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.

Updated on December 11, 2019

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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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