National Museum of Japanese History
FY 2018 Application Guidelines for Collaborative Research

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*All applications should be completed in Japanese.

1.Outline of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Call

Collaborative research hosted by the National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku), the National Institutes for the Humanities, the Inter-University Research Institute Corporation is aimed for interdisciplinary collaboration of history, archaeology, and the study of folklore and folklife as well as related fields including analytical science. Applications from both within and outside the Museum are invited through this open call, with the aim to enhance collaborative accessibility as an Inter-University Research Institute and contribute to research and education at universities and other institutions.

2.Categories of Collaborative Research

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

1) Principal Research

Principal research refers to collaborative research that aims for interdisciplinary collaboration based on the core research themes of Rekihaku.

Principal research can be in two forms: 1) research challenges to pioneer advanced historical research through examination of resources and methodological considerations; 2) contemporary approaches to research addressing the overview of the history and culture of Japan. The first form is for themes geared towards innovation in historical research with emphasis on interdisciplinary and international perspectives. The second form is for leading themes in academia that are interdisciplinary and respond to social circumstances and demands. Increased sophistication of research and visibility of research achievements are particularly expected for this principal research.

For FY 2018, Rekihaku is seeking applications for 2) contemporary approaches to research addressing the overview of the history and culture of Japan. In recent years, with the phenomenon which could be described as rebounding from globalization, the frame of modern nation states is being questioned, and there is a growing need to re-examine the course of modern history. In light of such situation, Rekihaku invites proposals for interdisciplinary and international research focusing on the formation and development of modern Japanese society.

2) Fundamental Research 1 (Topics to be selected)

With the goal of developing new research foundations such as research perspectives and methods, this category of fundamental research is designed to make archaeological, historical, and folk resources accessible for research purposes through advanced information infrastructure. The principal investigator (PI) is free to select a research topic under the following condition.

Topics should be related to “Museum-based Research Integration” in which Rekihaku takes the initiative or “Constructing Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources” (http://www.metaresource.jp/) which is at the core of Rekihaku’s third medium-term plan for FY 2016-2021.

3) Fundamental Research 2 (Pre-selected topics of Rekihaku’s collections)

This category of fundamental research is designed for research topics and research proposals focusing on Rekihaku’s collections. Table 3) below provides the list of the focal collections.

3.Basic Framework of Collaborative Research

1) Principal Research

Research Theme Interdisciplinary and international research on the formation and development of modern Japanese society
Research Period 3 years starting from FY 2018
Research Meetings 3 to 4 times per year at Rekihaku etc.
Principal Investigator (PI) The PI is responsible for preparing the research plan, organizing team meetings, and synthesizing research achievements. In addition, the PI is required to submit a report for each FY and, as a rule, present a report at the outcome report meeting at the end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) A faculty member of Rekihaku is to be appointed.
Research Organization About 15 members, including researchers who are able to carry out research collaboratively and faculty members of Rekihaku
Research Budget Maximum of approximately 2,700,000 yen per year (travel expenses, expendable supplies etc.)

2) Fundamental Research 1 (Topics to be selected)

Research Theme Interdisciplinary research whose major goal is to make archaeological, historical, and folk resources accessible for research purposes through advanced information infrastructure
Research Period 3 years starting from FY 2018
Research Meetings 3 to 4 times per year at Rekihaku etc.
Principal Investigator (PI) The PI is responsible for preparing the research plan, organizing team meetings, and synthesizing research achievements. In addition, the PI is required to submit a report for each FY and, as a rule, present a report at the outcome report meeting at the end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) A faculty member of Rekihaku is to be appointed.
Research Organization About 10 members, including researchers who are able to carry out research collaboratively and faculty members of Rekihaku
Research Budget Maximum of approximately 2,250,000 yen per year (travel expenses, expendable supplies etc.)

