A UKRI funding opportunity has arisen for UK-based researchers working in collaboration with Japanese researchers on a social sciences, arts or humanities project. Applicants are encouraged to address challenges and opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The full economic cost of the UK part of the project can be between £350,000 to £425,000 (80% funded by UKRI). The Japanese part of the project will be funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and can cost up to ¥30 million. Funding is available for three years. The UKRI and JSPS will fund between 8 and 10 projects. 


You must be a UK researcher of postdoctoral level or higher based at an eligible research organisation.

The project must be developed in collaboration with a Japanese principal investigator affiliated with an eligible research organisation in Japan.

Applicants cannot apply to be a principal investigator on more than one application to this funding opportunity.

The majority of your proposal must be within ESRC’s remit or AHRC’s remit. Interdisciplinary applications that cut across both ESRC and AHRC’s remit are welcome.


The deadline for submission is 14 July 2021 at 09:00 UK time (17:00 JST.) Please note the lead Japanese PI’s institution may set an earlier deadline so it is recommended to discuss this with them in advance.


Full details on eligibility and how to apply available here.