International funds

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. The programme  will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.


CRDF Global - The Civil Research and Development Foundation

The Civil Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global) is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training and services. CRDF Global engages global innovators to address the critical challenges of our time - from health and the environment, to security and education. By developing and managing scientific programs CRDF Global provides a valuable resource for government, corporate and research communities in the United States and around the world.


STCU – Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine

The Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the prevention of the proliferation of expertise related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). There are 2 types of Grants or Projects at the STCU: Regular Grants and Partner grants. Regular Grants/Projects are selected for funding by STCU’s donor countries after the project was evaluated by experts and was considered valuable for funding. Partner grants are funded from the budgets of private or federal companies and institutes that are "Partners" to the STCU. Scientists sign contracts with those companies and STCU provides the financial and technical monitoring.


CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique   (National Center for  Scientific Research - CNRS) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. CNRS has the following missions: to evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society; to contribute to the application and promotion of research results; to develop scientific information; to support research training; to participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy.


ISTC – International Science and Technology Centre

ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing former weapons scientists (FWS) with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment. The current Parties to ISTC are the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway and South Korea (funding Parties), as well as Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. ISTC activities fall in two broad categories: research projects, which employ FWS in the development of new science and technology (S&T), and Supplemental Programs, which include workshops and other events to integrate FWS in the global S&T and industrial communities.


NATO  Science for Peace and Security Programme

The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme is a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange. The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country. The Programme contributes towards the Alliance’s core goals and promotes regional cooperation through scientific projects and activities. Over its long history, the SPS has continuously adapted to the demands of the times. To this end, a comprehensive reorientation of the Programme took place in 2013, which gave SPS a renewed focus on larger scale strategic activities beyond purely scientific cooperation.


DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

The DFG - German Research Foundation is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. In organisational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities. The DFG receives the large majority of its funds from the federal government and the states, which are represented in all grants committees. At the same time, the voting system and procedural regulations guarantee science-driven decisions.



The Volkswagen Foundation (Volkswagen Stiftung) is an independent foundation incorporated under private law with registered office in Hanover. Its overall funding volume of around 150 million euros per year makes it Germany‘s largest private research funding foundation, and indeed one of the country’s largest foundations altogether. The Foundation provides funds only to academic institutions and is dedicated to the support humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It funds research projects in path-breaking areas and provides assistance to academic institutions for the improvement of the structural conditions for their work. In particular, the Foundation perceives its mission in supporting aspiring young researchers and in promoting interdisciplinary and international collaboration. 


SATREPS: Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development

SATREPS is a Japanese government program that promotes international joint research. The program is structured as a collaboration between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), which provides competitive research funds for science and technology projects, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which provides development assistance (ODA). Based on the needs of developing countries, the program aims to address global issues (that affect more than a single country or region) and leads to research outcomes of practical benefit to both local and global society.