In line with the University’s Research Plan 2012-2016, the University encourages its researchers to develop and strengthen major international collaborations.
Listed below are some major international funding schemes. When searching international grant schemes, it is recommended that researchers check at the outset;
- eligibility requirements both at an individual and institutional level; and
- funding availability e.g. can funding be paid to an overseas institution.
International Funding databases
- Euraxess UK, a British council hub, lists international funding opportunities.
- Proposal Central lists funding opportunities from international (mainly US) government, non-profit and private grant-making organizations.
- Research in Germany provides information on German funding programs for international researchers.
- Grants.gov is the primary place to find and apply for US federal grants. It lists all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.
Major Funding Sources by Country or Region
Other Funding Schemes by Research Discipline
Please note that the funding opportunities listed under each country or region/research discipline are not exhaustive. For further opportunities, search Research Professional the funding opportunity database to which the University subscribes) or the major funding databases listed above.
Major Funding Sources by Country or Region
Grants.gov is the primary place to find and apply for US federal grants. It lists all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.
National Institute of Health (NIH)
The NIH, a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, is the US’s medical research agency and the largest source of funding for medical research in the world. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers which each have a specific research agenda often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.
NIH uses activity codes to differentiate research programs. For example, the RO1 NIH Research Project Grant Program, NIH’s most commonly used grant program, supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed research program between 3-5 years. There is no specific dollar limit unless this is specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The R03 NIH Small Grant Program provides limited funding for a short period of time to support a variety of projects including pilot or feasibility studies. The R03 is limited to two years, with direct costs of up to $50,000 a year.
Useful NIH links
- Searching for NIH Funding
- Foreign Applicants – remember to check eligibility criteria first. Section III.1.A of each FOA describes the type of institutions/organizations that are eligible to apply and Section III.1.B provides information on the type of individuals that are eligible to apply.
- Submission process – the majority of competing applications now require electronic submission. Electronic submission requires institutions to register through Grants.gov and eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system. Flinders is registered on both systems. (Principal investigators also need to ensure they are registered with eRA Commons.)
US Defence Research Agency Funding
The Education and Science Office, Embassy of Australia, has produced an informal guide (PDF 978KB) to key United States Defence Research Agency Funding for Australian Researchers, which provides general guidance on how to apply for funding from the four key US defence research agencies below:
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
- Army Research Office (ARO)
- Office of Naval Research (ONR)
- Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Funding opportunities for all of the above agencies are listed on Grants.gov and also on each agency website (apart from AFOSR).
The Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Reserch Programs (CDMRP) is funded through the Department of Defense (DoD) and funds research programs in various areas including autism and cancer. The CDMRP has replaced the eReceipt System with the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). Application submission is a two-step process requiring both:
- pre-application submission through the eBRAP and
- application submission through Grants.gov, with application status available on eBRAP.
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal funding agency with an annual budget of $7.2 billion (FY 2014). It is the major source of federal backing in many fields such as mathematics, computer science and social sciences.
NSF rarely provides support to foreign organizations. NSF will consider proposals for cooperative projects involving US and foreign organizations, provided support is requested only for the US portion of the collaborative effort.
Useful NSF links
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant opportunities focus principally on solving key health and development problems for the underprivileged.
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission promotes mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States, primarily through the administration of Fulbright scholarships.
National Geographic offers conservation, exploration and research grants. The Conservation Trust supports projects of global importance, emphasizing practical conservation solutions. The Global Exploration Fund establishes local support for research, conservation, and exploration projects in Northern Europe and China. The Committee for Research and Exploration provides research grants focused on cultivating scientists, explorers, and conservationists.
Australia-China Grants support projects that broaden and strengthen Australia-China relations in education, business, culture and the arts.
The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports strategic science, technology and innovation collaboration of mutual benefit to Australia and China.
Australia-India Council (AIC) Grants Program welcomes funding applications from individuals and organisations in Australia for projects which are likely to promote long-term contact and cooperation between Australia and India.
Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) helps Australian researchers to participate in leading edge scientific projects and workshops with Indian researchers. An additional $20 million will be available for grants under the AISRF over four years from the 2015-16 financial year, with the next round expected to open sometime in 2015.
Wellcome Trust supports biomedical and medical humanities research.
Horizon 2020, the EU's new program for research and innovation, will run from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion.
- What is Horizon2020? (DOCX 49KB)
- Opportunities for Australians under Horizon 2020 (DOCX 40KB)
- Opportunities for Australians under Erasmus (DOCX 39KB)
Connecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence (CAESIE) is a bilateral partnership initiative programme between the European Union and Australia. It is specifically targeted to establish science and technology collaboration and partnership between small to medium enterprises (SMEs) businesses and researchers (in Europe and Australia) across three core priority areas (1) Clean energy; (2) Healthy ageing through enabling technologies, and (3) Sustainable cities. Priming Grants are available to eligible SME applicants to assist with travel costs to develop their relationship with a researcher or research organisation.
Research in Germany provides information on German funding programs for international researchers.
Alexander von Humboldt promotes academic cooperation between scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) supports international research cooperation under its International Programmes.
Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme supports the exchange of Australian and German researchers through a joint initative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Annual calls are made.
International Funding Schemes by Research Discipline
Susan G Komen for the Cure – the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer.
Worldwide Cancer Research (formerly known as AICR) funds research into any type of cancer anywhere in the world.
JDRF is the leading charitable funder of diabetes research worldwide.
Australia Awards Fellowships offer Australian organisations, from all sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broaden their links with leaders and professionals in developing countries by providing opportunities for Fellows to undertake short term study and professional development in Australia.
Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) funds, develops and facilitates innovative research collaborations between low- and middle-income and high-income countries in the fight against chronic disease.
NHMRC – European Union Collaborative Research Grants in the EC’s Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing 2020 calls.
Australian Academy of the Humanities has International Programmes for humanities.
Australian Academy of Science has various programs for scientists.
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering International Exchanges enable early-career and mid-career researchers to participate in bilateral exchange – past schemes have covered exchanges with Korea, Israel, Japan and China.
The Human Frontiers of Science Program (HFSP) is an international program of research support, funding frontier research on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Research is funded at all levels of biological complexity from biomolecules to the interactions between organisms. Australia is a member country and scientists from member countries may participate in the Research Grant and Fellowship programs.