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Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program

Matching Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to Support
the Expansion of Japanese Studies Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation, New York (JFNY)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 Receipt


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Matching grants to USA nonprofit organizations and universities for programs that promote the expansion and growth of Japanese Studies throughout the country. Funding is intended to support faculty compensation, travel costs, teaching and research materials, conferences, honoraria for lectures, and student expenses.

The Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program is designed to encourage innovative and sustained growth of Japanese studies in the United States. Grant coverage may include support for faculty, instructor, or staff salaries, travel expenses, honoraria for lectures, visiting scholar support, graduate and undergraduate support, acquisition of research and teaching materials, conference and seminar expenses, and acquisition of library and digital resources. Strong consideration will be given to proposals that identify and respond to national needs in Japanese Studies. Applicants should formulate convincing proposals that will help stimulate and respond energetically to substantial initiatives in Japanese Studies.

The Japan Foundation welcomes Institutional Project Support (IPS) proposals designed to meet institutional needs in Japanese Studies, whether for a single institution, collaborating institutions or consortia. Applications that create tenure or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies are especially welcome. 

Grant Coverage:

- Full or part-time faculty, instructor, or staff salaries (The salary scale and CV should be attached to the application form.)

- Travel expenses, including per diem and accommodation expenses for scholars, lecturers, and students

- Honoraria for lectures

- Visiting scholar support

- Graduate and undergraduate support  (This includes scholarship and internship support, study abroad opportunities, and semester-long placements or exchanges.)

- Research and teaching materials

- Conference and seminar related expenses ('Related expenses’ may include venue/equipment rental fees, translation fees, and expenses toward the production or publication of proceedings. Costs for receptions and lunch/dinner will be given low funding priority.) 

- Library and digital resource support

Japanese language-related components may be supported if they are part of a more comprehensive Japanese Studies project. 

Criteria for Evaluating the Content of the Proposals are:

- Significance within the field

- Potential for lasting impact and sustainability

- Potential for expansion

- Cost efficiency of funding request

Proposals should describe the applicant's plans to maintain the project when the grant from the Japan Foundation ends, as well as plans to sustain any grant-supported faculty hires beyond the funding period.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162189

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of the grant request from the Japan Foundation is $150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Projects must commence between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 and its duration can be up to three years. (There are some exceptional cases for faculty hires.) The decision of whether to fund beyond year one will not be made automatically, but rather upon assessment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Small institutions, newly established institutions, and institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies at the graduate level are also highly encouraged to apply.

For hiring of faculty, ordinarily, funding will be awarded only for the creation of incremental positions. In all cases, it is expected that the grantee institution will continue to support the position on a long-term basis after the initial period of JF funding ends. Neither temporary additions, nor new positions filled by relocating current faculty members of the institution will be supported. The Japan Foundation does not support costs related to searches for new faculty.

The 10 Universities that received sizable Japanese government donations in 1973 are eligible to apply but will be given lower priority except in cases in which their proposals are involved in outreach, consortium building, or partnering with institutions and organizations in Japan.

Projects must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for application:

- They must not be used for political, religious, social welfare, or commercial activities.
- They must not be activities in support of specific doctrines or claims.

The aim of the project must be to promote Japanese Studies. The following proposals are not eligible:

- 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 (art-related projects such as exhibitions, film series, etc. that form a portion of a larger, comprehensive Japanese Studies project may be funded)
- Goodwill exchanges
- Social welfare or international development projects
- Tourist-oriented programs

Ineligible budget items:

Pre-Application Information:

Application materials must arrive at the JFNY office no later than Friday, November 1, 2019. JFNY does not accept applications submitted by e-mail or fax.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the screening in April 2020 through the Japan Foundation, New York.

Applicants must be prepared to match the JF grant equally, and optimally, at higher levels. Matching funds can be both cash and in-kind contributions.

JF contributions are limited to up to half of the total cost for the appointee's salary and social welfare expenses during the grant period. Applicants may propose to have the new appointee’s salary matched at 50% by JF for each year of the three years of salary support, or at a declining JF match (such as 75% - 50% - 25%) over the three years, as long as the JF support for the salary portion does not exceed 75% in any year.

Applicants to this program are not eligible to apply to the IPS Small Grant Program for fiscal 2020-2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to:

The Japan Foundation, New York
Attn: Japanese Studies Division
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Tel. 212.489.0299
Fax. 212.489.0409

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