National Museum of Japanese History
FY 2018 Call for Promoted Research in
Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources*
Application Guidelines

Download the Application Guidelines (PDF)

Download the proposal form template (word)

*All applications should be completed in Japanese.

1. Outline of FY 2018 Call

The National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku) conducts a wide range of research activities with researchers in various fields within the framework of its current project “Constructing Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources*” (ISCRR). This call invites proposals for the following categories of ISCRR promoted research.

*ISCRR is a field of study that analyzes and examines resources mainly in the collection of universities and history museums in various ways. Classifying a variety of objects according to time period, region, and area of study, and analyzing them with an interdisciplinary scope can lead to advanced collaborative accessibility and collaborative research. Through the use of historical resources in Japan, ISCRR aims to contribute to create a new conception of Japanese history beyond the fields of the humanities, natural science, and information science. For further details, please check the website of the “Constructing Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources” project: http://www.metaresource.jp

2. Categories of ISCRR Promoted Research

Applications for FY 2018 can be made under the following categories.

A.Promoted research towards development of new data in operationalizing digital humanities

The research projects in this category address data development methods such as Linked Data, IIIF, and TEI that link data of research resources, research results, information on where to locate the sources. They can either be on techniques and methods(information technology-based)or on practical data development (humanities-based) in which resources are used in research contexts. Please note that they are both under the condition to be publicized as part of Rekihaku’s ISCRR information infrastructure.

B.Promoted research towards new perspectives on historical resources based on multidisciplinary model

This category invites research projects that analyze historical resources using methods of natural science and engineering and interpret them in innovative ways.
In principle, historical resources and related information that are the focus of analysis should be those held by Rekihaku or those provided by the faculty members of Rekihaku. 

C.Promoted research towards development and application of historical data for contributing to shedding light on community history and culture

Today, there is a great need for universities across regions to promote research on their community history and culture and to contribute to communities. The research projects in this category are designed to shed light on community history and culture. In particular, those that develop data of the examined resources and related information towards advanced sharing are prioritized.

D.Promoted research towards data development and use of Japan-related historical resources held overseas

There are many invaluable resources related to Japanese history and culture remaining overseas. The research projects in this category aim to build up the data of such resources and related information that would make their advanced sharing possible. To be more specific, this category calls for research projects that would contribute towards deeper understanding and sophistication of historical research based on comparative analysis of resources in Japan and Japanese resources overseas, as well as international perspective on historical analysis of resources.

3. Duration of Research

From the time of acceptance to March 2019

4. Submission of Promoted Research Report

The principle investigator should submit the promoted research report using its relevant template within 30 days after the completion of research.

5. Dissemination of Research Achievements

Research achievements of promoted research should be made available during FY 2019 through presentation at research meetings organized at Rekihaku, as well as through research papers and other forms, clearly stating that they are achievements of ISCRR (achievement reports at academic conferences, “Bulletin of the National Museum of Japanese History,” achievement books, new research data etc.)

6. Research Team Organization

The research team comprises around 5 members including more than 1 Rekihaku faculty member. The Rekihaku faculty member will be the co-principal investigator.

7. Eligibility

The candidate should be a researcher who belongs to a university or other research institutes. Please make sure you discuss well with the Rekihaku faculty member as the co-principal investigator.

8. How to Apply

For research proposals, the FY 2018 ISCRR Promoted Research Proposal template is provided. Please follow the link below to download the form. Proposals should be completed and submitted with the approval of the candidate’s immediate superior.
[Download the proposal form template]

When applying, it is important that the candidate contact the Rekihaku faculty member as the co-principal investigator.

9. Submission Deadline for Proposals

Must be received by Friday, April 27, 2018

10. Mailing Address for Proposals

ISCRR Promoted Research Applications
Coordination and Liaison Section 
Research Affairs Division, Administration Department
National Museum of Japanese History
117 Jonai-cho, Sakura City,
Chiba 285-8502, Japan

11. Selection Process and Notification of Results

(1)Applications will be reviewed based on Research Proposal (review of documents at Rekihaku). If necessary, the secondary review will be held (an interview at Rekihaku etc.) and following deliberations, the decision will be made by the Director-General. The selection process will take place during May 2018 and its results will be notified to candidates at the beginning of June.
Research proposals and other submissions by candidates not accepted as a result of the selection process will not be returned.

(2)Applications will be reviewed based on the following five-level rating scale. 
【Evaluation Criteria】

  1. research purpose: whether it is relevant to the objectives of the Constructing ISCRR project and categories A to D
  2. research proposal: whether it is carefully planned and attainable within the timeframe
  3. research team organization: whether it is balanced out across and between disciplines

【Evaluation Scale】
5: Excellent   4: Very Good   3: Good   2: Poor   1: Unacceptable

(3)As for the accepted research proposals, their research title, outline, research team organization will be announced on the website of Rekihaku and the Constructing ISCRR project.

12. Number of Applications Accepted

Approximately 4.

13. Research Budget

Expenses necessary for the principal investigator and the collaborator (external member) of the research team to attend research meetings, costs related to the development of data, expendable supplies, and other expenses will be covered. Research budget will be up to approximately 700,000 yen per year for each research project.

Research budget will be managed either by Rekihaku or by the Institution where the principal investigator belongs. If you wish to have the budget to be awarded to the principal investigator, please make sure you discuss with the personnel in charge of financial administration at your institution.

14. Use of Facilities etc.

The principal investigator and the collaborator of the project have access to facilities of Rekihaku including the library resources, the museum collections, computers, and various research instruments.

15. Contact & Inquiries

For any inquiries regarding this FY 2018 ISCRR promoted research, please contact Coordination and Liaison Section, Research Affairs Division
(Phone: +81-43-486-4206; E-Mail: kikaku@ml.rekihaku.ac.jp)