3) Fundamental Research 2 (Pre-selected topics of Rekihaku’s collections)

Research Theme Collaborative research on resources held and designated by Rekihaku (To be selected from below)
Focal Museum Collections
  1. Research on utilization of the Shoso-in Monjo (reproduction) (Prof. Nito, History Division)
  2. ASAKAWA Noritaka collection of ceramics found in kiln sites of the Korean Peninsula (Assoc. Prof. Muraki, Archaeology Division)
  3. Documents related to early modern urban history such as Kyoto Machikata Monjo (Naginatabokocho Monjo) (Prof. Yokoyama, History Division)
  4. Documents related to the Confucian scholar of the late Edo period, SUGIHARA Heisuke (Assoc. Prof. Fukuoka, History Division)
  5. Nara Koyomishi Yoshikawa-ke Monjo (Prof. Koike, Folklore and Folklife Division)
Research Period 3 years starting from FY 2018
Research Meetings 3 to 4 times per year at Rekihaku etc.
Principal Investigator (PI) The PI is responsible for preparing the research plan, organizing team meetings, and synthesizing research achievements. In addition, the PI is required to submit a report for each FY and, as a rule, present a report at the outcome report meeting at the end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) A faculty member of Rekihaku is to be appointed.
Research Organization About 10 members, including researchers who are able to carry out research collaboratively and faculty members of Rekihaku
Research Budget Maximum of approximately 2,250,000 yen per year (travel expenses, expendable supplies etc.)

4.Eligibility

1) Researchers employed by universities or other research institutions in Japan or overseas (full-time or part-time)

2) Researchers who have research capabilities equivalent to criteria (1) above (This does not include graduate students.)

5.How to Apply

For collaborative research plans, FY2018 Collaborative 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 ] (Word)

Before making a formal application and preparing the research proposal, the candidate should contact a faculty member of Rekihaku as potential Deputy Principal Investigator and adequately discuss the research plan and research methods. Contact information for the faculty members is available upon request at the Research and Education Section of the Research Affairs Division.

6.Submission Deadline for Proposals

Must be received by Thursday, August 31, 2017

7.Mailing Address for Proposals

Collaborative Research Applications
Research and Education Section,
Research Affairs Division, Administration Department,
National Museum of Japanese History
117 Jonai-cho, Sakura City,
Chiba 285-8502, Japan
Phone: +81-43-486-6473

8.Selection Process and Notification of the Results

On the basis of the collaborative research proposals, applications will be evaluated in the primary review in September (review of the documents and hearing held by Rekihaku including the faculty members of Rekihaku and the external members of the Collaborative Research Committee of the Executive Council) as well as in the secondary review in December (hearing held by the Collaborative Research Committee of the Executive Council). Following the deliberations by the Executive Council, the decision will be made by the Director-General. The results of the selection process will be notified to candidates promptly after the decision is made.

Research proposals and other submissions by candidates not accepted as a result of the selection process will not be returned.

9.Expected Number of Accepted Proposals

1) Principal Research: 1 project
2) Fundamental Research 1 (Topics to be selected): 1 or 2 projects
3) Fundamental Research 2 (Pre-selected topics of Rekihaku’s collections): 1 project

10.Research Budget

Expenses necessary for collaborative researchers to attend research meetings and so forth (travel expenses), expendable supplies, and other expenses will be covered.

11.Use of Facilities

Collaborative researchers have access to facilities of Rekihaku including the library resources, the museum collections, computers, and various research instruments.

12.Report of Research Achievements

An annual report is to be submitted each year. Notably, a mid-term review by Rekihaku’s External Evaluation Committee will be conducted in the second year (in June).

In addition, publication of the research achievements in Rekihaku’s research report (“Bulletin of the National Museum of Japanese History”) is required within 3 years from the completion of the research.

13.Contact & Inquiries

For any inquiries regarding the application procedures of collaborative research, please contact the Research and Education Section, Research Affairs Division (Phone: +81-43-486-6473; E-mail:kenkyo@ml.rekihaku.ac.jp).