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Other funding sources - International

Please find below a selection of international agencies and organisations that offer alternative sources of funding:


EURAXESS Links is a networking tool for European researchers working outside Europe. It provides information about research in Europe, European research policy, opportunities for research funding, for international collaboration and for trans-national mobility.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is an independent research-funding charity that supports research and postgraduate fellowships in the UK and Ireland, especially in health and medical areas. See also: SFI–HRB–Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

EMBO promotes excellence in molecular life sciences and provides training and expertise in addition to funding a number of awards, including: EMBO Fellowships, Young Investigators award, Installation Grants, Courses & Workshops grants, Lecture Grants, Travel Grants, EMBO Gold Medal, and Women in Science Award.

The Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland annually awards grants to Irish and E.U. postgraduate students, scholars, and professionals to study, research, and lecture in the United States and for Americans to do the same in Ireland. Fulbright Awards include a monetary grant, visa administration, accident and emergency insurance, and a range of cultural and professional programming.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by the U.S. Congress "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defence…" NSF highly values international collaboration, as it is critical to keeping the United States globally competitive at the frontiers of knowledge, leading to transformational science and engineering breakthroughs.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), or Gakushin for short, is an independent administrative institution, established by way of a national law for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities.  JSPS runs a suite of programmes targeted at developing international collaboration including a Bilateral Joint Research Projects/Seminars Scheme.


This website provides an access point to research funding opportunities worldwide, and links to Research, Technology, Development and Innovation (RTDI) programmes with those countries that have a science and technology agreement with the European Union. Currently these countries include Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Jordan, Morocco, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and USA.

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

The ADDF is interested in novel targets and therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and cognitive aging. They fund four different categories of research; drug discovery and preclinical development, early detection, clinical trials and prevention, and many of their awards are open to researchers worldwide.


amfAR plays a vital role in AIDS research, identifying critical gaps in our knowledge of HIV and AIDS and supporting ground breaking studies that often lack the preliminary data required by more traditional funders. amfAR supports researchers around the world by funding research awards and post-doctoral fellowships.

The Association for International Cancer Research (AICR)

The Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) is an independent charity whose aim is to support fundamental research by eminent and promising scientists throughout the world, into the causes and prevention of cancer. AICR funds research awards and international fellowships worldwide.

AXA Research Fund 

The AXA Research Fund was created to encourage scientific research that would contribute to understanding and preventing environmental, life, and socio-economic risks. Its mission is to boost scientific progress and discoveries that contribute to understand and prevent environmental, life and socio-economic risks. AXA Research funds scientific chairs, research awards, post-doctoral fellowships and doctoral fellowships.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF)

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) is a public foundation—an independent, non-profit organization for the exclusive and direct promotion of basic research in biomedicine. They support up-and-coming junior scientists whose research projects experimentally elucidate the basic phenomena of human life and fund PhD fellowships, travel grants, and MD fellowships.

Breakout labs

Breakout Labs invite early-stage companies from around the world to apply for funding of specific milestones on a path to achieving radical advances and far-reaching impact. Their revolving fund model allows successful companies to help fund the next generation of innovation. Breakout labs fundsresearch awards to companies worldwide.

Breast Cancer Campaign

Breast Cancer Campaign only funds research into breast cancer and will support research at any centre of excellence in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The charity has a particular interest in supporting innovative research and will fund the best breast cancer research in the UK and Ireland, providing that it is of the highest quality. Breast Cancer Campaign funds research awards, pilot grants, PhD studentships, and scientific fellowships.

The Broad Foundation

The Broad Foundation funds early stage investigation under the principle that innovative ideas ultimately lead to effective treatment, diagnosis and prevention of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). They provide funding to investigators working in non-profit organizations worldwide for up to two years for basic or clinical IBD research projects. Research grants are available for innovative proposals that will lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

CRI is dedicated exclusively to the support and coordination of laboratory and clinical efforts that will lead to the immunological treatment, control, and prevention of cancer. CRI is committed to translating basic discovery into real-life applications in the clinic, and is dedicated to overcoming hurdles to academically-led clinical discovery efforts. They offer post-doctoral fellowships, Clinic and Laboratory Integration Programme Grants, and pre-doctoral student grants.

Cystinosis Research Foundation (CRF)

The Cystinosis Research Foundation is dedicated to finding better treatments to improve the quality of life for those with cystinosis and to ultimately find a cure for this devastating disease. CRF funds research awards and post-doctoral fellowships.

