ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections grants [OPEN CALL]

The ESRC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are inviting applications for the UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Connections grants, aimed at fostering the development of long-term relationships with Japanese researchers in the field of social sciences and humanities (SSH).

Japan has been identified as a partner of choice and a focus of investment for UKRI, and there are ongoing concerted efforts to enhance levels of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation with Japan across the breadth of UKRI’s remit. Discussions between UKRI and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) have led to the first UKRI-JSPS bilateral call for proposals in the areas of Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Both funders have expressed a desire to develop further bilateral calls in other areas of research. Acknowledging this, and in anticipation of a future UKRI-JSPS research call in the area of SSH, ESRC and AHRC have commissioned this preliminary call in to expand the level of engagement with Japan and to lower the barriers faced by UK SSH researchers seeking to collaborate with Japanese counterparts.

The overall budget for this call is £1.5 million, with funding up to £50,000 (at 100% non standard fEC) per applicant for a maximum period of 18 months.

The closing date for submission of proposals is 27 September 2018. More information, including the call specification, FAQs and Je-S guidance, can be found on the ESRC-AHRC website.

Further queries can be directed to Sean Nolan at or Dawn Greenberg at