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Letters of Inquiry for the Foundation's Spring 2014 funding cycle are due December 15, 2013. Invited full proposals are due January 31, 2014.

Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award Applications are due February 1, 2014.

The Foundation announces grants awarded during its October 2013 funding cycle.

Communication and Public Opinion

Since 1980, the Foundation has supported a variety of projects that seek to enhance communication and mutual understanding between the American and Japanese people. Technology has evolved, and the institutions and topics of conversation keep changing, but the high value of greater awareness and communication among average citizens, as well as leaders in a variety of fields from our two countries is a constant.

The Foundation will consider communication / public opinion projects that not only raise awareness about Japan in the US and/or US in Japan, but also deal with concrete issues that affect the bilateral relationship (or are faced by the two nations). As foreign policy increasingly is subject to public opinion (and is often influenced by non-governmental actors), there is a need in both countries for increased and more diversified coverage of international news and current events, as well as strong links between certain non-government organizations (NGOs) to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

A look at our recent grant activity (link here) will help potential applicants understand the diversity of projects supported under this program. The Foundation is constantly reviewing the relevance and effectiveness of our programs. As with all other Foundation Programs, priority is given to projects that can demonstrate originality, broad appeal, enduring impact, excellent management and a well constructed plan for execution and success.

Print Media - Exchange programs, Fellowships, Research, Symposia, etc. involving journalists, editors, or other print media professionals leading to professional development and/or an article series or publication.

Broadcast Media - Exchange programs, Fellowships, Research, Symposiums, etc. involving broadcast journalists, editors, or other broadcast media professionals (radio or TV) resulting in professional development and/or a story series or other special coverage.

Internet - Communication platforms, moderated discussion groups, links between non-profit organizations (NPOs) or other projects that take advantage of new Internet technologies to enhance communication in support of the Foundation's mission.

NGO / NPO Links - Projects of cooperation, communication, education and/or collaboration between US and Japanese Civil Society organizations (in support of the Foundation's mission).

Documentary Film / Video (and other multi-media) - The Foundation supports documentary films about Japan and the US-Japan relationship.

Opinion Polling / Public Opinion Research - Occasionally the Foundation will support such a project if there is demonstrated need and lack of other support from more traditional sources.

Other - The categories listed above are not intended to be exhaustive. The Foundation is always looking for unique approaches to strengthening the US-Japan relationship.

For a description of the application process, please click here.

Comments and questions regarding the guidelines are encouraged.

For more information regarding the Communication and Public Opinion Programs at the United States-Japan Foundation, please contact David Janes, Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President, at

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