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International Funding Opportunities

The following international funding opportunities are for researchers (faculty, students and trainees).

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Opportunities by Canadian Organizations

CIHR – International and global health collaborations

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Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP)

New Faculty Mobility Program for Canadians in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Government of Canada has launched a new scholarship initiative for Canadian professors and researchers to teach or conduct research, for three to eight weeks, in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new Faculty Mobility Program aims to increase the number of institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian, Latin and Caribbean post-secondary institutions.

Canadian post-secondary academic institutions can now submit scholarship applications, on behalf professors and researchers, in the form of a proposal detailing the proposed study or research projects in eligible countries. 

Application deadline: October 18, 2018

Global Affairs Canada

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Grand Challenges Canada

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Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights seeks bold ideas with big impact, for products, services and implementation models that could transform how persistent challenges in sexual and reproductive health and rights are addressed. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to CAD$100,000 for up to 12 months.

Areas of particular interest include innovations that focus on sexual and gender-based violence and child, early and forced marriage, and innovations with potential for scaling and strong paths to sustainability. 

Application deadline: September 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

It recognizes the world's top scientists who have made outstanding achievements in any branch of Global Health Research. Award value is $100,000. Application


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IDRC Research Awards


IDRC/UK Government’s Global AMR Innovation Fund

Developing innovative veterinary solutions for the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Eligible research teams should be working on veterinary solutions to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a focus on poultry, swine, or aquaculture animals. At least one of the administering institutions should be based in a low or middle-income country (Eligible countries: Central Asia; Far East Asia; Middle East; North and Central America; North of Sahara; Oceania; South America; South Asia; South of Sahara; West Indies)

Application deadline: September 12, 2018 by 11 AM (ET)


Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

Ontario Arts Council

Building Audiences and Markets: Grant Programs

Ontario Universities International

Offers four exchange programs: Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Jiangsu (China), Maharashtra, Goa and New Delhi area (India), and Rhône-Alpes (France).

a. The Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Faculty Research Exchange offers grants to support research visits to universities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg by faculty members at participating Ontario universities. While the objective is both to promote new collaborative research partnerships and to strengthen existing partnerships between researchers in Ontario and Baden-Württemberg, applications proposing new partnerships are particularly welcome.

The present competition is for grants to support research stays between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. OBW Faculty Research Exchange grants will support researchers for a minimum of one month and a maximum of six months at the host university. Researchers who wish to stay longer than six months are still eligible to participate, but the maximum fundable period will be restricted to six months.

Learn more. Application deadline: October 31, 2018.

b. Ontario/Jiangsu (China) Summer Research Program offers four– month summer research opportunities for Canadian undergraduate and graduate students. Application details.

Applications for the Summer Research Program will be accepted up to January 31, 2019.

c. Ontario/Rhône-Alpes (France) ProgramO provides international study and research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level for students in science, engineering and health science disciplines; for 3 - month periods during the summer. Program details and application process. Application deadline: Check with Western International for internal deadlines. Agency deadline: January 15, 2019.

d. Ontario-India Short-Term Study Program offers opportunities to participate at Indian institutions under the supervision of faculty members at Indian institutions, 2-3 months at any time in the calendar year. More details. Application deadline: It is advisable to begin researching options early in the Fall semester, well in advance of the January 31 deadline for applications.

SSHRC Belmont Forum

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SSHRC – International Research Funding

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SSHRC and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Horizon 2020 Migration Call  
This call specifically welcomes collaboration with Canadians: 

Subtheme: MIGRATION-07-2019: International protection of refugees in a comparative perspective 
Type of action: Research and Innovation Action
Call opens: November 6, 2018
Deadline: March 14, 2019
EU Budget: €9.00 million

Other sub-themes to be funded under this Call:

Subtheme: DT-MIGRATION-06-2018-2019: Addressing the challenge of migrant integration through ICT-enabled solutions
Type of action: Innovation Action 
Call opens: November 6, 2018
Deadline: March 14, 2019
EU Budget: €8.00 million
Subtheme: MIGRATION-01-2019: Understanding migration mobility patterns: elaborating mid and long-term migration scenarios
Type of action: Research and Innovation Action
Call opens: November 6, 2018
Deadline: March 14, 2019
EU Budget: €9.00 million
Subtheme: MIGRATION-03-2019: Social and economic effects of migration in Europe and integration policies
Type of action: Research and Innovation Action
Call opens: November 6, 2018
Deadline: March 14, 2019
EU Budget: €9.00 million

Universities Canada

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Western’s New International Research Networks Award (NIRN)

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Opportunities by International Organizations

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore): A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) - Singapore

ARAP is designed to facilitate collaboration between researchers in the overseas universities and in A*STAR. Typically, a PhD student who remains matriculated at the overseas university, undertakes a 1-2 years of research work in an A*STAR research institute. A*STAR provides a monthly stipend and other allowances such as conference/medical insurance for the period that the student is here in Singapore.

