British Council Grants for UK-Japan Research Collaborations 2024

Deadline: 19th of January, 2024

They invite applications for UK-Japan research proposals under the themes of ‘transformative technologies’ and ‘tomorrow’s talent’ supported by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology’s International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF).

Grants for projects with a full economic cost of up to £100,000 will be available for funding at 80% FEC under this ISPF research collaboration programme for bilateral research and innovation collaborations under the ISPF. Priorities set with Japan at the call design stage.

The call will fund Global Challenges Research Grants to support and facilitate research that tackles global challenges. The total funding available for this call is £480,000.

Under this call for proposals, projects should consider:

  • transformative technologies: artificial intelligence, quantum, engineering biology, semi-conductors, future telecommunications
  • tomorrows talent: research capacity, research systems, research pipeline.


Each proposal must have one principal applicant from the UK and one principal applicant from Japan:

  • Both principal applicants must be leading researchers or established researchers 3.
  • Principal applicants must be permanent employees. Emeritus and honorary professors may not apply as lead.
  • A not-for-profit higher education institution with the capacity to undertake high-quality research.

British Council are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and to continuing to attract and nurture talented people from the widest pool to remain internationally competitive in research and innovation. We believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed. This includes avoidance of bias due to disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, sex (gender), and age.

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity and will consider, on a case-by-case basis, requests for support to encourage underrepresented groups to engage in ISPF activity, so long as sufficient justification is provided.


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