Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life Teenage History Club participating in a Jomon pottery workshop in Nagano Prefecture. Supported by a Daiwa Foundation Award, March 2015. © Liz Murray

Daiwa Foundation Awards

Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together  in the context of an institutional relationship.

In order to fund as many applications as we possibly can, given our limited budget, we typically award an average of £7,000 to successful Award applications. Our funding rarely covers an application’s budget in full, but is meant to be a “contribution” to the proposed project.

What kind of project is eligible?

Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in academic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields. Awards seek to encourage the development and sustainability of UK-Japan partnerships between such organisations as museums and art galleries, theatres and performing arts groups, schools and universities, and grassroots and professional bodies. Any project which involves a significant level of collaboration between British and Japanese partners can be considered.

Support for scientific collaborations was separately provided through The Royal Society-Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation International Exchanges Scheme. This scheme was discontinued in December 2014. Daiwa Foundation Award applications in the field of science will now be considered from the March 2015 funding round onwards.

What kind of project is not eligible?

Daiwa Foundation Awards cannot be used for:

  • any project that does not involve both a British and a Japanese partner
  • general appeals
  • capital expenditure (eg, building refurbishment, equipment acquisition, etc)
  • school, college or university fees
  • research or study by an individual school/college/university student
  • salary costs or professional fees
  • commissions for works of art
  • retrospective grants
  • replacement of statutory funding
  • commercial activities

How to apply

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 application as early as possible. The Foundation is also happy to provide advice about possible applications – please contact

Applicants are invited to apply using our online application form.

Please read the online application notes:

Online application notes

before beginning the application form:

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Award application


The application form cannot handle special characters/symbols. If you are having problems with the application, it may be due to extraneous symbols. Sometimes characters can be hidden (when copying and pasting into the application form). In this case, please copy the text into “notepad”, clean any strange encoding and copy back from notepad into the application text box.

Please click here to see what questions will be asked on the form – this PDF is for reference only

Please click here to see what questions will be asked on the form – this PDF is for reference only


All applicants are notified by letter from the Foundation. The decision of the Trustees is final and the Foundation is unable to discuss unsuccessful applications.


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