Jump to Content

International Research Funding Opportunities

We encourage researchers to use Research Professional to search for international funding opportunities specific to their research field

The list below includes prominent international schemes by region and is not exhaustive

Check the eligibility criteria, as individual schemes can vary and some opportunities may not be available to Australian-based researchers.





NIH is the leading medical research agency in the US and supports a wide variety of research-related programs, including:

We encourage researchers to use the NIH database to search for specific funding opportunities



CDMRP aim to support novel biomedical research, providing funding for high impact but potentially also high risk projects that have the potential to transform healthcare. CDMRP provide funding opportunities across a number of individual programs, including cancer research.


The Susan G. Komen foundation provides funding for research in breast cancer prevention and cure. Funding mechanisms (e.g. grants or fellowship support) and the scientific focus can vary from year to year for this foundation,  refer to the current funding opportunities for the latest information.


JDRF is a global leader in funding support for type 1 diabetes research and encourages applications from suitably qualified researchers from all over the world. JDRF has multiple funding mechanisms for supporting type 1 diabetes research and the search for a cure, including:

  • Strategic Research Agreements
  • Innovative Grants
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Career Development Awards


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)


LLS is the largest voluntary health organisation dedicated to funding research and finding cures for blood cancer patients. LLS provide funding for both basic and translational research for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma researchers. See the Academic Grant Program for funding opportunities, including support for:


Alzheimer's Association (U.S.)

The Alzheimer's Association is a leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research. The Alzheimer's Association runs an international research program that provides funding for research that advances the understanding of Alzheimer's diseases, identifies new treatment strategies, improves care and furthers knowledge on disease prevention and brain health. A number of funding opportunities are available, including support for translational research as well as basic and clinical research fellowships.


Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of the USA's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

To bring about the kinds of changes that will help people live healthier and more productive lives, the foundation seeks to understand the world's inequities. The foundation awards the majority of its grants to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations identified by the foundations staff.

United Kingdom

Worldwide Cancer Research

Although based in the UK, Worldwide Cancer Research (formerly the Association for International Cancer Research) is a charity that funds researchers based all over the world and invests funding for all types of cancers.

United Kingdom

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust are a global charitable foundation that support scientists and researchers to take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate. The Wellcome Trust support a breadth of research, please use the scheme finder to search for funding opportunities.


European Commission Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with nearly EUR80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Two year work programmes announce the specific areas that will be funded by Horizon 2020. Look out for them on the online Participant Portal as they can be used as a calendar for the calls for proposals ('calls'), to be published during the year.


European Commission

Find open and upcoming calls for funding proposals, get background information on funding processes and programmes, and apply online. Learn about the tendering process and opportunities for doing business with the European Commission.



The European Union's Erasmus+ programme is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
Find relevant information concerning the funding opportunities and application procedures within the Erasmus+ programme.


The Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier 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.


Mitsui Environment Fund

Supporting activities and research that contribute to solving global environmental problems and aiming to achieve sustainable society where the economy and the environment coexist in harmony.