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore): Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA) - Singapore

The SIPGA programme provides a 2-6 month experience in an A*STAR research institute for third or fourth year undergraduates or Masters students. The student works with a supervisor, usually as part of a larger research project, in an A*STAR institute. As A*STAR is a research organization rather than a university, students can arrange to start at any time of the year, subject to the availability of the supervisor. Admission to this programme is on a competitive basis.

Council of Leaned Societies

These grants for collaborative work in China studies are funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. In this cycle of competitions ACLS invites proposals in thehumanities and related social sciences that adopt an explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspective.Projects may, for example, compare aspects of Chinese history and culture with those of other nations and civilizations, explore the interaction of these nations and civilizations, or engage in cross-cultural research on the relations among the diverse and dynamic populations of China. There are no restrictions as to the citizenship of participants or the location of the projects. Awards Amount: up to $25,000 for conferences; $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops and seminars; up to $6,000 for planning meetings. More details. Application deadline: November 7, 2018 for events to be held between June 2019 and December 2020.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Endeavor Leadership Program - Australia

Grand Challenges

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Global Innovation Fund

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Guide to Horizon 2020 for Canadian Researchers

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The application process is opening in early August. Australia’s Department of Education and Training offers financial assistance, through the Endeavour Program, to support Indigenous mobility – including Indigenous student mobility – between Canada and Australia. The funds may be used to support two-way mobility for short and long-term study, research and professional development.

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars from around the world for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants, though they may be combined with sabbatical. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year, during which fellows must devote themselves to full-time research and writing. More details. Application deadline: October 24, 2018

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

The Program offers 3 competitions: a)Pre-dissertation Summer Travel Grants for graduate students who wish to conduct preliminary preparations in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation; b) Postdoctoral Fellowships for scholars who are preparing their PhD dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects: andCollaborative Reading-Workshop Grants for scholars of different disciplines to investigate texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. The program supports the study of Chinese culture and society in all periods. Research in Hong Kong, Tibet and Taiwan is eligible. More details. Application deadline for all 3 programs: November 07, 2018

Institute of Advanced Studies Mellon Fellows

The School of Historical Studies is interested in all fields ofhistorical research, but is concerned principally with the history of Western, Near Eastern and Far Eastern civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, the history of art, the history of science, and modern international relations. To be eligible, scholars must currently hold the title “Assistant Professor” (not including the title “Visiting Assistant Professor”) at a college or university in the U.S. or Canada and as of the application deadline the scholar must be no more than 6 years beyond the date of the Ph.D. Scholars must also be able to return to their current institution after the fellowship. Read more details. Application deadline: November 01, 2018.

John Templeton Foundation funds - U.S.A.

The John Templeton Foundation funds: Mathematical & Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Human Sciences; Philosophy and Theology; Science in Dialogue; Character Development; Individual Freedoms and Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; and Genetics.

The King Baudouin Foundation

Fund Doctor & Mrs Charles Tournay-Dubuisson Program will fundresearch projects focusing specifically on TSC Associated Neuropsychiatric disorders (TAND) with the aim to: - better understand the processes (causes and mechanisms) underpinning the neuropsychatric disorders associated with TSC and/or - translate and implement fundamental discoveries into better prevention, diagnosis, treatment or quality of care/life for patients with TSC and their relatives.

Particular attention is given to innovative projects that make an obvious contribution to the wellbeing of TSC-patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. The call is open to researchers within universities or research centres in Belgium and abroad. The King Baudouin Foundation will only fund not-for-profit organizations. For-profit organizations (f.i. pharmaceutical companies) can be part of a research team but are excluded from funding. Interdisciplinarity, multicentricity and international collaborations are strongly encouraged. Award Amount: 600,000 Euros over 4 years. More details. Application deadline: November 07, 2018.

MacArthur Foundation

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NIH funding opportunities focusing on global health and foreign collaboration - U.S.A.

NIH funding opportunities for which foreign organizations, foreign components of U.S. organizations and/or other foreign components may apply.

