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CGP Grant Program - Intellectual Exchange

Proposal deadline: Concept Papers due October 3rd; 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.

The grant program supports U.S.-Japan collaborative projects conducted by universities, think-tanks, and other non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Projects should have a foundation in fostering dialogue and promoting partnerships between the two countries through the exploration of policy-oriented issues. This grant program places emphasis on projects with tangible outcomes, and effective dissemination plans that have broad policy impact.

Current Issues of Interest

CGP supports projects that develop policy solutions through a collaborative U.S.-Japan partnership to current global issues in social science fields.

  • Personal, Societal, and International Security: Issues include climate change; disaster preparedness, mitigation, and recovery; pandemics; non-proliferation; terrorism; cyber security; food, water, and energy security; environmental challenges
  • Global and Regional Economic Issues: Issues include trade agreements; financial stability; sustainable development; poverty and inequality
  • Societal Trends and Concerns: Issues include aging and other demographic change; migration; social disparities; sustainable urbanization; community resilience; robotics/automation

We are open to topics outside of these in the “Current Issues of Interest” provided they meet the goals of this grant program.

Eligibility

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

Requirements

 Projects are required to have the following elements: 

  • Japan-based collaborative partners involed throughout the entirety of the project, from the planning stage to dissemination;
  • A strong U.S.-Japan collaborative partnership as a core of the project; 
  • Contemporary policy-oriented topics 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;
  • At least 1 event each year such as a symposium, conference, or workshop to support dialogue and networking as well as dissemination of outcomes;
  • Tangible project outputs such as a publication, academic paper, etc.;
  • Effective dissemination plan for outcomes including the method of dissemination and intended audience;
  • A minimum of 20% of the total project budget each year must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution, the collaborating institution, and/or other sources;
  • Projects must begin between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018

Priorities

Priority is given to projects that exhibit the following qualities:     

  • Participation from countries other than the U.S. and Japan relevant to the issue, 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;
  • Cost-effective budget plan which includes cost-sharing from collaborating institution;
  • Results that contribute effectively to the existing body of knowledge and/or shape policy and are widely shared and disseminated.

 

Screening Criteria

  • Competence and ability of project leaders and their institutions to execute proposals;
  • Rationale for U.S.-Japan collaborative partnership;
  • Ability of methodology/strategy of project to meet stated objectives of proposal;
  • Potential for long-lasting impact and sustainability;
  • Strength of dissemination plan to effectively reach broader audience;
  • Cost-efficiency of budget

 

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, 2017 -- 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 3, 2016.  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: conceptpaper@cgp.org.

   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, 2016.

Concept papers should be submitted via e-mail no later than October 3, 2016; please download and use this Concept Paper Application Cover Sheet.

For invited full proposals, a hard copy of the signed full proposal and 7 copies should be submitted to the CGP New York Office no later than December 1, 2016. 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 Floor
New York, NY 10019      

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