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CGP Grant Program Intellectual Exchange


Proposal deadlineClosed.
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S. organizations with 501(c)(3) status. 
BenefitsUp to $50,000 for up to 2 years

This program supports US-Japan collaborative projects that explore current, policy-relevant issues of mutual concern to the US and Japan. Projects with tangible outcomes, and effective dissemination plans with broad policy impact are emphasized.

This program was conducted from 2010 to 2020.

Target Areas

CGP supports projects that develop policy solutions through a collaborative U.S.-Japan partnership to current global issues in social science fields.

  • Personal, Societal, and International Security: Issues include climate change; disaster preparedness, mitigation, and recovery; pandemics; non-proliferation; terrorism; cyber security; food, water, and energy security; environmental challenges
  • Global and Regional Economic Issues: Issues include trade agreements; financial stability; sustainable development; poverty and inequality
  • Societal Trends and Concerns: Issues include aging and other demographic change; migration; social disparities; sustainable urbanization; community resilience; robotics/automation; artificial intelligence (AI)

We are open to topics outside of these in the “Current Issues of Interest” provided they meet the goals of this grant program.


Projects are required to have the following elements:

  • Japan-based collaborative partners involved throughout the entirety of the project, from the planning stage to dissemination;
  • A strong U.S.-Japan collaborative partnership as a core of the project;
  • Contemporary policy-oriented topics relevant to both the United States and Japan;
  • Ideas and/or participants that include a broad range of viewpoints;
  • Clear and concrete articulation of project design including methodology, participants, events, goals of the project, and outcomes;
  • At least 1 event each year such as a symposium, conference, or workshop to support dialogue and networking as well as dissemination of outcomes;
  • Tangible project outputs such as a publication, academic paper, etc.;
  • Effective dissemination plan for outcomes including the method of dissemination and intended audience;
  • A minimum of 20% of the total project budget each year must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution, the collaborating institution, and/or other sources;
  • Projects must begin between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021


  • Participation from countries other than the U.S. and Japan relevant to the issue, especially Asian countries;
  • Inclusion of a broad spectrum of participants, including ethnicity, gender, geography, and fields of expertise relevant to the project;
  • Long-term commitment to the issues;
  • Innovative concepts or approaches to project topic;
  • Cost-effective budget plan which includes cost-sharing from collaborating institution;
  • Results that contribute effectively to the existing body of knowledge and/or shape policy and are widely shared and disseminated.

Screening Criteria

  • Competence and ability of project leaders and their institutions to execute proposals;
  • Rationale for U.S.-Japan collaborative partnership;
  • Ability of methodology/strategy of project to meet stated objectives of proposal;
  • Potential for long-lasting impact and sustainability;
  • Strength of dissemination plan to effectively reach broader audience;
  • Cost-efficiency of budget

Application Process

Please download and read the full guidelines prior to starting the application process.

For the proposals, one (1) original copy of the signed proposal and four (4) copies must be received by the CGP New York Office by December 2, 2019 6:00PM (EST). Applicants are not required to submit concept papers. Each copy of the proposal must include the following components (please see full guidelines for details):

  1. CGP Application Checklist
  2. CGP Grant Application Cover Sheet – with original signatures
  3. Narrative description of the project
  4. Letters from all key collaborating or participating organizations/individuals
  5. Detailed project budget using the CGP Budget Template
  6. Detailed project timetable – includes types of event(s) and date(s)
  7. Curricula vitae for all collaborators and key participants
  8. Institutional information
  9. Proof of 501(c)(3) status

We kindly request that you do not bind proposals, use notebooks, or plastic packaging. Double-sided copies would be appreciated.

List of Past Awardees