Funding Agencies

  1. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research cooperation. Humboldt Research Awards to Outstanding Scholars resident outside Germany The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) grants up to 150 Humboldt Research Awards annually to foreign scholars with internationally recognized academic qualifications. The award is intended as a lifelong tribute to the past academic accomplishments of award winners. Furthermore, award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany in cooperation with German specialist colleagues for periods of between six months and one year. The award can amount up to DM 150,000.

  2. Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
    Assistance Countries
    Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Solomon Islands, Thailand
    Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is Australia's bilateral aid agency. AusAID provides assistance to the financial sector under the broad policy framework of private sector development and governance through training and scholarships, technical assistance and policy analysis. AusAID focuses on enhancing the financial sector regulatory framework, corporate governance and the strengthening of financial institutions. Priority is given to micro-finance and small and medium enterprise (SME) development in the East Asia and Pacific region, particularly in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Solomon Islands and Thailand.

  3. European Union (EU)
    Assistance Regions: Global
    The European Union (EU) provides significant development assistance through a wide range of mechanisms and institutions. The EU's Directorate General for Development (DG DEV) forms EU development policy on regional and sectoral levels, concentrating on ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) countries. DG DEV collaborates closely with EU member states, international financial institutions, regional development banks and all EU institutions involved in development activities.

  4. Ford Foundation
    The Ford Foundation works mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest in comparison to societal needs, we focus on a limited number of problem areas and program strategies within our broad goals.
    Since its inception it has been an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It has provided slightly more than $10 billion in grants and loans. These funds derive from an investment portfolio that began with gifts and bequests of Ford Motor Company stock by Henry and Edsel Ford. The Foundation no longer owns Ford Motor Company stock, and its diversified portfolio is managed to provide a perpetual source of support for the Foundation's programs and operations.

  5. Human Frontier Science Program (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 brings 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

  6. International Development Research Center
    Is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research.

  7. International Foundation for Science
    IFS is an NGO providing support to developing country scientists to conduct, in a developing country, relevant and high quality research on the management, use, and conservation of biological resources and their environment. IFS believes that the interests of both science and development are best served by promoting and nurturing the research efforts of young science graduates, who are at the beginning of their research careers. Since 1974, IFS has provided support, mainly in the form of small research grants, to over 3,200 scientists in 99 developing countries.

  8. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
    Assistance Regions: Global
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is Japan's bilateral aid agency responsible for the transfer of technical assistance and knowledge to the recipients of Japan's Official Development Assistance. JICA funds the dispatch of financial sector experts and training programs in public finance, banking, capital markets and corporate management. The majority of assistance is directed towards countries in Asia.

  9. Microenterprise Innovation Project
    The Microenterprise Best Practices (MBP) Project is expanding the knowledge base of microenterprise practices in developing countries through: research and publications, a grant facility, and information sharing. MBP is the research and learning component of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Microenterprise Innovation Project (MIP).

  10. Research Funding Opportunities and Link Page
    This link page has compiled a list of over 70 research-granting organizations. Each listing contains the necessary information regarding grants, name of contact person, grant amounts and required level of education to participate.

  11. Singapore Cooperation Program
    Assistance Regions: Global
    The Singapore Cooperation Program (SCP) was established in 1992 under the Technical Cooperation Directorate of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The SCP has brought together the various technical assistance programs offered by Singapore, and offers training to officials from developing countries in a wide range of topics, including banking and capital markets.

  12. United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
    Assistance Countries:
    Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Republic of, Zambia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, CĂ´te d'Ivoire, Egypt, Arab Republic of, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines.
    The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), a member of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), provides technical assistance and capacity building to developing countries through local development programs and micro-finance projects.

  13. United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
    Assistance Regions: Global
    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is a multilateral agency active in promoting poverty reduction programs throughout the world. The UNDP is active in promoting micro, small and medium enterprise development and corporate governance reform.

  14. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the bilateral agency responsible for development cooperation. USAID provides assistance in a wide range of areas, including the financial sector. USAID's financial sector work covers over 100 countries, with the broad goal of identifying and addressing constraints to the emergence of a sound financial system in developing and transitional economies worldwide. Since 1988, USAID has provided $1.5 billion in financial sector technical assistance in over 800 projects worldwide. USAID's priority areas in the financial sector include, banking, capital markets, micro-finance/SME development, insurance and pensions, housing finance and supporting financial sector legal and regulatory reform.

  15. World Bank
    Assistance Regions: Global
    The World Bank Group is a multilateral development bank comprised of five multilateral agencies, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Agency (IDA), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Lending and technical assistance to the financial sector is provided by IBRD, IDA, and the IFC. The World Bank's most visible financial sector program is the joint World Bank and IMF Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP), which was established in 1999 to identify financial system strengths and vulnerabilities in member countries. The World Bank also participates with other standard-setting organizations, such as the Basel Committee, IOSCO, and IAIS to ensure that International Standards and Codes properly reflect the perspectives of developing countries. The Financial Sector Vice Presidency within the IBRD provides the bulk of financial sector assistance in the form of grants, loans and capacity building in a wide range of topics, including banking systems, capital markets, housing finance, insurance, payments systems, rural and micro-finance, anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism, small and medium enterprises and the financial sector legal and regulatory framework.

  16. Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
    Source of Funding: Multinational
    Objective: To enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.
    Programmes Offered
    • Grants-In-Aid of Research
    • William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement
    • John P. McGovern Science and Society Award
    • Young Investigator Award
    • Monie A. Ferst Award
    • Common Wealth Award for Science and Invention
    • Honorary Members
    • Range of Support: Varies by programme; $1,000 to $50,000
    • Eligibility: Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.
    • Duration of Support: Information not found
    • Additional Information: A majority of funds are given to dues paying student members of Sigma Xi.

  17. New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
    Objective: To promote advancement of the international level of industrial technology, and the results achieved are expected to create the basis for new key industrial technology
    Programmes Offered
    International Joint Research Grant
    • Materials
    • Energy
    • International Standard Development
    • Global Environment
    • Range of Support: Varies by programme
    • Eligibility: Information not found
    • Duration of Support: Multi-year projects are accepted.

  18. Japan Science and Technology Corporation
    Objective: To support science centres and grass roots activities across the nation and at the same time set up various ways of coordinating these activities.
    Programmes Offered
    • International Exchange of Researchers
    • Research exchange
    • Range of Support: Information not found
    • Eligibility: Varies by programme
    • Duration of Support: Varies by programme; 5 years maximum