National Museum of Japanese History
FY 2019 Application Guidelines for Collaborative Research

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*All applications should be completed in Japanese.

1.Overview

The purpose of collaborative research hosted by the National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku), the National Institutes for the Humanities, the Inter-University Research Institute Corporation aims 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 of enhaning collaborative access an Inter-University Research Institute and contributing to research and education at universities and other institutions.

2.Categories of Collaborative Research

Applications for FY 2019 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 topics of Rekihaku.
Principal research can be in two categories 1) research challenges to pioneer advanced historical research through examination of resources and methodological considerations; 2) research into contemporary issues based on a broad overview of the history and culture of Japan. The first category is for topics geared towards innovation in historical research with emphasis on interdisciplinary and international perspectives. The second category is for leading topics in academia that are interdisciplinary and respond to social circumstances and demands. Increasing the sophistication and visibility of research achievements is particularly important in the case of principal research.
For FY 2019, Rekihaku has set the following two research areas for 2) research into contemporary issues based on a broad overview of the history and culture of Japan. Rekihaku is seeking applications on one topic for I and two topics for II.
Principal Research I: In recent years, with the phenomenon which could be described as a backlash to globalization, the framework of modern nation states is being questioned, and there is a growing need to re-examine the course of modern history. Accordingly, Rekihaku invites proposals for interdisciplinary and international research focusing on the formation and development of modern Japanese society. However, the research topic of “Reinterpreting the perception of Modern Japanese History Based on Knowledge and Education” (FY 2018 - 2020) has already been adopted, and started. Applications are being sought for a second topic.

Principal Research II: In order to overcome the crises facing the future of the human race and the environment, the workings of historical thought, which verifies the past and elicits the direction in which we should proceed, is becoming more and more important. We are seeking applications for research which is long-term and international, and applies varied academic methods to consider the activities in the various eras and regions of the Japanese archipelago, from the perspective of how humans have related to water, a lifeline which connects humans and the environment, in the creation of society and culture.

Principal Research I
Research Topic Interdisciplinary and international research on the formation and development of modern Japanese society
Research Period 3 years starting from FY 2019
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 after the end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) The DPI must be a faculty member of Rekihaku
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.)
No. of topics expected to be adopted 1
Principal Research II
Research Topic The History of Japanese Archipelago focusing on Water and Human Life
Research Period 3 years starting from FY 2019
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 after the end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) The DPI must be a faculty member of Rekihaku
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.)
No. of topics expected to be adopted 2

2) Fundamental Research 1 (Topics to be selected)

With the goal of developing new research foundations such as research perspectives and methods, this type 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 FY2016-2021.

Research Topic 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 2019
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 after end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) About 10 members, including researchers who are able to carry out research collaboratively and faculty members of Rekihaku
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.)
No. of topics expected to be adopted 4

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

This type of fundamental research is designed for research topics and research proposals focusing on Rekihaku’s collections. Please see the “Focal Museum Collections” table below for applicable materials.

Research Topic 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 Documents (reproduction) (Assoc. Prof. Ogura, History Division)
  2. ASAKAWA Noritaka collection of ceramics found in kiln sites of the Korean Peninsula (Assoc. Prof. Muraki, Archaeology Division)
  3. Collected records including the Tanakas’ and the Hirohashis’  (Assoc. Prof. Tanaka, History Division)
  4. Documents related to the Confucian scholar served for the Tokugawa Shogunate, SUGIHARA Heisuke (Assoc. Prof. Fukuoka, History Division)
  5. Documents related to early modern urban history such as Kyoto Machikata Documents (Naginatabokocho Documents) (Prof. Yokoyama, History Division)
Research Period 3 years starting from FY 2019
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 after the end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) The DPI must be a faculty member of Rekihaku.
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.)
No. of topics expected to be adopted 1

4) Fundamental Research 3 (Topics regarding Rekihaku Research Films)

This collaborative research is conducted with the aim of acquiring materials and utilizing films for research, using films acquired by Rekihaku for research into Japan’s history and culture, creating films on new topics, and more.

Research Topic Collaborative research conducted with the main purpose of using  films related to Japan’s history and culture for research
Research Period 3 years starting from FY 2019
Research Meetings 3 times per year at Rekihaku etc.
Principal Investigator (PI) The PI is responsible for preparing the research plan, organizing team meetings, producing one or more films during the three years, 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 after the end of the research period.
Deputy Principal Investigator (DPI) The DPI must be a faculty member of Rekihaku
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 4,000,000 yen per year (travel expenses,  film production expenses etc.)
No. of topics expected to be adopted 1

3.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.)

4.Application procedure

For collaborative research plans, FY2019 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.

[Collaborative Research Plan download ] (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.

5.Submission method of application documents

Please attach the electronic data of the application document (Collaborative Research Plan) to an email and send it to the mail address listed under [10. Contact & Inquiries]. (Please submit the document by email.)

6.Submission Deadline for Proposals

Must be received by Friday, August 31, 2018

7.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 interviews held by 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 (interviews held by the Collaborative Research Committee of the Executive Council). Following the deliberations by the Executive Council, the final 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.

8.Use of Facilities

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

9.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).
  • Regarding the Principal Research, we encourage the holding of research meetings in the final year through cooperation of the two branches (groups).
  • 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.

10.Contact & Inquiries

Collaborative Research Applications,
Research and Education Section,
Research Affairs Division, Administration Department,    
National Museum of Japanese History
National Institutes for the Humanities, Inter-University Research Institute Corporation

117 Jonai-cho, Sakura City, Chiba 285-8502, Japan
Phone: +81-43-486-6473
Fax: +81-43-486-6494
E-mail: kenkyo@ml.rekihaku.ac.jp