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30+ Research Funding Agencies That Support International Collaboration

Collaboration in research can improve project outcomes and communication. View this list of 30+ research funding agencies that support international collaboration.

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In the same way that there is no national trigonometric table or periodic table, science does not belong to any nation. It is rather an asset of humanity and should be used to improve everyone’s life. The outreach of science achieves deeper levels with globalization, which has made the world feel like a small village and has helped the fast dissemination of science and technology.

According to Professor Manfred Horvat, an advisor to the EU involved in international cooperation, if Europe wants to become more competitive, it “needs to cooperate with increasingly innovative countries such as China and Brazil”. This means that while the work of researchers from emerging economies is being recognized worldwide, funding for international cooperation, including for emerging countries, is increasingly becoming available.

While having your research funded may determine your success, it is not always easy to find sources of funding. To help researchers in the search for project grants, we have made a list of more than 30 funding agencies that provide grants for international collaboration. If you are interested in learning more about funding from these organizations, we encourage you to check out their website and see the type of research projects that each organization funds.

30+ International Funding Agencies

1. Campus France
2. CAPES (Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education)
3. IIE: The Power of International Education
4. CNPq - National Council for Scientific and Technological Development
5. COST - European Cooperation in Science & Technology
6. DAAD - In-Country/In-Region Programme in Developing Countries
7. European Commission
8. European Outdoor Conservation Association
9. European Research Council
10. FAPESP - Sao Paulo Research Foundation
11. Finep
12. French National Research Agency
13. Government of Canada
14. Hes-so
15. Human Frontier Science Program
16. Illumina
17. Independent Research Fund Denmark
18. Inserm
19. Inter-American Foundation
20. International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
21. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
22. Kooperation International
23. Latin American Brain Mapping Network
24. National Human Genome Research Institute
25. Neotropical Bird Club
26. NIH Fogarty International Center
27. Non-NIH - Fogarty International Center
28. NSF - National Science Foundation
29. NSFC - National Natural Science Foundation of China
30. Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States
31. The African Academy of Sciences
32. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine
33. TWAS - The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries
34. UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme
35. University of Queensland
36. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
37. Waitt Foundation

Additional Resources

Finding relevant grants for your research takes time, but we know that is only a part of the process; writing the grant can be time-consuming too. With that in mind, here are a few additional resources that can help with your grant proposal:


  • National Science Board. 2008. Science and Engineering Indicators 2008. Two Volumes. Arlington, VA. National Science Foundation (volume 1, NSB 08-01; volume 2, NSB 08-01A).

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