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 December 2023 for consideration in March 2024.
This is also the deadline for our annual Butterfield Awards in Medicine and Health.

The next deadline for applications to our Japan office is 28th February 2024 for consideration in April 2024.


  • 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 in February 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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