Collaborative Grants purpose

The Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies (FAJS) fosters innovative bilateral collaborations between Australia and Japan.   Our mission is to elevate the profile of Australia-Japan collaboration in science, technology and innovation and support the people who are transforming the bilateral relationship through these partnerships.  We do this by strengthening and transforming Australia-Japan research and scientific collaboration through academic, industry and government partnerships.  

 To achieve its objectives, the FAJS will use its funding and networks as catalysts to encourage national and sector-wide cooperation of the kind that calls forward serious, transformative responses from Japan.  We will support projects of a quality that is likely to attract interest and expanded financial support from the public and private sectors in Australia and Japan.   

Our current Grants Programme Guidelines are here /日本語版.

Projects should meet the following criteria:  

·       Proposals will include high quality research that is innovative and will contribute to a measurable progression of the Australia-Japan bilateral relationship.  

·       Projects must demonstrate effective collaboration between Australian and Japanese investigators, including through financial and other (e.g. value-in-kind) contributions.  

·       Projects should have existing, or well-developed plans for, collaboration between university and industry or government partners and should indicate what other sources of funding are being sought either during the proposed FAJS grant period or to extend the project beyond the original grant period.  

·       Projects will explain why FAJS funding is critical to the success of the project

·       Proposals will include plans for diversity of participation, including gender balance, and will demonstrate how they contribute to engagement with next-generation researchers and thought-leaders in the bilateral relationship.  

·      Effective outreach plans are an essential element of projects to maximise the potential to increase mutual understanding and goodwill between the two countries.  Projects will demonstrate plans to reach out to the public and/or decision-makers in ways that strengthen Australia’s influence and reputation in the bilateral relationship, that generate positive and effective media coverage & commentary on the Australia-Japan relationship, and that promotea contemporary and positive image of Australia capturing the breadth and sophistication of new industries and research capacities.  

Projects will demonstrate expected impact in policy, societal or business fields. 

Projects that do not have a research element but are predominantly about strengthening Australia-Japan connections in other ways are encouraged to consider the Australia-Japan Foundation grant program

Priority Areas

The Foundation is open to considering proposals in a wide range of fields that meet the criteria outlined above.  In the first year of the program the Foundation will be particularly interested in projects in the following broad areas that bring together both countries’ stated priorities in science, technology, innovation and health and capture research complementarities, namely:

Materials and energy technologies and systems           

-       examples could include alternative energy sources and systems; combustion technologies; advances in energy carrier systems; developments of biomimetic, structural and other new materials;  new developments in mining and resources; novel remote or geophysical sensor technology.

Computing, digital and AI applications and developments 

-    examples could include big data use and application; cybersecurity developments and systems; new transport systems such as autonomous vehicle development and testing; sensor data processing.

Food, marine and agriculture science and technologies

-       examples could include ocean resource technologies; applications of technology from other fields to agriculture such as remote sensing vegetation analysis; new strains of crops; disease and pest management;

Medical science and technology 

-       examples could include Infectious diseases prevention and control; regenerative medicine; development and improvement of medical devices; translational and clinical applications of research and early science technologies.  

Social and physical infrastructure 

-       examples could include business innovations; changes in business operations resulting from technology (including AI, IoT, etc); innovation management; social entrepreneurship; social, education, health or transport change and change management; impact of AI and other technology on society and labour force; physical infrastructure maintenance, management and renovations.

The Foundation is willing to consider proposals in other areas that meet the general criteria outlined in the mission statement and the Foundation will view favourably proposals where the research problem addressed has arisen from an industry-identified practical problem or has been jointly developed by a university and industry team. 


To be eligible to apply, the applicant must be applying on behalf of one of the following entity types:  

o   an Australian or Japanese company or research institution

o   an Australian or Japanese registered charity, not-for-profit organisation or educational institution

o   an Australian or Japanese government entity

and be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.