  • HIV Drug Resistance: Genotype-Phenotype-Outcome Correlations (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-AI-18-029) Application Receipt Date(s): December 5, 2018
  • Funding supported through the NIH Common Fund’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing program Application Receipt Date(s): October 18, 2018
    • Development of Cell and Tissue Platforms to Detect Adverse Biological Consequences of Somatic Cell Genome Editing (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-RM-18-022)
    • Innovative Technologies to Deliver Genome Editing Machinery to Disease-relevant Cells and Tissues (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-RM-18-023)
    • Expanding the Human Genome Engineering Repertoire (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-RM-18-024)
    • Innovative Technologies to Non-Invasively Monitor Genome Edited Cells In Vivo (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-RM-18-025)
    • Notice of Pre-Application Webinar for the NIH Common Fund Somatic Cell Genome Editing program (NOT-RM-18-020)
  • Novel Approaches for Relating Genetic Variation to Function and Disease (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PA-18-867) and (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PA-18-868) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply
  • Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PA-18-872) and (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PA-18-873) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply
  • Modular R01s in Cancer Control and Population Sciences (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-18-869) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2018
  • Spectrum of Alzheimers Disease and Age-related Cognitive Decline Early Stage Clinical Trials (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-18-877) Late Stage Clinical Trials (R01 Clinical Trial Required) (PAR-18-878) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply
  • BRAIN Initiative: Development of Novel Tools to Probe Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in Human and Non-Human Primate Brain (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-MH-19-135) Application Receipt Date(s): October 9, 2018
  • NIH Clinical Center (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-18-879) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 3, 2018
  • Discovery of Biomarkers, Biomarker Signatures, and Endpoints for Pain (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-NS-18-041) Application Receipt Date(s): November 27, 2018
  • Novel Approaches to Safe, Non-Invasive, Real Time Assessment of Human Placenta Development and Function Across Pregnancy (R01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-18-884) and (R21 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-18-885) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 4, 2018
  • Notice of Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (NOT-GM-18-041) Note: The project description should document the need for and nature of collaborations, including possible mentoring of U.S. students at a foreign site.
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS): Basic Mechanisms of Health Effects, Clinical Trial Not Allowed (R01) (PAR-18-845) and (R21) (PAR-18-846) Population, Clinical and Applied Prevention Research, Clinical Trial Optional (R01) (PAR-18-847) and (R21) (PAR-18-848) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 24, 2018; and more
  • Advancing mAbs to Achieve a Drug-free Sustained HIV Virologic Remission (U01 Clinical Trial Required) (RFA-AI-18-022) Application Receipt Date(s): October 10, 2018, October 9, 2019
  • Role of Gut Microbiome in Regulating Reproduction and Its Impact on Fertility Status in Women Living with and Without HIV (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional) (PA-18-838) and (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) (PA-18-839) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply
  • Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-18-843) and (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-18-844) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 16, 2018, and more
  • Integrative Omics to Enhance Therapeutics Development for Healthy Aging (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-AG-19-011) Application Receipt Date(s): November 14, 2018
  • Elucidating the Functional Roles of Non-Coding RNAs in Viral Infectious Diseases (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-AI-18-025) Application Receipt Date(s): November 15, 2018
  • Request for Administrative Supplements for Basic Research on Opioids to Existing Grant Awards (NOT-DA-18-014)

NIH funding opportunities for which United States small business concerns (SBCs) may collaborate with a foreign business entity - U.S.A.

  • BRAIN Initiative: Development Optimization, and Validation of Novel Tools and Technologies for Neuroscience Research (STTR) (R41/R42 - Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (PA-18-870) and (SBIR) (R43/R44 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PA-18-871) Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply
  • Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43/R44 - Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-MD-18-009) and (R41/R42- Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-MD-18-010) Application Receipt Date(s): October 1, 2018

Post Doc Pool Grants - Finland

The pool grants are intended only for sending researchers abroad from Finland and will cover all expenses for conducting research abroad, including travel and moving costs, schooling expenses and insurance. 

Research Collaboration with the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) in Mexico - Mexico

The Autonomous University of Yucatan is interested in receiving Canadian students and in developing research collaboration with Canadian faculty. Read about summary information sheet on the university, including areas of research strength and contact information on their website.

Research for Health in Humanitarian Crisis (R2HC) Program - United Kingdom

Research for Health in Humanitarian Crisis (R2HC) Program aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. Funded by DFID, Wellcome Trust and the UK National Institute for Health.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions supporting work that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. The Foundation offers five competitions – including one for faculty recruitment, to support research and teaching. More details. Application deadlines: November 14, 2018 and January 09, 2019 for the New Professorships in Buddhist Studies grant.

Stockholm International Water Institute - Sweden

Stockholm Water Prize worth $150,000USD. The Laureate receives global acknowledgement and visibility, a specially designed sculpture, and USD 150,000. He or she also has the privilege of presenting a lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week in Stockholm. 

The UK Department of International Development Funding

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Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

UICC's mission is to unite the cancer community, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. The Yamagiwa-Yoshida International Memorial (YY) Study Grant programme aims specifically at supporting established cancer investigators from any country to initiate, set up or pursue bilateral cancer research projects with collaborating investigators abroad. 

The University of Essex International Visiting Fellowships - United Kingdom

The University of Essex International Visiting Fellowships are the University’s flagship research fellowship programme, in which internationally recognised researchers based outside of the United Kingdom are invited to experience and contribute to the research community at the University of Essex. 

Wellcome Trust

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United States Federal Funding

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