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TOMODACHI Initiative Request for Grant Proposals STEM Educational Exchange Program

TOMODACHI Initiative Request for Grant Proposals

STEM Educational Exchange Program

The TOMODACHI Intiative announces an open competition for grant proposals for a 2-3 week educational exchange program for Japanese undergraduate students in STEM fields. The program will take 10-15 Japanese participants to a U.S. university campus for a STEM experience, at a cost of no more than a total of $75,000.  Local and international non-governmental organizations and educational institutions may submit proposals to design, implement, and administer the program. The deadline for proposals is November 5, 2014.

Program Objectives 

  • Creating a professional network among rising STEM leaders in Japan and the United States
  • Motivating young American and Japanese leaders engaged in STEM to contribute to furthering U.S.-Japan relations
  • Raising awareness of important STEM policies and issues relevant to the United States and Japan among next generation leaders in both countries
  • Fostering increased interest/participation of Japanese women in STEM fields

Program Structure

  • U.S. educational exchange for Japanese undergraduate students
  • Program length: 2-3 weeks
  • Program timeframe: Must take place during Japanese university holiday: late February-March 30 or late July-late August
  • Program size: 10-15 students (priority given to female students)
  • Program content should include the following:
    • Classroom sessions
    • Hands-on science activities
    • A focus on using science in communities (possibly via service/civic component)
    • Engagement with American students
    • Cultural activities

Proposal Assessment Criteria

  • Alignment with TOMODACHI mission & vision
  • Connect the United States & Japan
  • Offer life-transforming opportunities
  • Invest in the TOMODACHI Generation of young American and Japanese leaders
  • Address a need or tackle a challenge in an underserved area (geographic, demographic, social, sector, etc.)

TOMODACHI Mission & Vision

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. We seek to foster a “TOMODACHI generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.

Proposal Requirements

Grant Proposal Deadline

Please submit grant proposals by November 5, 2014 to

Proposal Contents

Please submit the following as part of your grant proposal: 

  1. TOMODACHI Initiative Proposal Form (attached)
  2. Itemized Budget (attached)
  3. Proof of organization’s legal status

Program Budget/Administration

Grantee organizations are expected to keep administration costs to a minimum. Priority will be given to quality proposals the maintain an overhead of 15% or below. Grantee organizations are also encouraged to consider cost-sharing. Budget should also include an estimate for travel insurance for the program participants

Supplementary Documentation

If awarded, TOMODACHI will need to collect the following supplementary documents electronically in order to process the funds transfer:

  • Signed Implementer Agreement between recipient organization and TOMODACHI;
  • Copy of recipient’s latest audited financial statement;
  • Current list of recipient organization’s Board of Directors and Advisors;
  • Bank account information for wire transfer of funds.

LACMA to exhibit two shows of samurai art, opening Oct 19 & Nov 1

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will exhibit two shows exploring the subject of samurai art this fall.

In October, LACMA presents the Southern California premiere of “Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Anne and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection,” a major presentation of battle gear worn by samurai from the 12th through the 19th centuries.

Examining the evolution of samurai accoutrements through the centuries, this exhibition features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, including eighteen full suits of armor, elaborate helmets and face guards, and life-size hore-clad armors.

The Samurai Collection, one of the most comprehensive private holding of samurai armor in the world encompassing several hundred pieces and spanning the centuries.

Samurai: Japanese from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection" will be exhibited at Resnick Pavilion from October 19, 2014 through February 1, 2015. This exhibition is required to buy a ticket beside regular admission.

A complementary exhibition to the samurai armor show will be on view at the

Pavilion for Japanese Art starting in November.

Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles" showcases samurai swords and examines the warrior lifestyle.

In the Helen and Felix Juda Gallery, a presentation of swords, sword fittings, and other weaponry from local collections will be display.

From the LACMA collection, an array of color woodblock prints depicting warriors in battle will be on view as well as selection of garments worn by samurai and their wives.

Battle screens and paintings made for the samurai will also be on view.

Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles" will be exhibited at the Pavilion for Japanese Art from November 1, 2014 through March 1, 2015.

Lecture: Samurai Life During the Edo Period

Prof. Luke Roberts, the University of California at Santa Barbara

Sunday, November 9, 2:00 pm

Brown Auditorium. Free and open to the public 

The Edo period (1615 - 1868) in Japan was governed by samurai who were hereditary warriors. Samurai were expected to cultivate “the dual way of letters and war.” Yet it was an era of no war and much commercial growth. Sustaining one’s military character was challenge in an age of peace, but the opportunities for cultural activities were many.  

In this talk, Japanese history professor Roberts introduces the lives of some average samurai of the Edo period with a particular focus on the place of military skills and cultural activities in their lives. 

First Annual Japan Fair

JACCC Plaza, Little Tokyo
Saturday, November 1, and Sunday, November 2
Japan Fair will promote Japanese and Japanese American culture to the diverse community of Southern California. It will be filled with specialty vendors, amazing entertainment and an abundance of foods and sake, much of which is imported from Japan just for this event. Entertainment will include taiko performances, traditional Japanese dancing, koto musicians, and children’s choirs among the many stage shows. 

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

Japanese American National Museum
October 11, 2014- April 26, 2015 
Sanrio and the Japanese American National Museum celebrates Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary by exploring her colorful history and influence in art and culture. The exhibition combines a product-based, historical and sociological examination of the phenomenon of Hello Kitty with an art exhibition emphasizing her influence on contemporary art.

Kiyoto Kuge: KIRIE Exhibition Opening Night

Monday, October 27 @ 7:30PM (JFLA Auditorium)
Free to Attend, NO Reservation Required
Exhibition: October 28- November 8 
Kiyoto Kuge, award winning KIRIE (Japanese traditional paper-cutting art) artist from Japan will have an exhibition at JFLA with a guest appearance

 on opening night when he will open the exhibition and say a few words. 

The USC School of Religion is now offering doctoral studies in Asia Pacific Religions, Comparative Christianities, and Global Islam! Click here to learn more. 

Exhibition Alert- Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma

September 19, 2014- February 15, 2015  
At the USC Pacific Asia Museum
Exhibition Alert- Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma

The exhibition explores the portrayal of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) and how this religious figure has become a popular icon through an array of objects from paintings and sculptures to decorative objectives and toys

An Evening with Velina Hasu Houston The Provost’s Writer’s Series

October 21, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Join Provost Elizabeth Garrett for an evening with Velina Hasu Houston, the creator and director of the MFA program in dramatic writing and co-founder of Asian American studies at USC. The only American playwright to amass a body of work that explores the U.S.-Japan relationship through a bilateral, global view of identity and belonging.

Osato’s Hands: Orientation, Error, & the Issei Novel

October 14, 2014/ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Royce Hall, Room 234

Osato’s Hands: Orientation, Error, & the Issei Novel

with Andrew Leong, Assistant Professor of English and Japanese Literature, Northwestern University

Originally serialized in the Los Angeles Rafu Shimpo from 1925 to 1926, The Tale of Osato is but one example of the many Japanese-language literary works published by Japanese living in the United States during the early twentieth century. This lecture reflects on the pitfalls of recovering and translating works like the Tale of Osato. Instead of viewing recovery and translation as processes of eliminating or minimizing error, this lecture explores the possibilities opened by interpreting errors as slips or traces of the multiple “hands” that surround a text — a community of readers, writers, and editors which might not be visible except through error.



Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue: Presenting Monkey Business

Have you ever heard a translation that just didn’t sound quite right? Next Wednesday, October 15th from 4PM-8:30PM, the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture will explore this topic! Stop by TCC 450. Dinner will be served. RSVP on our website today at See you there!