The Dr Josef Steiner Cancer Foundation

The objectives of the Dr Josef Steiner research award are to honour outstanding cancer research, to encourage researchers who have contributed to basic knowledge of cancer, to educate the public that cancer research progress is realized in a step by step manner, and to honour even small advances in the hope that a major breakthrough in cancer research will sooner or later occur.

Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education in order to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. They support scientific field research related to sustainable development conducted by leading scientists in a broad range of disciplines, from habitat management to health care.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)

The mission of EREF is to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve. The EREF funds research awards worldwide.

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes

The aims of EFSD are to encourage and support research in the field of diabetes, to rapidly diffuse acquired knowledge and to facilitate its application. EFSD funds basic research awards and clinical research awards.

Grand Challenges in Global Health

Grand Challenges in Global Health focuses on 16 major global health challenges with the aim of engaging creative minds across scientific disciplines—including those who have not traditionally taken part in health research—to work on solutions that could lead to breakthrough advances for those in the developing world.

Human Frontier Science Programme (HFSP)

The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences. HFSO fund research awards, postdoctoral fellowships, and career development awards.

The James S. McDonnell Foundation

The James S. McDonnell Foundation funds science, educational, and charitable projects in the U.S. and supports approaches that might depart from conventional wisdom or traditional funding sources. They fund research awards, postdoctoral fellowships, scholar awards and collaborative activity awards.

The Lady Tata Memorial Trust

The Trust spends four-fifths of its income on international research and invites applications for Awards for individual support for research on leukaemia worldwide. Awards are restricted to studies of leukaemogenic agents, and the epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology and genetic basis of leukaemia and related diseases.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

The mission of LLS is: Cure leukaemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. The LLS funds aCareer Development Programme, Translation Research Programme and Specialized Centre of Research Programme.

Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)

The goal of LRF is to conquer leukaemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes while enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. Their strategy is to fund worldwide medical research into the causes and cures of blood cancers, provide patient financial assistance and offer educational/emotional support programs. The LRF exclusively funds New Investigators—individuals who are beginning to establish their own laboratories and are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor.

Lindberg Foundation

The Lindbergh Grants program provides seed money and credibility for pilot projects that subsequently receive larger sums from other sources to continue and expand the work. Lindbergh grants are made in the following categories:

  • Agriculture
  • Aviation/Aerospace
  • Conservation of Natural Resources – Including Animals, Plants, Water and General Conservation (Land, Air, Energy, Etc.)
  • Education – Including Humanities/Education, The Arts, and Intercultural Communication
  • Exploration
  • Health – Including Biomedical Research, Health and Population Sciences, and Adaptive Technology
  • Waste Minimization and Management
  • A Jonathan Lindbergh Brown Grant may be given to a project to support adaptable technology or biomedical research which seeks to redress imbalance an individual and his or her human environment

The Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine

The objective of the Institute is to further the understanding and progress in preventive medicine. They do this through the promotion and support of biomedical excellence in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The Lister Institute fundsYoung Investigator Awards.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading US presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. PDF funds the work of leading scientists throughout the world via its Research Awards, Post-doctoral Fellowships and Summer Student Fellowships.

PEGAUS Marie Curie Fellowships

PEGASUS Marie Curie Fellowships are co-funded by the Marie Curie Programme of the European Commission, and aim to attract excellent postdoctoral researchers to Flanders in order to contribute to the advancement of Flemish science.

Progeria Research Foundation (PRF)

The mission of The Progeria Research Foundation is to discover treatments toward the cure for Progeria and its aging related disorders. PRF fundsInnovator Awards, Established Investigator Awards, and Speciality Awards.

Royal DSM - Bright Science Awards Program

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. The DSM Bright Science Awards Program recognizes and rewards the smart thinking of both young and established scientists and funds: DSM Science & Technology Awards, DSM Nutrition Award, DSM Performance Materials Award, and Polymer Technology Award.

Thierry Latran Foundation

The Thierry Latran Foundation aims (a) to finance basic, applied and clinical research with potential therapeutic benefits in sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and (b) to contribute to the support of academic and industrial scientific research efforts in Europe to cure this disease.

Thrasher Research Fund

The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for paediatric medical research, funding projects that offer substantial promise for meaningful advances in the prevention and treatment of children’s diseases, in particular research that offers broad-based applications.