National Museum of Japanese History
Joint Research for Collaborative Accessibility
FY 2018 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 for Proposals

Joint research for collaborative accessibility involves the use of collections, equipment, and facilities of the National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku) that is conducted by an external principal investigator together with a faculty member of Rekihaku. We welcome applications from young researchers, including graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

2. Categories of Collaborative Research

Joint Research for Collaborative Accessibility is separated into the following two. Please specify your preferred category at the time of application.

1) Collections-based: investigation and research on collections owned by Rekihaku using a non-destructive methods (visual examination, documentation, photography).

2) Analytical equipment and facilities-based: investigation and research using analytical equipment and analytical facilities of Rekihaku

3. Focal collections, and equipment and facilities

1) Collections-based: Search the National Museum of Japanese History Collection Database and enter the name of the material(s).

2) Analytical equipment and facilities-based: Select and enter the equipment and/or facilities from the following link.

4. Duration of Research

Research begins in or after April 2018, and should be completed within the same fiscal year. The maximum period is 12 months.

5. Eligibility

The principal investigator must be one of the following:

  • A researcher belonging to a research institution in Japan or overseas (full-time or part-time, including postdoctoral researchers.)
  • A student enrolled in a doctoral program
  • A full-time employee engaged in local government research activities and duties
  • A person whose research capabilities and experience are equivalent to those listed above
For those applying for the analytical equipment and facilities-based, it is preferable to have some background knowledge in the area, such as completion of undergraduate level chemistry–related courses.

6. Research Team Organization

The research team comprises the principal investigator and the Rekihaku faculty member in charge of the collections, equipment, and facilities to be used.

7. Research Activities and Achievement Reports

The principal investigator will hold meetings and discussions with the Rekihaku faculty member and conduct research in accordance with the aims of 1) or 2). The principal investigator is required to submit a research achievement report by the end of the applicable fiscal year and make a research presentation. After the completion of the research, the research achievements can be published in the Bulletin of the National Museum of Japanese History (regular volume).

8. Research Budget 

As a rule, the following items of expenditure will be covered within the budget of 300,000 yen.

1) Collections-based: Travel expenses for investigation of material(s) at Rekihaku and other related materials (costs for transportation, accommodation, and storage media such as memory sticks)

2) Analytical equipment and facilities-based: Travel expenses, expendable supplies used for analysis, expenses for outsourced analysis, and others

9. Number of Applications Accepted

Approximately 7. Applications are limited to 1 for each faculty member.

10. How to Apply

For collaborative research plans, the FY 2018 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 (WordPDF )]

When applying, it is important that the candidate contact the Rekihaku faculty member in charge of the collections, equipment, and facilities to make arrangements for their use, and to share understanding of the research proposal.

  • In the event that the principal investigator belongs to a research institution or local government body, prior permission should be obtained from the head of institution (or department). If necessary, please attach a letter of consent (free format).
  • In the event that the principal investigator is a graduate student, please attach a letter of recommendation (appended form (WordPDF )) from the supervising faculty member.
  • Complete the application details on the FY 2018 Joint Research for Collaborative Accessibility Proposal template (new) and write “Collaborative Research Application Documents” in red on the envelope. Mail to the address given below. Candidates who reside outside Japan can send the application form via e-mail to <kenkyo@ml.rekihaku.ac.jp>.

11. Points to Note

  • In the event that the principal investigator is a graduate student, the candidate must enroll in Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research or equivalent accident insurance. Candidates who do not belong to any research organization must also enroll in equivalent accident insurance.
  • Items concerning the handling of intellectual property in collaborative research are provided in the National Institutes for the Humanities Intellectual Property Regulations.

12. Submission Deadline for Proposals

Must be received by Friday, February 23, 2018

13. 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