Comprehensive Research on the Slavic Eurasian Region

Call for Proposals for Comprehensive Research on the Slavic Eurasian Region (former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe) in Fiscal Year 2024 (May 2024 to March 2025)



The Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, formerly designated by the Japanese government as a “Nationwide Joint-Use Facility,” has been upgraded in status to a “Joint Usage/Research Center” for fiscal years 2022–2027. In connection with our upgraded status, we are conducting an open call for research proposals. We invite participation by a wide range of researchers affiliated with public and private universities and other institutions. The goal of this initiative is to promote cooperation between researchers inside and outside the Center to foster the development of collaborative research on the Slavic Eurasian region and joint use of the research materials maintained at the Center.

Project-Based Collaborative Research

Eligible research:

All research falling within the framework of Slavic Eurasian Studies is eligible. We are particularly interested in pioneering research projects that demonstrate strong future potential and that are not adequately covered by conventional research approaches. Topics related to the humanities and social sciences are the main focus, but we also encourage applications by researchers who are able to integrate the natural sciences with the humanities and social sciences.

Eligible applicants:

Each application shall be submitted by a group of multiple researchers, led by a Principal Investigator, who shall be a university-affiliated faculty member or researcher, or a researcher of equivalent stature who is not affiliated with a university. Groups that include people from different research institutions are preferred. Doctoral graduate students may participate as members of the research program, but not as applicants. Groups shall include advisers selected from the faculty of the Center (professors, associate professors, or assistant professors, excluding faculty in the Information Division). Advisers may be nominated at the time of application or decided in consultation with the Center after the application is selected.

Number of projects:

We plan to support about 3 to 4 projects.

Research period:

From May 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025.

Use and payment of research funds:

Up to 1 million yen per research theme (may be reduced upon review). Research funds are intended mainly for travel and conference expenses inside and outside Japan.

Application submission and closing date:

The Application Form (Project) (Word format) is available on the Center’s website: Note: Please refer to our example of an expense request sheet (PDF format)
Send applications to the following email address:
Applications must be received no later than 8:00 a.m., JST on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
For questions, please contact us at the above email address.

Selection criteria:

  • Suitability of the theme and research program
  • Potential to achieve the desired research results within the given period
  • Originality and pioneering spirit of research
  • Interdisciplinary nature of the research and international nature of the research program

Notification of selection results:

Scheduled for the end of February 2024.

Deliverables and other obligations:

Within the research period, a seminar, workshop, or similar event shall be organized and held at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (the budget for this must be included in the application). On other occasions, the Center may request a report on the research results. Within one month after the end of the research period, a report on the research results (no less than 1000 words in length) shall be submitted (the report will be published on the Center’s website). If the results of the research are published as an academic paper, the paper shall clearly state that it is the product of research activities at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, and a reprint or copy shall be sent to the Center. The Principal Investigator of the selected research group shall be a joint researcher of the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center for a period of one year.

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