International Funding Opportunities

Research applications must be submitted to the Office of Research Services at least two weeks before the due date of an international funding competition to allow the Research Grants Officer to review the application and provide feedback in a timely manner.

Below is a selected list of opportunities sorted by location of the sponsor or research. For opportunities with set deadlines, consult our Current Funding Opportunities (pdf) newsletter.

*Please visit the International Centre for information on international student exchange programs and scholarships.*

Opportunities by region:

Latin America and Caribbean
United States


Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) – Research Grant Program
This research grant program is aimed at foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, and doctoral candidates in Chinese studies-related departments at foreign universities. CCS will provide a round-trip ticket to and from Taipei, monthly subsidies ranging from $1,333–$2,000 CDN, insurance coverage, assistance with research expenses, research materials, liaison with universities and research institutions, and the use of CCS facilities. Yearly deadline for receipt of applications: May 31

Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship
Offering young researchers in the fields of natural science, engineering, or medicine to carry out their research in a Japanese host institution (university research laboratory, national research institution, or corresponding facility in private industry) of their choice between 3-6 months. Yearly deadline for receipt of applications: June 30

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute 
Shastri supports the creation of bi-national links between academia, government, the business community and civil society organizations between Canada and India.

Eligibility: requirements vary between programs, some are open to full-time faculty members only and some are open to researchers and students. For more information about opportunities, click here.

For information on programs available to students, please visit the International Centre.


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
The National Research Flagships initiative funded by the Australian government was launched to reinforce the development of collaborative research partnerships reflecting national research priorities.


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Grants supporting research, knowledge-building, and knowledge-sharing projects in four broad areas: 1) agriculture and the environment; 2) global health policy; 3) social and economic policy; and 4) science and innovation.

Universities Canada Global Excellence Program
Offers international research opportunities.


Alexander von Humbolt Foundation
Offers several competitions for top experts at different stages of their careers to share their knowledge in Germany.

DAAD – Research Visit Grant and Arts Study Visit for Faculty
Offering grants for 1-3 months in all academic disciplines to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes, or laboratories in Germany.

European Union – Horizon 2020
From 2014 to 2020, the European Union will provide €80 billion for research in all sectors, from the most fundamental research, training and infrastructure, to the most experimental emerging technologies, advanced scientific developments, demonstration projects and valorization of results.

Gerda Henkel Stiftung – Research Scholarships and Research Projects 
Supports historical humanities projects in the field of archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, and prehistory and early history. Research can take place anywhere in the world. 

NATO – Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS)
Supports collaborative R&D projects that: 1) facilitate mutually beneficial cooperation on issues of common interest, including international efforts to meet emerging security challenges in counter-terrorism, energy security, cyber defence, defence against CBRN agents, or environmental security; 2) enhance and support for NATO-led operations and missions; 3) enhance awareness on security developments including through early warning, with a view to preventing crises; or 4) human and social aspects of security related to NATO’s strategic objectives.

Swiss National Science Foundation – International Short Visits
Grants awarded to initiate international collaborations. Funding available on a project level or through one of the offered National Research Program (NRP).


Canada and Latin America student research and exchange opportunities (undergraduates to postdoctoral fellows).


American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund
Supports research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Global Health Program
Grants for projects pertaining to global health issues. Contact the Research Contracts team at for further details on the application process.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Supports research that can lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Research fellowships are also available.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Supports research in the areas of biomedical sciences, diversity in science, infectious disease, interfaces in science, population and laboratory-based sciences, regulatory science, and reproductive sciences.

US Department of Defense
Offering medical research grants in several areas including, but not limited to autism, cancer, multiple sclerosis, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, bone marrow failure, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and neurofibromatosis.

Google – Faculty Research Awards
Supports cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering, and related fields.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation – Research Grants
Supports research from the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Yearly deadline for receipt of applications: August 1

Human Frontiers Science Program 
Supports basic research on fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on innovative and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Offers grant opportunities focused on type 1 diabetes research, including fellowships, research grants, and conferences.

MacArthur Foundation
Offers grants in multiple fields that are often inter-related and which, support people and organizations working to address a variety of complex societal challenges. Grants are generally long-term, strategic investments, focused on building evidence about what works and finding solutions to often intractable problems.

March of Dimes
Supports a number of research grants aimed at improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Muscular Dystrophy Association – Research Grants Program
Supports research aimed at developing treatments for the muscular dystrophies and related diseases of the neuromuscular system.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH is the primary US agency (comprised of 27 institutes and centers) focused on medical research on particular diseases and body systems. Researchers from Canadian universities are eligible to apply for many NIH funding opportunities.

National Science Foundation
Supports research in most fields of science and engineering.

Rockefeller Foundation
Supports projects that revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, transform cities, or advance health. Projects must be relevant to the Foundation’s current initiatives and affect people in one or more geographic areas where the Foundation currently works.

Thrasher Research Fund – Pediatric Medical Research
Supports a broad array of applications that foster creativity at finding solutions to children’s health problems.

Wenner-Gren Foundation – Anthropology
Supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity’s biological and cultural origins, development and variation through fellowships and grants for field work, research, and conferences. 


For more information on international research grants, or if you are in the process of applying for a funding opportunity involving international research, contact:

Contact Michelina Violi
Research Grants Officer, Health and International


Funding Databases


US Government Grants
Proposal Central(Canadian and US Health-Related Grants)
US Department of Health Grants: NIH
US Department of Defense Medical Grants: Medical and Health Related
European Union Grants: Horizon 2020 Programme