Our Aim

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the UK and Japan through financial support for activities in a number of fields, from Arts and Culture to Humanities and Social Issues, from Japanese Language and Sport and Education, from Science and Technology to Medicine and Health.

The Foundation’s Head Office is in London and there is a Liaison Office in Tokyo.

The London office has three annual deadlines for their awards, and the Tokyo office has two annual deadlines. For further details on our grants, please click here.

The next deadline for applications to our UK office is 15th September 2024 for consideration in November 2024.

The next deadline for applications to our Japan office is 30th September 2024 for consideration in November 2024.


  • Supporting Global Efforts in Antimicrobial Research (AMR)

The escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), where common infections may soon become untreatable, has underscored the necessity for a global response. The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation are supporting a new partnership between UK and Japanese researchers at The Sir Howard Dalton Centre at the University of Warwick, the Institute of Development Studies affiliated with the University of Sussex and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) in Tokyo, with the aim of accelerating the discovery of new antibiotics and preparing for future pandemics through international cooperation and policy development.

‘Japan and UK both have extensive capabilities in antibiotic discovery, drawing on complementary research strengths across academia, industry, and national infrastructure.  Given the acknowledged shortcomings of the existing economic model in incentivising antibiotic discovery and development, there is an urgent need for new international collaborations that will endure over the long term.  We look forward to a productive partnership’.  – Joanna Pitman, Vice Chair, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Read more here: University of Warwick Press Release.

  • Special Fund for Disaster Preparedness

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation is incredibly saddened to hear about the recent earthquake in the Noto Peninsula. Our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those affected by the earthquake. For anyone who may wish to make a donation to support the 2024 Noto Peninsula Earthquake, The Nippon Foundation has set up this fund, Special Fund for Disaster Preparedness.

  • Annual Report & Accounts 2022

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation’s Annual Report & Accounts for 2022 is now available to be viewed online. The Report includes a list of all grants awarded in 2022, highlights from recently funded projects, and accounts for the year. The 2022 Annual Report, as well as those from previous years, can be found on the Annual Reports page of the website.

  • The Butterfield Awards and NIHR

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation is now registered as a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Non-commercial Partner organisation for the Butterfield Awards, with projects in receipt of a Butterfield Award therefore eligible for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.

  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Translation Prize

We are excited to announce a partnership with the Society of Authors for a new prize for translations into English of Japanese-language literature. Winners of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Translation Prize will receive £3,000, with the first prize to be announced on 7th February 2024. The next deadline for submissions will be 31st March 2024. More information here.

  • GBSF and SDGs

Our application forms have now been updated to request all applicants identify which of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, their project supports. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Recently Funded

More information on projects funded by the Foundation can be found in our Annual Reports.

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