FAQs

SHOULD I APPLY FOR A DAIWA FOUNDATION SMALL GRANT OR AN AWARD?

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Awards provide support for different types and levels of projects. The differences between them are:

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants Daiwa Foundation Awards
Funding levels Between £2,000 and £7,000 Between £7,000 and £15,000
Applicant Individuals or organisations Organisations only
Project type Small-scale projects;
Pump-priming for early stage collaborations
Larger-scale projects that are the result of existing institutional collaborations
Field of activity All fields of activity that promote interaction between the UK and Japan Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in most academic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHETHER MY PROJECT IS SUITABLE?

Please read the details in this section carefully, including the notes included in the Grant Application Form. The Foundation is also happy to provide advice about possible applications – please contact grants@dajf.org.uk.

DO I HAVE TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE UK OR JAPAN IN ORDER TO APPLY?

As the Foundation’s purpose is to support links between the UK and Japan, applicants must be resident in either the UK or Japan and demonstrate a long-term commitment to UK-Japan relations.

WHICH LANGUAGE SHOULD I USE WHEN APPLYING?

All applications must be completed in English.

I WISH TO APPLY FOR A DAIWA FOUNDATION AWARD BUT I DO NOT HAVE A JAPANESE/BRITISH PROJECT PARTNER. CAN THE FOUNDATION HELP?

The Foundation welcomes enquiries about potential Daiwa Foundation Award projects but it is the responsibility of the applicant to establish a relationship with a partner. If your project is at an early stage, you may wish to consider a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant to begin with.

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION IN A SINGLE CALENDAR YEAR?

All applications received by the Foundation are given full consideration though priority is generally given to new applicants.

I WISH TO USE FUNDING FROM THE FOUNDATION TO COVER A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PROJECT COSTS. CAN I DO THIS?

Funding from the Foundation may be used to cover different costs but at all times must be used to support collaboration between the UK and Japan. You must state in the application form exactly how much you require and for what purpose.

CAN I APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR A PROJECT THAT WILL LAST LONGER THAN ONE YEAR?

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants, Daiwa Foundation Awards and Daiwa Adrian Prizes should be used within one calendar year of being granted. However, the Foundation seeks to be flexible and respond positively to the changing circumstances of recipients.

WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

For Daiwa Foundation Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Awards, there are two application deadlines each year, 31 March (for a decision by 31 May) and 30 September (for a decision by 30 November). However, the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their applications as early as possible.

WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY APPLICATION?

Please see below

UK   applicants Japan   applicants
Daiwa   Foundation Small Grants Daiwa   Foundation Japan House in London Daiwa   Foundation Tokyo Office
Daiwa   Foundation Awards Daiwa   Foundation Japan House in London Daiwa   Foundation Japan House in London
Daiwa   Adrian Prizes Daiwa   Foundation Japan House in London Daiwa   Foundation Japan House in London

CAN I SEND MY APPLICATION BY EMAIL OR FAX?

UK-based applicants can apply using the online application facility. Applications to the Tokyo Office must be sent by post or delivered by hand.

DOES THE FOUNDATION ACKNOWLEDGE APPLICATIONS?

Only online applications are automatically acknowledged.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FOUNDATION RECEIVES MY APPLICATION?

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Awards

When your application is received, it is logged and an initial assessment made. If the Foundation requires additional information, you will be contacted. If the application is ineligible, you will be informed as quickly as possible. Eligible applications are then considered in more detail and final decisions are made by the Trustees in May and November. You will be informed of the Foundation’s decision by letter as soon as possible afterwards.

Daiwa Adrian Prizes

After the deadline has passed, the Foundation undertakes an initial assessment before passing a long-list of applications to The Royal Society. A panel of Fellows of The Royal Society undertake a detailed assessment and make recommendations to the Foundation. Formal approval is given by the Trustees.

WHEN MUST I SUBMIT A REPORT?

Recipients must submit their Report to the Foundation within two months after the project has been completed.

IF I RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE FOUNDATION, CAN I APPLY AGAIN FOR FURTHER FUNDING?

With Daiwa Foundation Small Grants, it is unlikely that the Foundation will fund the same individual or institution over two consecutive calendar years. With Daiwa Foundation Awards, it is unlikely that we will fund the same project twice. Priority is generally given to new applicants.

IF MY APPLICATION IS REJECTED CAN I FIND OUT WHY?

Unfortunately, the Foundation is unable to gives reasons for rejecting an application. The decision of the Trustees is final.