Sheet – with original signatures
B. Narrative description of the project
C. Letters from all key collaborating or participating organizations/individuals
D. Detailed project budget using the CGP Budget Template
E. Detailed project timetable – includes types of event(s) and date(s)
F. Curricula vitae for all collaborators and key participants
G. Institutional information

H. Proof of 501(C)(3) status

We kindly request that you do not bind proposals, use notebooks, or plastic packaging. Double-sided copies would be appreciated. 

Submit all materials to:       

Attn: Intellectual Exchange Program
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership  
1700 Broadway, 15th Fl
New York , NY 10019      


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