Flinders University encourages our 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;
Please note that the funding opportunities listed under each country or region below are not exhaustive. For further opportunities, search Research Professional.
A guide to undertaking international collaboration from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is available. This guide is a very useful resource for researchers looking for some guidance when engaging with international collaborators.
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.
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.
The Education and Science Office, Embassy of Australia, has produced an informal guide 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:
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 Research Programs (CDMRP) is funded through the Department of Defense (DoD) and funds research programs in various areas including autism and cancer. The CDMRP uses the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). Application submission is a two-step process requiring both:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal funding agency with an annual budget of $8.1 billion (FY 2019). 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.
Proposals to NSF must be submitted electronically via either the NSF FastLane System or Grants.gov.
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.
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.
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.
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 initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Annual calls are made.
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