Intellectual Exchange

Discretionary Grants

  • Proposal deadline: Rolling
  • Funding opportunity: Institutional funding
  • Funding period: Up to 12 months
  • Funding maximum: $10,000

This program supports one-time conferences and workshops that explore current, policy-relevant US-Japan issues. Concept Papers are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least two months prior to the project start date.


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


Projects are required to have the following elements:

  • Applicants must include a Japanese perspective;
  • Contemporary, policy-oriented topics relevant to both the U.S. 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, such as a symposium, conference, or workshop, to support dialogue and networking;
  • A minimum of 20% of the total project budget must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution or other sources;
  • Projects must begin between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Application Process

  1. Concept papers of 2-4 pages stating project rationale, participants, events, and estimated budget should be submitted via e-mail at least 2 months prior to the project's starting date. (Applicants will be notified of the decision 1-2 months after the submission of the formal proposal, so please plan your timeline accordingly);
  2. IF invited, CGP will provide a Discretionary Grant Application Cover Sheet and a budget template so that the applicant can submit a formal full proposal;
  3. Full proposals need to include:
    • Discretionary Grant Application Cover sheet with original signatures;
    • Narrative of at least 4-5 pages including project rationale, project time line and activities, and anticipated impact;
    • CV of project director and key participants;
    • Detailed budget with total project costs as well as the line items and amount requested from CGP;
      • A minimum of 20% of the total project budget must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution or other sources;
      • Direct Costs (reasonable project costs directly related to the proposed project) should be itemized. Examples of direct costs include salary & honoraria, travel, per diem, conference room rental fees, report & publication costs.
    • Proof of 501(c)(3) status;
    • Institutional Information (annual report, etc.).
  4. Only hard copies of proposals can be accepted at this time; applications via e-mail cannot be accepted.
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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