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Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits to Address Issues Related to US-Japan Policy

US-Japan Policy Studies Grant


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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/30/23
Deadline: 08/10/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Japan nonprofit organizations for initiatives, exchanges, and studies related to US-Japan policy. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to respond to policy-focused needs as identified by practitioners and experts in the US-Japan policy studies field. Current areas of interest include but are not limited to, energy and the environment, managing globalization, foreign policy, and trade. The Foundation is open to innovative projects.

Policy projects the Foundation supports:

  • Emphasize research over dialogue
  • Have lasting impact and practical relevance to US-Japan policymakers
  • Encourage growth, education and interaction of younger scholars and policymakers in both countries
  • Disseminate results widely
  • Focus on the long term as opposed to addressing the “issue of the moment.” Areas of current interest are:
    1. National Interest / Foreign Policy
    2. Nationalism(s)/National Identities
    3. Energy and the Environment
    4. Managing Globalization
    5. Understanding Institutions
    6. US-Japan Trade and Economic Relations

For more information about projects the Foundation supports, please see the Full Grant Text RFP below.

The Foundation actively seeks out the best quality projects in service to the Foundation’s mission, regardless of issue area. Therefore, the above Policy Program Description is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusionary. The Foundation is always looking for unique approaches to improving the US-Japan relationship.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants can only be made to organizations holding non-profit status.

Foundation grants may not be used for lobbying or to support election to public offices. The Foundation does not award grants as contributions to capital campaigns, endowment funds, deficit operations or for the construction or maintenance of buildings or other physical premises.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, nor for profit organizations.

Pre-Application Information
- June 30: Suggested submission date for Letters of Inquiry. Please note that in spite of this deadline, submission should be as early as possible for review. Please attach the Letter of Inquiry “Cover Sheet” along with your LOI.
- July 1-15: Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed and responses sent via email
- August 10: Deadline for receipt of Full Proposal (only invited Full Proposals will be considered)
- August 10 – September: Internal / External review of Full Proposals
- October: USJF Board of Trustees meet to review Full Proposals, make funding decisions
- November: Funding decisions announced

Applicants are encouraged to contact the staff of the Foundation early on in the proposal development process for feedback and guidance.

As communicated in the December 2021 announcement, there will no longer be a Spring cycle.

Letters of Inquiry may be written in either Japanese or English.

The final proposal must be written in English.

Application process:

Proposal guidelines:


Term of Contract
The Foundation only makes grants on an annual basis. Proposals can indicate an interest in multi-year funding, but should focus on one year at a time. Approved projects that initially indicated an interest in multi-year support would need to submit renewal proposals for future support.

Contact Information
Submit LOI Cover Sheet and Letter of Inquiry:

For more information regarding the Pre-college Education Grant Programs at the United States-Japan Foundation, please contact the funding source at the above email address or via phone at (212) 481-8753.


Tel: (03) 3586-0541

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