To assist in finding support for research and projects, below are links to some major foundations, grant agencies, and grant databases that support international research.
For other sources that may be useful in locating funding for international research and study, see the Office of the Vice President for International Affair (OVPIA) Grants for IU Faculty.
The IU Research Gateway provides comprehensive information on internal and external funding opportunities, research proposal development, grants administration, compliance, workshops and training, and links to research offices on IU campuses throughout the state.Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted, the sites listed in this directory are provided by organizations outside of Indiana University. Indiana University bears no responsibility for the accuracy or the content of these external sites. The links are offered solely as a convenience and for informational purposes.
Grants.gov is the premier source to find and apply for federal grants.
Specific branches of government also frequently post their updated announcements. USAID, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Institute of Peace are some of the most active granting sources.
International, multinational, and contract agencies also provide a number of worthwhile opportunities such as the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank.
Databases and Listserves
The infoEd Database, a subscription service available to IU faculty and staff, offers a searchable list of more than 8,000 grant opportunities.
Another extremely comprehensive database is collected by the Foundation Center, offering the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.
There are a number of other independent listserves such as the Grant Advisor Plus that provide online subscription service for faculty in higher education. The subscription includes a monthly electronic newsletter for grant opportunities (with a special section for international grants) and hyper-linked lists of grant and fellowship opportunities.
Foundations and Non-Profit Organizations
Private foundations and non-profit organizations can be a rich source of funding for small projects looking for a few thousand dollars to large projects with budgets in the millions.Currently, the top funder for total giving is the Gates Foundation, launching new initiatives and opportunities monthly. Some interesting foundations and non-profit organizations are below, but this list is far from comprehensive. For a more complete list, or to see information such as the Top 100 foundations by total giving, the Foundation Center is a good resource.
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American-Scandinavian Foundation
- Asia Foundation
- AT&T Foundation
- Brookings Institution
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research
- DAAD – German Academic Exchange Program
- Deboer Fellowship
- Eurasia Foundation
- European Science Foundation
- Fogarty International Center
- Ford Foundation
- Fulbright Scholars Program
- German Marshall Fund
- Inter-American Foundation
- Institute of International Education
- International Research and Exchanges Board
- Japan Foundation
- Kellogg Foundation
- Mellon (Andrew W.) Foundation
- Mott (C.S.) Foundation
- National Endowment for Democracy
- Open Society Institute
- Population Council Fellowship Program
- Procter & Gamble
- Rotary Foundation
- Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation
- Smithsonian Institution
- Social Science Research Council
- Tinker Foundation