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 London deadline for applications is 15th December 2020 for consideration in March 2021.
This is also the deadline for our annual Butterfield Awards in Medicine and Health.

The next Tokyo deadline for applications is 30th September 2020 for consideration in October 2020.


Recently Funded

  • Japan: Courts and Culture for the first time brings together highlights from the Royal Collection of the exchanges between British and Japanese royal and imperial families in a forthcoming exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
  • E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas is the first major retrospective of Hornel’s art for over 35 years, featuring work inspired by Japan, Edinburgh City Art Centre, 7th November 2020 – 14th March 2021.
  • Japanese video artist Meiro Koizumi is shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 9 Prize, with his work to be exhibited as part of the Artes Mundi 9 exhibition in Cardiff, along with five other international artists, 13th February – 6th June 2021.

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

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation is not responsible for the content of external websites.

The Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20 is a series of wide-ranging activities to celebrate and encourage relations between the two countries.
Please click the logo below to find out more.