National Museum of Japanese History
FY 2022 Call for JHK Promoted Research Application Guidelines

Download the proposal form template (word)
*All applications should be completed in Japanese.

1. Outline of FY 2022 Call

The National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku) currently conducts a project called “Construction of Japanese Historical Knowledge (JHK)* and Open Science Research.” This project aims at promoting research based on Digital Humanities (DH) and collaborative research on regional history beyond conventional frameworks. This call invites proposals for the following categories of JHK promoted research.

*"Japanese Historical Knowledge (JHK)" refers to the totality of research processes and results based on the mutual collaboration of "Research based on Digital Humanities (DH)" and "Collaborative Research on Regional History.” In the "Research based on DH,” we construct a variety of data on various historical materials, including local historical materials, and conduct research on advanced data in line with the analysis of historical materials. The "Collaborative Research on Regional History" promotes discussion on inheritance of materials and research on local historical materials in cooperation with local people, using the data obtained from the research based on DH. See the attached master plan for further details.

2. Categories of JHK Promoted Research

Applications for FY 2022 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, TEI, and RDM that link data of research resources, research results, information on where the resources are located. They can either be on techniques and methods(information technology-based)or on practical data development (humanities-based) in which actual materials are used in research contexts. Please note that they are both under the condition that they provide data to be publicized in Rekihaku’s information infrastructure, khirin.

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

Today, in universities, municipalities, and museums across regions, there is a need for a new framework to conduct research on local historical and cultural materials in cooperation with local communities and to discuss it in society as a whole, while conserving and passing down these materials through generations. To achieve this objective, the research projects in this category are designed to promote research on conservation and inheritance of historical and cultural materials of local community and to elucidate states of regional history and culture in cooperation with various stakeholders. In particular, those that develop data of the examined resources and related information towards advanced sharing are prioritized.

C. 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 2023

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 2022 through presentation at research meetings organized at Rekihaku, as well as during FY 2023 through research papers and other forms (achievement reports at academic conferences, “Bulletin of the National Museum of Japanese History,” achievement books, new research data etc.), clearly stating that they are achievements of the project for “Construction of Japanese Historical Knowledge and Open Science Research.”

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 2022 JHK 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 5 pm (JST), Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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 September 2022, and its results will be notified to candidates within the same month.

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 3 or 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 500,000 yen per year for each research project.

Research budget will be managed by Rekihaku.

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 2022 JHK promoted research, please contact  Research Affairs Division (